For some time, the smallest Moonen has been the 84 Alu, an 84-foot all-aluminum design.

A smaller Moonen, designed by Nick Mezas, targets new boat owners.

A smaller Moonen, designed by Nick Mezas, targets new boat owners.

“Over the past 20 years, Moonen, like many yards, has seen the length of our boats pushed upwards by its clients,” Emile Bilterijst, Moonen’s managing director, explains. “This has an inevitable impact on the organization, product, quality levels, and costs. We have had several enquiries from entry-level owners, and it is vital that we do not price ourselves out of this area.”

The solution is this new design, by Nick Mezas. The sizes being offered are 18, 20, and 24 meters, or 59 feet, 65’6”, and 78’7”, respectively. All feature a fast-displacement hull design. Somewhat of a hybrid between a traditional displacement hull and a semi-displacement one, it’s fuel efficient at slower cruising speeds and higher ones, not just in one range. The Mezas designs should all see top speeds around 22 knots, via Volvo Penta’s IPS.

The new Moonen yachts will be semi-custom. However, something owners are sure to preserve is the open main-deck arrangement. The helm isn’t walled off from the saloon. Bilterijst believes this will appeal to owner-operators and families.

The yachts will be built to CE standards, rather than classification society standards, further to keep costs down.

Diane Byrne