Moonen Shipyards has launched the 42m custom motoryacht Sofia for a repeat client. As well as being the largest Moonen to date, Sofia makes waves with her unique three-seater submarine.
The owner travelled to the yard in person for the launch and expressed his delight at how the specific requirements for this fully custom motoryacht had been brought to fruition. During the acceptance speech he confessed he was already considering possibly ordering an even larger project sometime in the future. With plans afoot to increase the building capacity at Moonen, Sofia may not hold the size record for very long.
Any shipyard that offers owners a genuinely tailor-made superyacht must always be open to new ideas, and Sofia serves as a testimony to the flexibility available at Moonen. Soon after the shipyard started construction of Sofia the owner decided to extend the yacht by a further four feet so she could carry a submarine for three passengers instead of the originally specified two.
This meant that engineers had to create a unique launching system which, like the rest of Sofia, fully meets all Lloyd’s and MCA classification requirements. No other luxury motoryacht in this size range has a sub that can take three people to depths of 100 metres.
There are many high-tech highlights on this sophisticated motoryacht including an integrated foil bridge, a full Kaleidoscope video server with multi-room control (including lighting, blinds and climate control) via i-Pad, a galley equipped with professional stainless steel equipment, a thermal camera in the top mast, and an MOB system with personal tracking.
Press Release, October 2, 2012; Image: moonen