Moonen Launches Sofia: Their Largest Yacht To Date

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has successfully launched the 42-metre custom superyacht Sofia for a repeat client. Not only is she the largest superyacht launched to date by the yard, Sofia also features a three-seat submarine, a wide range of other technical innovations, and outstanding noise & vibration attenuation.


A crossover between go-anywhere expedition vessels and the classic modern yachts that are Moonen’s hallmark, Sofia was custom-designed with safety, functionality and redundancy to the fore. Built to Lloyds and MCA, she implements the latest building techniques with top-of-the-line equipment and systems.

Sofia also brings together some of the finest creative minds and hands in the Dutch superyacht industry. Designed by René van der Velden, Stolk Marimecs was responsible for the complex naval architecture and engineering. Frank Pieterse and Marilyn Bos – de Vaal from Art-Line then went on to develop the remarkable interior, which features a wide range of genuinely innovative features. The experts at Inoferro had their work cut out to incorporate the wealth of stainless steel detailing, as did the woodworkers and many other craftsmen across all disciplines from Moonen Shipyards. The result is a triumph.


Sofia was created for a repeat client with bespoke requirements based on his wide range of previous experiences. Having bought his first GRP motoryacht in 1994 and sailed several other vessels around the 80-foot range as well as an X-612 MKII sailing yacht (which he still owns today), Sofia’s owner first teamed up with Moonen almost a decade ago.

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