Known as Project YN202 and announced in January 2021, the first 34 metre superyacht from Dutch shipyard Moonen Yachts, has reached its next milestone since the keel laying. Due for delivery in March 2023, construction of YN202 began in June of this year and will be the first Moonen 110 to be built. Once completed, she will achieve a maximum speed of 13 knots.
Representatives from Moonen Yachts and Diana Yacht Design gathered at Talsma Shipyards in Friesland, where four heavy duty cranes carefully assisted in turning the 34 metre hull over. A process which took a total of 4 hours.
John Bechtold, Moonen’s Project Manager of YN202 says “It is a very special moment to see the first hull of the new Moonen 110 ready in her sailing position. I am very proud and grateful of the first result that we have achieved together as a new team, after an intensive and instructive process. Talsma Shipyards, Diana Yacht Design and our own Moonen team have all done an exceptional job.”
Talsma Shipyards, builders of the 34 metre hull shared their thoughts on the process; “Turning the hull is one of the bigger milestones in the hull production. At Talsma Shipyards we always build our hulls upside down. This makes building easier, since the building floor and deck are both flat and it reduces the time spent working above the head.
The building process is typically about 60% finished when the turning takes place. Most of the section work has finished and after turning we enter the outfitting phase of the build. Small ironwork, like placing foundations, hull penetrations, bollards, piping, placing the bulwark etc. will now take place.”
Nick Tot, Naval Architect at Diana Yacht Design states that “The hull of YN202 is the result of extensive collaboration between multiple disciplines across multiple companies. We at Diana Yacht Design modelled the hull to achieve the desired sailing characteristics, dimensions, and interior space as desired by Moonen Yachts. After which we engineered her in full compliance of the Bureau Veritas rules and regulations and optimised her for construction at Talsma shipyards.
We are very proud to have worked together with all parties involved in order to build this high quality piece of Dutch engineering.”