Moonen shipyard is keeping busy, as it announced it is currently refitting two Moonen 97 yachts: NIMBUS and ETOILE D’AZUR, in addition to the new build work at the yard. Both Nimbus and Etoile D’Azur will receive new exterior pain livery, interior modifications and a number of technical upgrades.
“The owner decided to buy a larger superyacht so that he could have the range to make longer cruises and have more equipment available for charter activities. Having enjoyed eight great years onboard his previous Moonen it was an obvious choice to buy another Moonen motoryacht.” states Captain Tristan Le Brun of the Moonen 97 Etoile D’Azure, previously Captain of the Moonen 84 Etoile D’Azure, which was extensively refitted at the yard over the winter 2012/13.
“What’s more, we got an excellent price for the Moonen 84 Etoile d’Azur – 75% of the new amount despite her age and the many hours on the engines and generator. This is a testimony to the original build quality, and the fact that she had been refitted at Moonen also made a huge difference on the market and preserved the value of the boat. As the owner likes to keep his yacht in a pristine condition, it therefore made perfect sense to bring the ‘new’ Etoile d’Azur back ‘home’ too in order to bring her fully in line with his wishes.”
Originally launched as SOFIA II in 2008, ETOILE D’AZUR was bought during the Palm Beach boat show in 2015. She is a displacement cruise perfect for extensive exploration.
Both Owner and captain were aware that Moonen has been recovering from a difficult financial period following its main shareholder having to pull out of the construction of the 37m/120’/350 GT Martinique due to the collapse of the global steel market. The hull of this particular project is now complete and the yard is looking for new customer for this exciting project and complete the construction of this pioneering member of the Caribbean series.