One of the largest vessels launched by Moonen shipyard to date, NORTHLANDER made her US debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and Boatbookings was delighted with the opportunity to tour this elegant yacht with the builder.
NORTHLANDER is a 124’ steel-hulled expedition yacht, ideal for chartering to any port of call. It is hardly surprising that NORTHLANDER was a finalist in this year’s most prestigious 2010 World Superyacht Awards, selected by a jury comprised of owners and industry experts.
Moonen Shipyard, located in Voss in southern Holland, builds only three to four boats per year, each with entirely customized interiors. NORTHLANDER is the end product of the close collaboration between the Owner and Art-Line Design Interiors.
Throughout the yacht, unique decorative finishes such as pyramid shaped panel sections, sculptural copper and copper mesh, punctuate elegant oak soles and immaculate cherry wood joinery. Sophisticated modern furnishings are playfully touched by bursts of 60s mod fabrics and accents.
The ambience of NORTHLANDER is incredibly unique. A very calm and serene quality is achieved through the use of materials reminiscent of summer, such as woven cane, river rock, and kirei board, an eco-friendly material made from the soybean plant. This ingenious juxtaposition of many different elements works amazingly well together.
On NORTHLANDER, the four-deck central atrium and spiral staircase is the signature feature. Connecting lower deck to sundeck, it is topped by a hydraulically opening skylight that gives access to the sun deck when open and allows a column of light that fills the core of the yacht, augmenting the surround of full height windows on three sides of the main and bridge deck salons.
Accommodations are in the main deck master forward, and two double and two twin guest suites amidships on the lower deck. Intricately woven cane beds seem to float peacefully above the floor creating a wonderfully airy feeling. Master and guest bathrooms are handsomely designed with a rare level of sophistication.
The bright and inviting bridge beckons guests to sit and pretend, if only for a moment, that they are master and commander. The helm design is based on ergonomic principles, which surround the Captain in an awesome array of high tech monitors, panels, joysticks, buttons and digitized controls, all within arms reach of the centrally positioned adjustable chair.
NORTHLANDER is stylish, stable, comfortable and a very special yacht. Whether guests choose to be out on deck or relax indoors, each area can handle the crowd with ease, yet each space has an intimacy to delight the most romantic couple.
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