News: Official delivery of 42m luxury yacht SOFIA announced by Moonen

August 29, 2013 by lucy
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The four guest cabins on the lower deck and the owner’s suite forward on the main deck have a similar style based on a unified colour scheme, leather bedspreads and curtains, and beds made of wicker cane. A natural luxurious summerhouse feel is engendered, with individual colouring provided by details such as the cushions. Overall this provides for an air of coordinated connectivity whereby the individual rooms seem to float into each while each retaining a structure of its own.

To add an extra degree of intricacy, the master suite has even more luxurious leathers, including panels on the back wall imprinted with a delicate pattern and various woven fabrics with leather detailing. The bed has been located more to the port side rather than the traditional central placement, creating space for a proper seating area on the starboard side where the owners can enjoy some private moments together. Featuring a specially made leather sofa in the corner and the coffee table from the owner’s private collection, this set-up allows the seating area to play a key role in emphasising the volume.

The bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and corridor entrance area are all shaped in line with the main lounge, giving a logical feel as the circular effect is continued and still visible in the ceiling. In a similar way, the owner’s bathroom is very much an extension of the suite, with matching colours, materials, detailing and atmosphere. The washbasins have a unique design with a subtle extra glass shelf on top of the marble countertops.

Another cool Art-Line innovation found in the bathrooms are the special trays recessed into the countertops. These smart solutions to the usual storm latches were especially made in Brazil. The same trays are found in the four guest cabins, which also stand out due to their impressive windows and sea level views. There are two aft double cabins and two twins foreword which can be converted into doubles if required.

Peace and quiet
All this splendour is enjoyed in peace as luxury yacht Sofia performs as well as she looks. During her sea trials she achieved Class 1 status within the Passenger and Crew Accommodation Comfort notation from the Lloyd’s Register rules and regulations for Special Service Craft. The noise levels allowed for a superior stateroom on a superyacht are 50 db. The tests recorded that Sofia’s staterooms were as low as 40 db in some places and the sound levels never exceeded 46 db at 12 knots service speed even in the cabins closest to the engine room.

A similar accomplishment was noted in the lounge, where the measurements again showed that the sound levels were 4 to 5 dB lower than the figure required to reach Class 1 status. The noise levels were even lower in the wheelhouse, coming in at 45 db in an area where 60 db is still considered comfortable enough for Class 1.

The vibration tests showed an even more remarkable performance. In the staterooms and lounges a maximum vibration level of 0.3 to 0.4 was recorded (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 1.8), while the public spaces of the superyacht were measured at 0.4 (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 2.5). These low noise and vibration levels are a testimony to the engineering work that went into the design of this custom vessel as well as the phenomenal construction skills of the Moonen craftsmen.

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