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Superyacht Ciao returns to Moonen for big winter refit

Julia Larikova
December 13, 2017

Launched by Moonen in 2007, the 29-meter fast displacement yacht Ciao, previously known as Nilo, has sailed in December from the Mediterranean to Holland for her first extensive refit that will include a whole range of technical and aesthetic upgrades.

On the technical side, the main goal is to shift from hydraulic to electrical stabilization ensured by CMC zero-speed stabilizers. Maintenance and service on the propulsion drive, including a controllable pitch propeller system, will be carried out as well. Finally, the work on the underwater body will consist of replacing the anodes and protecting the bottom with two fresh coats of antifouling.

Speaking about the advantages of  performing the refit at the home yard, Moonen service manager Eckly Hendriks points out: 

“Moonen has a strong image of craftsmanship and the owner is really keen on detail and perfection. As well as helping retain resale value, we also know all the ins and outs of the vessel. And the fact that Moonen has the option to temporarily import the vessel into the Netherlands was also beneficial to the owner.”

The project will require different types of craftsmanship from carpenters to mechanical engineers. The Dutch yard’s strong ties with its subcontractors, such as CMC based in Italy or Servogear from Norway, is also seen as an asset.

Ciao will undergo the refit in the course of eight weeks, after which the luxury boat will stay in Moonen’s acclimatized hall until the new season begins. Her captain will also remain close to his charge with all the facilities at hand to do his job.

Launched in 2007 as part of Moonen Alu 94 series and sold to her current owner in 2015, Ciao features exterior design by Rene Van Der Velden and Art-Line interior styling. Accommodation for up to eight guests is split across four en-suite cabins, arranged as two twin rooms, a VIP suite and a master cabin, while the crew quarters is for a two people.

Power comes from a pair of 1,825 hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines for a top speed of 26 knots and an average speed of 19 knots. Total fuel capacity of 18.900 liters allows for a cruising range of 2.500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 11 knots.