Boat of the Week: Meet the Lightning-Fast, 7,400 HP Superyacht That Thinks It’s a Jet Ski

For most boat owners, the idea of ​​a tender is an inflatable boat dangling on the aft deck of the yacht. When Mexican billionaire Carlos Peralta was looking for a tender for his newly built, 250-foot superyacht Princess Mariana from Royal Denship, he decided on something bigger.
Like an 87-ton rocket ship with a total output of 7,400 hp and a top speed of 80 km / h. Baptized moon goddess, the boat was designed to take a lunch break from Cannes to Corsica in summer or from Miami to Bimini in winter while the mothership stayed at anchor.
When Peralta, founder of Mexican telecommunications giant Groupo Iusacell SA, decided to take a break from sailing in 2010, he put both yachts up for sale. After Princess Mariana found a buyer in 2011 - her final price was $ 98 million - Peralta kept the moon goddess on the back of his sprawling Miami estate on the Indian River near Bal Harbor.
Originally offered for $ 9 million in 2010, the price had fallen to $ 6.15 million by 2015. Now the upside-down super tender with its oh-so-floral sea-foam green paintwork is back on the market and is being offered by Camper and Nicholsons for what appears to be a fire sale price of only $ 2 million. Especially when you consider that it had a major overhaul last year, with new teak decks, paint, and engine and generator overhauls.
Like Mr. Peralta's super yacht Princess Mariana, Moon Goddess was designed by Monaco-based naval architect Espen Oeino and features the same, unique, featured bow design. Oeino fondly remembers the project and realizes that it was one of his first. “I loved creating such a quick, unusual proposal,” he says. "The owner gave me complete freedom in design."
The 114-foot stand out for its breathtaking airplane-style construction, split, wraparound windshield and curvy tumble home. As the name of the moon goddess suggests, the roof has a huge retractable moon roof that can be slid open to flood the cabin with light.
Danish yachts from Skagen, Denmark built the boat out of carbon fiber and kevlar to make their I-beam stiff and extremely light for their size. It was launched in 2006.
To give the yacht its sensational performance, Oeino specified a pair of thundering MTU 4000M90 turbo diesels with 7,400 hp made in Germany. All of these mechanical muscles deliver two jets of Hamilton water that are connected to the engines by carbon fiber shafts.
"The volume of water moving through these jets is just amazing," the yacht's captain, John Greenwood, told Robb Report. "At full throttle, the jets could fill an Olympic swimming pool in a minute."
Greenwood, who has directed and supervised the moon goddess for eight years, says that maneuverability is what makes the boat special. “She turns in no time, even at 40 knots. And she makes 43, drives all day at 25 and has a range of around 400 nautical miles. "
The boat's strictest secret is its emergency stop power. If you hit backwards at 40 knots, the water jets immediately divert their enormous thrust. The result; a point in an incredible one and a half boat lengths. "Sometimes it feels like you're riding an oversized jet ski," says Greenwood. “It turns in turns and has the same maneuverability and ability to change direction. It's scary, ”he explains.
Inside, the design layout is the work of the renowned French designer Francois Zuretti. He gave Moon Goddess the look and feel of an oversized day boat with an indoor and outdoor teak-decked saloon with large sofas to relax in and an eye-friendly neutral color scheme.
Below deck are three spacious cabins including a full-width master suite. There is also a well-equipped galley, dining area, second saloon and crew quarters for five people. Your deafening audio system with 60 speakers should defy description.
"I think the boat is in the best shape it has ever seen," says Greenwood. "She's ready to go. There's no other design like this one. It's definitely the most photographed boat in Miami."
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