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MOONBEAM IV

  • 114.9166'
  • 1914
  • WILLIAM FIFE AND SON
  • Palma , Spain
  • 4 500 000 €

ABOUT MOONBEAM IV

The fourth, final and largest Moonbeam, was designed and built by William Fife Junior for Charles Plumptre Johnson, the son of the physician to Queen Victoria, a keen racing sailor. She is the only Moonbeam Gaff Cutter design of the 20th Century and the W

First launched in 1914 and commissioned after the Great War, in 1920, she is perhaps best described by Uffa Fox:

“No matter whether she is under way or at anchor, Moonbeam is beautiful to look upon, and combining the speed of a racer with the comfort of a cruiser, is a vessel any seaman would be proud to own.”
The famous French sailor, Eric Tabarly, also wrote a letter to the owners, describing her as “the most beautiful yacht ever built”.

Owned for many years by Prince Rainier of Monaco, she was a familiar site all around the Mediterranean, playing host to many famous names. Following this era as a Bermudian Ketch, she suffered a period of neglect until rescued by her then owners in Greece, and later taken to Asia to be given a new lease of life. Thus in 2000 began a new period in this famous yacht’s history.

All the woodwork above and below decks is handcrafted to an exceptional standard by skilled craftsmen, using the finest woods. It was decided to return her to her 1927 rig, the towering “Marconi” Gaff Rig. All deck furniture is as original, and the interior layout is very similar to the original Fife design, with a few concessions to modern comforts. Everything from the exotic hardwood interior to the tip of the towering spruce mast was handpicked for beauty, authenticity and functionality. The bronze and other fittings are faithful copies of the original Fife designs. A full photographic history of the refit is available to interested parties showing the removal of the superb teak planking, the renewal of the steel frames as necessary, and the replacing of the original teak duly treated and using new bronze bolts. The 2001 restoration was too complete to be detailed here, but let us say that the original superb Fife hull has been saved in its entirety, but most of the vessel dates from that period, with improvements and modifications since.

DETAILS & DIMENSIONS
  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: WILLIAM FIFE AND SON
  • Category: Classic Yacht
  • Model: N/A
  • Model Year: 1914
  • YearBuilt: 2001
  • Year Refit: 2002
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: Spain
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 3/6 - Crew R/B/S: 0/6/0
  • LOA: 114' 11" (35.03m)
  • LWL: --
  • LOD: 95' 1" (28.98m)
  • Beam: 17' 11" (5.46m)
  • Min Draft: 13' 11" (4.24m)
  • Max Draft: 13' 11" (4.24m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 9 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: 10 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: --
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: --
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: --
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 6
  • Heads: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
  • State Rooms: 3
  • Crew Berths: 6
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Teak
  • Deck Material: N/A
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Lehman
  • Model: N/A
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: N/A
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Accommodations

N° of cabins: 5 cabins: 3 x Owner -  2 x Crew
N° of cabins en suite: 3 x Owner
N° of berths: 7 x Owner  (2 double berths, 3 singles) and 7 x Crew (1 double and 5 singles)
N° of bathroom: 3 x Owner (3 showers and 1 bath) and 1 x Crew (shower)
 
 The accommodation layout is very close to the original, with the addition of a real chart table and en-suite facilities for the guest cabins. From forward we have the crew foc'sle with 5 pipe coats. Aft of this to port is the fully fitted galley and to starboard the captain's double bedded cabin.  Aft of the mast we have the main saloon beautifully panelled in local hard wood, with glass fronted lockers, an escritoire and numerous drawers. The original gimballed dining table is here with comfortable settees both sides. Aft of the saloon we have the main companion way leading up to the beautifully built doghouse and to starboard we have the twin bedded cabin with en-suite shower and toilet. Opposite this to port is the double berth guest cabin also with its own facilities. Just aft of the port cabin is the full size chart table with storage for navigational books, charts and some electronics. Further aft is the master stateroom with to port a double bunk and to starboard a single. The quality of craftsmanship throughout is excellent and the interior atmosphere very warm and welcoming. The layout is very similar to Fife's original drawings except for the addition of the chart table and en-suite facilities throughout. The saloon and guest accommodation is fully air-conditioned and the numerous large skylights offer ample natural light and ventilation.
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