Classic S/Y MOONBEAM IV Emerges from Six Month Refit

By Emily Dawkins

Classic sailing yacht 35m Moonbeam IV has emerged from an extensive six month refit at French shipyard JFA Yachts. Delivered in 1914 by Scottish architect William Fife, Moonbeam IV underwent ‘major restoration works’ that began in November last year.

Recognised internationally for her prominence in Mediterranean regattas, Moonbeam IV is one of the most iconic yachts to be built and designed by renowned architect William Fife.

Brest-based shipyard JFA Yachts was chosen by Moonbeam IV’s owners to complete the works, with collaboration from the naval carpentry experts at Hubert Stagnol shipyard. 

Alongside mechanical maintenance, ‘major restoration works’ were completed on her Oregon pine hull and rig. The hull, which is made entirely of teak wood, was stripped, overhauled and replaced, and a ‘Vanilla White’ top coat was applied. 

Moonbeam IV’s skylights were restored, and particular attention was also given to the bulwarks and the rig by the Hubert Stagnol experts. Her head mast was also replaced.

Throughout her refit, the 1914 classic yacht sat in a cradle made by JFA.  

Having returned to service last month following her refit, the 35m is now on her way to Scotland to take part in the Fife Regatta, that will run from the 10th to the 17th June. Her new home port will be in Brittany, France. 

Moonbeam IV has a beam of 5.1m and draft of 3.9m. She is expected to return to JFA Yachts and Hubert Stagnol for more works this Autumn. 

By Emily Dawkins