Moonen Martinique project passes major milestone
by Chris Jefferies
Dutch yard Moonen Yachts has given a construction update on its 36.3 metre in-build superyacht, hull number one in the Caribbean Martinique series, which recently saw its steel hull and aluminium superstructure joined.
Hailing the latest landmark in the construction process, project manager Nicky van Zon said: "The marriage of the hull and superstructure is the first [major moment when] you get a visual impression of the true shape of a boat. It is fascinating to see how much volume this superyacht has now that she is taking shape."
The project is currently listed for sale through Simon Goldsworthy at Edmiston & Company, after the original buyer pulled out during the construction process. Completion is scheduled for spring 2018.
Interiors have been styled by Nauta Design with a total volume of less than 350GT, but Moonen stresses that there is still plenty of room for a new buyer to make the Martinique their own.
The design features a unique high tensile steel hull, which provides significant weight savings without any loss of strength. Power comes from a pair of 1,900hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 16 knots and a maximum cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.
The Martinique model is recognisable as part of the Moonen family, but features a low-profile exterior, vertical windows and sharper lines. Inside, she has a modern layout with a main-deck owner's cabin offering panoramic views, a country-style galley, and a spacious main saloon.
The lower deck features two VIP cabins and two guest cabins that can be used by either three children or two adults, resulting in a maximum capacity of 12. Back aft, the crew quarters measure 290 metres square and can accommodate a staff of up to seven people in four cabins. Moonen argues that the extra space in here is more than worthwhile as "if crew enjoy being on a boat, so do the owners".
The external design allows for 180 square metres of al fresco space, and key features include a 5.5 metre tender garage as well as the option for a crane to store all manner of superyacht water toys on the bridge deck.
The Netherlands-based superyacht builder first revealed its Caribbean range of yachts in 2014 as a new, updated style of superyacht that blends the yard's yacht building heritage with modern design aesthetics.
This semi-custom yacht series offers seven designs measuring from 26 to 49 metres LOA, each named after Caribbean islands. The first of which, the 29.9 metre Moonen Matica, was launched in May 2016 and named Bijoux.