36m Moonen Project Martinique launched and named Brigadoon
by Chris Jefferies
Moonen Yachts has launch its 36.3 metre Project Martinique, which has now been named Brigadoon. Built to Lloyd's standards, Brigadoon features exterior styling by Rene Van Der Velden and naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design.
The yacht was built on-spec before being sold in May 2018 and, following customisations to suit its owner's tastes, will be given a public debut in September at the Cannes and Monaco boat shows.
The Martinique model is recognisable as part of the Moonen family, but features a low-profile exterior, vertical windows and sharper lines. Inside, its Nauta Design interior sports a modern 349GT 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, resulting in a maximum capacity of ten people. Back aft, the crew quarters measure 290 metres square and can accommodate a staff of up to six 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 design features a unique high tensile steel hull, which provides significant weight savings without any loss of strength. Power comes from a pair of 1,925hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 17 knots and a maximum cruising range of 4,000 nautical miles at ten knots.
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 main shareholder behind Moonen is strongly engaged and committed to the brand, keen to drive our yard forward in terms of offering clients innovative and eco-friendly solutions,” said Moonen CEO Johan Dubbelman. “We have recently embarked on a renewed and inspiring path that combines the rich heritage of Moonen and its DNA with a fresh take on aesthetics and design.
“Flexibility will be crucial as we allow Moonen owners exceptional leeway when it comes to the superstructure, interior design, layout and onboard facilities and equipment. Moreover, Moonen is going to ensure that our designs even more closely reflect the very latest demands from the market in terms of the onboard lifestyle people enjoy.”
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. Following the sale of Brigadoon, Moonen announced that it will build a second hull in the series on speculation with delivery scheduled for 2020.