Project Martinique nearing completion at Moonen
by Chris Jefferies
As the images below reveal, her 349GT Nauta Design interior is starting to take shape with the interior joinery installed, but the yard adds that there is still time for an owner to make their mark on the project by choosing the interior fabrics and loose furniture.
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, 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 14.5 knots and a maximum cruising range of 3,900 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 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.