Published: Friday, 13 June 2014

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands is starting construction of the first in its recently unveiled Caribbean series of motoryachts. The 36.58-metre (125') Martinique will have a hull built of high tensile steel, an innovation in the yachting industry. This will allow for an impressive turn of speed, low fuel consumption and a high level of comfort. Martinique will be launched in the summer of 2016.

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The new Caribbean series was introduced in May 2014, offering six different designs from 85 to 125 feet. All are named after islands in the Caribbean, reflecting the fact that these Moonen quality luxury cruisers are likely to spend much of their time in warm and exotic climates.

In addition to its semi-series superyachts, Moonen also builds fully custom yachts, the most recent being the 42-metre Sofia. The first yacht of her size to carry a three-man submarine, Sofia received a Judges Commendation at the recent World Superyacht Awards. The options to adapt the interior and facilities of a Caribbean yacht are enormous, and Martinique’s owner will benefit accordingly.

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The advantage of using high tensile steel is that the construction can be made significantly lighter than normal steel with the same strength, resulting in a lighter boat that retains the benefits of steel. This lighter construction allows for a higher speed than one would expect from a full displacement yacht of this size. In addition, the Caribbean yachts have a hull form that give a higher hull speed than normal full displacement yachts while ensuring lower fuel consumption at below hull-speed speeds.

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Increasing the length without overly increasing the weight provides for a much better performance in terms of both fuel economy and seakeeping. The use of high tensile steel reduces the weight and gives the extra displacement, comfort and safety of a traditional steel displacement yacht.

Martinique also has a layout that reflects the latest thinking in comfort and style. The master suite is on the main deck and has splendid panoramic views. Other highlights will include a spacious galley, a large saloon and outside space on the wheelhouse deck, an expansive swimming platform and an engine room designed for easy maintenance.

Her owner, like all Moonen clients, will have the assurance of Moonen’s superior warranty terms and renowned after-sales service.