Published: Thursday, 02 April 2015

The first example of the semi-custom motoryacht Martinique is taking shape at Moonen Shipyards as the Dutch yard makes excellent progress on a project that will be completed by the summer of 2016. 

First Martinique Takes Shape At Moonen Shipyards

While the initial stages of the revolutionary high-tensile steel hull are completed, the designers and engineers continue to make adaptations that enhance the 36-metre (120-foot) superyacht from Moonen’s new Caribbean series. The positive response to its semi-custom Caribbean series took the premium Dutch yard a little by surprise. Two versions of the Caribbean series are already under construction – Martinique hull #1 and the first 30-metre (100-foot) Matica.

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Like her sister ships, the Martinique is named after an island in the Caribbean, reflecting the fact that she is likely to spend much of her time in warm climates. Her design from the boards of René van der Velden showcases a modern twist on the classic Moonen style.

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“The Martinique will be a lightweight superyacht which, when paired with a smart slender hull design, will give a projected top speed of approximately 17 knots combined with a low fuel consumption at cruising speed,” says Moonen Managing Director Emile Bilterijst.

“Leveraging on Moonen’s rich experience with fast displacement boats we have opted to add propeller tunnels to Martinique,” Bilterijst says. “One of the goals was to offer a limited draft - which will be a vital feature when exploring such wonderful places as the Bahamas - combined with low fuel consumption at cruising speeds. This requires large propellers and CFD [computational fluid dynamics] calculations have been used to optimise tunnel shape and positioning of appendages on the hull.”

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Meanwhile the interior designers from the Nauta Design studio in Italy are coming up with an array of ideas that offer flexibility in the interior layout.

With the design and engineering process complete, the production team is now working to ensure that the innovative and charter-friendly Martinique lives up to her potential as the best superyacht available in this size. Like all models in Moonen’s Caribbean series, she will benefit from Moonen’s stringent quality control as well as Moonen’s superior warranty terms and after-sales service.