Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has launched Bijoux, the first motoryacht in its exciting new semi-custom Caribbean series. The owners of this 30-metre ‘Matica’ model attended the christening ceremony and expressed how much they were looking forward to experiencing the style, comfort and relaxation of cruising on board this beautiful new superyacht.
Designed by Rene van der Velden, this raised pilothouse version of the new Caribbean series features stunning curved windows on the main and bridge decks, a finely recessed hull and a modern yet timeless aesthetic that showcases a bright new future in motoryacht elegance. Bijoux will now be outfitted and given extensive sea trials before her final delivery handover at the end of June.
“As launch customers for this model, the owners have had a significant influence on the design and layout of the first Matica,” says project manager Nicky van Zon. “Although they have visited the yard on a number of occasions during the build, they were delighted that the yacht looked even better in the water than they had imagined. The owners were also impressed by the views from the pilothouse and the second steering position on the flybridge. And it was wonderful to see the superb colour combination of a grey hull, white superstructure and black striping come into its own.”
The launch of Bijoux also brought into the light the yacht’s superb transom stern, one of the key design elements that distinguishes the Matica from any previous Moonen project. The entire transom can be transformed into a giant hatch, which opens aft to form a large swimming platform. A fixed stairway on the starboard side connects this leisure area to the main deck.
The Adam Lay Studio has developed a refined interior design concept for the first Matica, emphasising the broad range of bespoke choices that owners have within the Caribbean concept. Clean lines, symmetry, balance, proportion and lots of natural light are prominent themes, all set within a practical and liveable environment. A wide VIP stateroom is in a prime position forward on the main deck, offering a magnificent panorama. On the lower deck are the full-beam owner’s stateroom and two guest suites, all of which have large portholes and are luxuriously appointed.
Bijoux comes in at just below the 200 GT mark with the maximum volume possible. Her hull is based on the tried and tested Moonen 97, providing comfortable seakeeping and low fuel consumption. A steep bow gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline, adding to the comfort and fuel economy. The Matica models have a limited draught and well protected propellers so that they can easily explore shallow waters.
A fine experience
“It has been a wonderful experience to work so closely with the owners on this project,” concludes Van Zon. “The trust and confidence they have in Moonen has been rewarded by all the craftsmen at the yard giving their all to this project. Now we are going to complete Bijoux to make sure the owners enjoy the boat as much as we have enjoyed building her.“
Moonen also has another project in the Caribbean series which is available for new owners. The hull of the first Martinique motoryacht is almost completed and her superstructure is taking shape. Parties interested in taking over this 37-metre build are encouraged to contact the yard directly.