We will soon start construction of the first in our new Caribbean series of motoryachts. The 36.58 m Martinique is an innovation for the industry as she will have a hull built of high tensile steel. Along with an ingenious hull design and Moonen’s ‘enhanced length principle’ (ELP), this allows for an impressive turn of speed, low fuel consumption and high comfort levels.
Both Martinique and the entire Caribbean series reflect our decades-long experience in the design, engineering and construction of luxury motoryachts. Over the past 13 years we have launched 15 classic motoryachts in Moonen 84, Moonen 94, Moonen 97 and Moonen 99 versions. All these Moonen quality vessels benefitted from a superior seakeeping performance, very low noise & vibration, exquisite finishing, a bespoke interior design, low operational costs and a high resale value. Now Moonen is offering a more modern looking range of superyachts that blend all these values with a contemporary twist.
The new Caribbean series was introduced in May 2014, offering six different designs from 85 feet to 125 feet. All are named after islands in the Caribbean, reflecting the fact that these Moonen quality cruisers are likely to spend much of their times in warm and exotic climates.
In addition to semi-series superyachts, Moonen also builds fully custom yachts such as the 42 m Sofia, which 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.
Smart Moonen thinking
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.
Moonen has been pioneering this type of high speed displacement concept for a number of years, including the Moonen 94 Nilo and the Moonen 99 Phoebe. Increasing length without overly increasing the weight provides for a much better performance in terms of fuel economy and seakeeping. Thanks to Moonen’s ‘enhanced length principle’ (ELP), Martinique will benefit from increased speeds and excellent fuel consumption levels. Her length reduces drag in the same way as a bulbous bow and the waterline is as long as possible thanks to her steep bow. The hull shape has a much reduced drag at economical speeds, while the increased waterline and length/beam ratio further enhance seakeeping.
In addition to all the above, Martinique is a fine looking superyacht too. Her styling features a low profile, sharp lines, vertical windows, a knuckle in the bow and the characteristic Moonen feel. Her layout also reflects the latest thinking in comfort and style. The master suite is on the main deck and has splendid panoramic views. Other highlights include a spacious ‘country kitchen’ galley, a large saloon and outside space on the wheelhouse deck, an expansive swimming platform and an engine room designed for easy maintenance.
Moonen quality control
By the time she is launched in the summer of 2016, Martinique will also benefit from Moonen’s stringent quality control. Her owner, like all Moonen clients, will have the assurance of Moonen’s superior warranty terms and renowned after-sales service.