Just one week after the Yacht Valley Press Tour, at which the company presented its Caribbean Series of superyacht designs, Moonen has confirmed the sale of the first unit, a 36.58m Martinique, which will now begin construction, and will be launched in summer 2016.

The series is based on Moonen’s ‘enhanced length principle’, which means the yachts exhibit a high length-to-beam ratio and is designed with low-draft Caribbean cruising in mind. 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 much reduced drag at economical speeds, while the increased waterline and length/beam ratio further enhance seakeeping.

The new project has been commissioned by the shipyard’s recently acquired majority shareholder, and is welcome news for the new build specialist, which has been focusing on refits to supplement the hunt for a new project. A Moonen statement said the Martinique project was a demonstration of long-term support from the new shareholder.

The yacht will benefit from Moonen’s ‘high speed displacement’ concept, which was first aired in 2012. These and other projects reinforced the fact that length is vital for hull-speed and that weight should be reduced wherever possible.
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.

The vessel features several Moonen trademarks, including a low profile and knuckle in the bow. Other highlights include a ‘country kitchen’ galley, a large swim platform and alfresco guest space on the wheelhouse deck.

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