by Moonen Shipyards with Diana Yacht Design, René van der Velden Yacht Design and Nauta Yacht Design

In the wide range of motor yachts produced by renowned Dutch shipyard Moonen, the Caribbean Line developed by Moonen in association with two famed design firms based in the Netherlands plays a strategically important role.

The Caribbean Line, bearing Moonen Shipyards’ traditional, instantly recognisable logo, is entirely based on naval architecture devised by Diana Yacht Design, while the exterior design and interior layout were all the work of René van der Velden Yacht Design. With its new Caribbean Line, Moonen is offering the market a huge range of options, with seven different models available in different lengths of up to approximately 50 metres, or over 160 feet, including the Caribbean “Matica” model and the Caribbean “Martinique” model. For the Matica model, with a length of approximately 30 metres or nearly 100 feet, the first hull, “Bijoux”, with interior design by British firm Adam Lay Studio, was launched in May last year and delivered in June, perfectly timed to make her maiden voyage in July and August before her debut in September on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show. For the Martinique model, meanwhile, which has a length of over 36 metres, or nearly 120 feet, the first hull, bearing yard number 197 and with interior design by Italian firm Nauta Yachts, is in the advanced phases of construction and is still available for purchase exclusively through international broker Edmiston at their London offices. Completion of the build, followed by launch and delivery to the client, is planned for next year, as Nicky van Zon, the project manager for the first hull of the Martinique, explained when the hull was united with the superstructure at the end of Marchthis year. Van Zon summarised the current state of play as follows: “After the keel laying ceremony, there are three other landmarks in the build of a yacht. The marriage of the hull and superstructure is the first as you get to see the true shape of a boat without it being surrounded by scaffolding – she becomes a yacht rather than separate structures. The other two milestones are when the boat sees the light of day for the first time and, of course, the launch itself. I’m glad to say that we are well on schedule for that final big day, which will take place at the start of 2018. Now that the superstructure and hull have been joined together there will be a month of welding activities before the painters start on the fairing.”

The probable buyer of this first Martinique yacht will therefore be able to benefit from a twofold advantage arising from this highly favourable situation: they will take possession of a custom vessel with a much faster build timescale than the usual sequence for an order starting from scratch, as the build phase has already been completed, but at the same time they will still retain the option to change the course of the design with extensive scope for unrestricted personal choice and individual preference, since the fitting and finishing phases are still in progress. This Moonen Martinique design is one with numerous attractive features, starting with the hull, which is based on a smart fast displacement hull design combined with the shipyard’s proprietary concept – Moonen’s Enhanced Length Principle – as well as being optimised in terms of form and waterline thanks to the use of special fluid dynamics software. Together with a lighter build, achieved using high-strength steel for the hull with a light aluminium alloy superstructure, the innovative, sophisticated technical solution adopted for the hull of the new Moonen Martinique translates into considerable tangible benefits in comparison with the traditional full displacement hull. These include greater efficiency in a multitude of possible sailing conditions, improved comfort on board and superior seakeeping, not to mention a substantial increase in top speed at the same time as a significant reduction in fuel consumption and a resulting increase in range. Not to forget a considerably reduced draught, which, as the name “Caribbean Line” promises, means that shallow waters like those often found in the Caribbean can be entered, especially those around the Bahamas. Another attractive aspect of the Moonen Martinique also lies in the careful attention paid to additional elements of the project that simplify maintenance, with a resulting reduction in operating costs.

One example is the well thought out arrangement of the layout in the engine room, which has been carefully designed to allow for crew to move as safely and easily as possible when carrying out scheduled work due to the functional accessibility of the components. However, perhaps most importantly, the Moonen Martinique appears on the international scene as a motor yacht at the cutting edge for her sector.

She is setting a new course on the global market for a multitude of reasons as she was devised based on in-depth research and surveys carried out specially by the Dutch shipyard to identify the profile of a vessel with no precedent on the market, and one that would therefore provide an ideal solution to offer its clientele.

This starts with a modern style for the exterior design that reflects the motor yacht’s intrinsic elegance and exclusiveness, plus a contemporary interior layout emphasising the high level of comfort on board, partly thanks to the genuinely large size of the available surface area: approximately 290 m2, equivalent to 3,120 square feet, for the luxury areas and crew areas, together with over 180 m2 or 1,940 square feet for the alfresco areas. On the Moonen Martinique, all the external spaces and the interiors have been expressly devised to perfectly fulfil both the demands of family usage and the requirements of chartering, with relaxing accommodation for 12 passengers in one master stateroom and four guest staterooms, as well as comfortable accommodation for eight crew in one captain’s cabin and three crew cabins.

In addition to creating the basic proposal for the interior design and the interior decoration, Nauta Yachts also contributed to the development of the layout, as Martino Majno, Nauta Yachts’ project manager, explains: “We helped refine the general arrangement together with the structural engineers, the experts at Moonen, and the exterior designer. This ensured that the interior design matches the external aesthetic, for instance by placing the windows in the master suite, which offer a splendid view from within and give charm to the exterior profile. We love the exterior design of the Martinique.”

However, that’s not all, as he adds: “The boat has great energy and it has been a pleasure to work on her. We have a very good relationship with the yard and the Moonen craftsmen are positive and productive. The Martinique has a clever layout with lots of attractive features. Everyone at Nauta Yachts is looking forward to completing this project with the future new owners and adapting it further to their preferences.”

As Martino Majno rightly says, both the style and the decoration of the Moonen Martinique’s interiors can be further customised to meet the Owner’s wishes, starting from the base solution proposed by Nauta Yachts. This is possible in part thanks to the intelligent flexibility of the design, created so that it can adapt to a variety of interpretations. The future Owner and Nauta Yachts will then be able to work from this starting point to develop the final yacht, as Martino Majno explains:“Our brief was to create a contemporary and practical interior design which would be attractive to a broad public. The first impression people will have when stepping aboard the Martinique will be her refined simplicity, clean lines and use of natural light. This is a yacht that is ideal for families, with no sharp corners or edges. We were asked to generate a relaxing atmosphere with a solid base and everyone agrees that this has been achieved.”

The fittings set out in the design proposal clearly feature all the elements that make up the unique signature of the Italian designers, making their work unmistakable: precise yet never rigid shapes that cleanly delineate the spaces, and materials in natural finishes paired with simply coloured details to give the spaces their own character. On this point, Nauta Yachts carried out a careful selection process for the materials and colours, as Martino Majno concludes: “We have combined a desire for a rich, high-quality yacht built by one of the best-known yards with materials that are resistant. The choice fell on teak, a 70/30 division of matte and gloss finishes, white linens and grey stone, clear fabrics and carpeting: together they generate a very calm atmosphere thanks to an ingenious approach to the lighting system.”

This harmonious combination of clean lines and simple materials, skilfully orchestrated by the designers with the priceless, irreplaceable contribution of the personality and sensibility of the future Owner, will provide the final magic touch to transform the first hull of the Moonen Martinique into a welcoming, relaxing yacht that truly feels like home.


Martinique technical specifications

Material hull Steel Grade A profiles & High Tensile Steel AH 36 plates
Material superstructure5083H111 for plates and 6082T6 for profiles
Length overall 36,30 m / 119’00” ft
Length waterline34,50 m / 113’00” ft
Beam overall8,00 m / 26’02” ft
Beam waterline7,70 m / 25’03” ft
Draught max2,15 m / 7’00” ft
Gross Tonnage338 GT
Two diesel enginesCaterpillar C32 Acert
Power ratingE-rating, each 1417 bkW (1925 bhp) at 2300 rpm
TransmissionReintjes WAF 542
Maximum16.5 knots at 10% load
Cruising14.5 knots at 50% load and 85% RPM
Range3.900 nautical miles at 10 knots (economical speed)
Fuel35.000 litres / 9.250 US gallon
Fresh water8.000 litres / 2.115 US gallons
Waste water1.900 litres / 530 US gallons
Used lube oil500 litres / 130 US gallons
Clean lube oil500 litres / 130 US gallons
Grey water1.250 litres / 330 US gallons
Black water1.250 litres / 330 US gallons
Naval architectureDiana Yacht Design
Exterior DesignRené van der Velden Yacht Design
Interior DesignNauta Yacht Design
BuilderMoonen Shipyards bv

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