Construction update: Moonen’s Martinique

Written by Gemma Fottles

SYT can confirm that construction of the 36.58 metre superyachtMartiniqueis still underway at Dutch shipyard Moonen, and is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.

Her hull and superstructure have been completed, and are set to be joined early next year. The build is currently being financed by Moonen and construction will continue to advance whilst the yard await a buyer. To assist with the process, Moonen has enlisted Camper & Nicholsons’ Simon Goldsworthy, who is currently working closely with the Moonen team to market the new superyacht.

The Martinique is the larger sistership to the Moonen Matica, Bijoux, which was delivered earlier this year and met with positive feedback from the industry following her presence in Monaco in September.Both the Martinique and Bijoux come in the midst of a difficult period for Moonen which saw the Dutch shipyard face significant financial problems following the collapse of the global steel market in 2015, resulting in the loss of a shareholder.

Elaborating on the Martinique, Goldsworthy says: “The Caribbean Line in general is what I would call “Moonen 2.0” - keeping all of their great and historic traits of reliability, low noise and vibration and peerless engineering and build quality, but adding a contemporary design twist to both the exterior and interior that should widen the brand’s appeal to a new breed of younger and perhaps more contemporary client. Hence the plumb bow, side opening for tender garage, and large exterior spaces, all of which break new ground for the brand stylistically."

Nauta Design are responsible for the interior design in the renderings, and René van der Velden YachtDesign for the exterior. The design fee already comes included in the price. However, if a client has their own interior designer in mind, the shipyard are more than happy to work with other studios to achieve the perfect realisation of the owner’s dream yacht.

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