When she was launched in 2020, the 36.3-metre superyacht Kokoro was the second yacht to be built on Moonen’s Martinique platform and originally built as a speculation yacht project. Like her sister ship Brigadoon, the motor yacht features naval architecture and hull design from René van der Velden Design and structural design and engineering from Diana Yacht Design, while her interior design comes from the boards of London-based architect Studio Indigo. Here, SuperYacht Times gets an exclusive insight into the design motivations and inspirations behind the yacht, from each of her contributors.
The design brief for the project provided her naval architects, René van der Velden Design, with some challenges. The requirements for the clients to travel quickly without the implementation of a planing or semi-displacement hull, combined with the request of lots of glass, a heavy construction material, posed obstacles which the designers cleverly overcame. Kokoro was constructed in High Tensile Steel and her naval architects performed some weight saving calculations, reducing her overall weight by 15%. Kokoro was designed for ocean crossings, with a range of 4,000 nautical miles.Kokoro’s owner, who purchased the vessel while she was built under speculation, commented, “I have always wanted a Moonen, but it was unclear when. It’s, in fact, a smaller size yacht, but can easily compare with the largest superyachts in the world quality and style-wise.”Kokoro’s exterior aesthetic is characterised by her almost continuous band of windows over the full length of her main and bridge decks, which provide ample light throughout her interior.The interior of the 337 GT superyacht is home to multiple saloons and lounge areas. Her main saloon features a large seating area and a formal dining space. She can accommodate as many as 10 + 2 guests across five staterooms, which have been finished in neutral tones and accented with blue tones. Her spacious master suite is situated on the main deck, while the remaining guest accommodations are located on the lower deck.One of Kokoro’s stand out features is her multifunctional winter garden situated to the aft of her bridge deck. When closed, it is transformed into a cosy and private saloon. When open, the winter garden provides a continuous space, which is mostly covered to provide an outside feeling while being protected from the elements. Overlooking this space is her sun deck, which features a seating area, bar, grill and sound system.Kokoro sports a 5.7-metre tender, which is stored below the main deck and launched from her side. The launch point for her tender has been meticulously placed to ensure that it does not disturb guests who are enjoying her swim platform, situated at Kokoro’s aft. She can also store two Waverunners on either her fore or aft bridge deck.Performance-wise, Kokoro sports twin Caterpillar C32 Acert diesel engines, which enable her transatlantic capabilities and allow her to reach a cruising speed of 14.5 knots and a top speed of 16.5 knots.