SuperYacht Times’ Maarten Janssen had a meeting early this week with Moonen during the Holland Yachting Group Press Tour 2014, where he discussed the announcement of their new contract for the first vessel in their Caribbean series of motoryachts with managing director, Emile Bilterijst.
The new model is 36.58 metre Martinique, which is set to be an innovation for the yachting industry due to a hull built of high tensile steel. Leveraging on the success of its classic looking superyachts over the last two decades and offering a refreshingly modern twist, the Caribbean range combines a distinctive and timeless style with all the attributes that will ensure a high resale value. Six different designs were unveiled in May 2014, ranging from 25.9 to 38.4 metres.
Speaking to SuperYacht Times of the new project, Bilterijst stated, "Moonen's new major shareholder also has a steel company, so he was very keen that we were going to construct this yacht in steel. To keep the weight as low as possible, we opted for High Tensile Steel. By increasing the length slightly, and using a lighter steel, we created a yacht with a low fuel consumption, and as an extra bonus, it resulted in a draft which is quite low, making her perfect for somewhere like the Bahamas."
“This new yacht will have a real Moonen feel, and she will be instantly recognizable as a Moonen. It may sound strange, but to this day, I do not know what exactly creates this Moonen feeling, and what makes our yachts so recognisable.”
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