The first Martinique takes shape at Moonen

Moonen Shipyards has announced that the first semi-custom 36 metre Martinique project is making excellent progress, and is scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2016. While the initial stages of the revolutionary high-tensile steel hull are completed, the designers and engineers continue to make smart adaptations that enhance the superyacht from Moonen’s new Caribbean series.

She is designed by René van der Velden, who has showcased a modern twist on the classic Moonen style, whilst her interiors are the work of Nauta Design. The shipyard state that one of the most exciting aspects of the Martinique is the use of high-tensile steel for the hull.

Moonen Managing Director, Emile Bilterijst, says, “The advantage of using high tensile steel is that the construction can be made lighter and yet have the same strength of ‘normal’ steel. The Martinique will be a lightweight superyacht which, when paired with a smart slender hull design, will give a projected top speed of approximately 17 knots combined with a low fuel consumption at cruising speed.”

The hull design and hull shape have been precisely optimised using CFD calculations. “Leveraging on Moonen’s rich experience with fast displacement boats we have opted to add propeller tunnels to Martinique,” continues Bilterijst. “One of the goals was to offer a limited draft - which will be a vital feature when exploring such wonderful places as the Bahamas - combined with low fuel consumption at cruising speeds. This requires large propellers and CFD calculations have been used to optimise tunnel shape and positioning of appendages on the hull.

“We are now shaping the hull and the tunnels in an optimum way within the set parameters in order to achieve the best possible propulsion outcome. With her exceptionally comfortable seakeeping performance, superior noise and vibration attenuation properties and low cost of ownership, I believe that the Martinique will change the way people view steel-hulled motoryachts.”

The yard has experienced unprecedented success with the new series of yachts, with two versions of the Caribbean series already under construction: Martinique hull #1 and the first 30 metre Matica.

By Gemma Fottles



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