Hull number one of the Martinique model in Moonen Shipyards’ Caribbean Series is on schedule for completion next summer. The video below provides a time-lapse look at the steel components coming together in the build shed.
The Martinique, measuring 119 feet (36.3 meters), is one of several Caribbean Series projects that Moonen introduced a little over a year ago. Each Caribbean Series reflects traditional styling and, as the name suggests, is intended for clients who regularly indulge in warm-weather cruising.
What may come as a surprise, however, is her hull construction. As you’ll see in the video and the image above, the Martinique features steel. Most megayachts this size are comprised of composite. Aluminum is sometimes used, too, but increasingly infrequently. Steel is essentially unheard of these days. The hull form of the Martinique, by Diana Yacht Design, will still allow Bahamian cruising and a reported top end of 17 knots, according to Moonen. Draft should be seven feet (2.1 meters). Prop tunnels aid in this regard. Moonen also says that fuel consumption by the twin Caterpillar C32s will be low, though it has not publicized anticipated figures. “I believe that the Martinique will change the way people view steel-hulled motoryachts,” says Emile Biterijst, Moonen’s managing director.
The interior of the Martinique is still some time away from completion. It’s being overseen by Nauta Design and will be coordinated with the owners (the Martinique was started on spec and is available for sale).
Moonen has another Caribbean Series project in build, the first Matica model. She measures 100 feet (30 meters).
For more information from Moonen on the Martinique, please contact the shipyard or fill out our contact form.