Spec superyacht construction is on the rise, due to stronger international interest in yachts. If you’re among those who don’t want to wait too long to start cruising, Moonen recently laid the keel for a project set for springtime 2020 delivery. Moonen YN199 is a 119-footer (36.3-meter) employing a proven design and engineering package.
In fact, the yacht uses the same technical platform as Brigadoon, which the Dutch builder delivered last year. Brigadoon (below) is the first hull in the Martinique line, a design announced a few years ago. This therefore means styling is by Rene van der Velden, with naval architecture in combination with Diana Yacht Design. It also means that Moonen YN199 should have a surprisingly shallow draft for a steel-hulled boat. She’ll draw just 7 feet (2.1 meters). Finally, with a Caterpillar propulsion package, the new yacht should see a good range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruise speed around 10 knots. (Top end should be 16½ knots.)
Since Moonen was impressed with the interior design work of Studio Indigo on Brigadoon, it invited the team to contribute to YN199. Of course, since the builder only just laid the keel last month, you have plenty of time to contribute and convey wishes. To inspire ideas, Studio Indigo is starting with an overall ageless ambiance. In addition, the design firm wants the rooms (top) to look and feel larger than you’d expect of a yacht this size. And, in keeping with what today’s buyers want, maximizing natural light is equally important.
Bearing a healthy beam of 26 feet (8 meters), Moonen YN199 can accommodate 12 people, along with seven crewmembers. For a better sense of the possibilities, check out the video of Brigadoon below.