American cruisers who have spent the past three years enjoying a Moonen 84 are stepping up in size. They have acquired the spec-started YN200, the third hull in the Moonen Martinique series.
The 119-foot (36.3-meter) megayacht follows in the footsteps of Brigadoon, which was hull number one, and the still-confidential YN199. Therefore, naval architecture is by Diana Yacht Design, with styling by René van der Velden. The owners are working with Studio Indigo for the interior of their steel-hulled megayacht. It should be just 14 months before they take delivery, too, since the hull and superstructure joining takes place early next month. Hand-over in November of next year remains possible even with the owners asking for about eight feet (2.5 meters) more space on the sundeck.
Teak paneling will be a highlight of this beamy (26-foot/8-meter) Moonen Martinique, as will five staterooms for the owners and guests. They’ll enjoy private cruises along the U.S. West Coast, with several areas to enjoy each other’s company and the views. For instance, the extended sundeck will contain a hot tub, along with a lounge area with a bar and barbecue. A winter-garden-like skylounge—with fold-open glass doors to connect the area to the open aft deck—promises to be popular, too. Additionally, for guests’ convenience, the owners have added a day head on this deck.
Regardless of where everyone takes in the scenery, this third Moonen Martinique promises a 4,000-nautical-mile range at 10 knots. The Caterpillar power further should permit a 14-knot cruising speed.
The owners decided to buy again from Moonen for a few reasons. For example, they were impressed with the engineering and construction of their 84. “The sophistication of the ship’s systems is equivalent to that of a ship twice its size,” they assert. More so, though, the owners cite the people. “Matthew and Louise Baxter, the new Moonen shipyard owners, are tirelessly committed to continue the enduring legacy of the Moonen brand,” they say. “We see them as our business and family partners in building our world-class ship.”
Diana Yacht Design dianayachtdesign.nl
Moonen Yachts moonen.com
Rene van der Velden renevandervelden.com
Studio Indigo studioindigo.co.uk