Did you know that the construction process is about 60 percent complete when a hull turning takes place? This is among the interesting facts that Moonen Yachts is revealing now that the fifth Moonen Martinique has checked that step off her to-do list.
The project, still going by her hull number, Moonen YN203, is part of a Dutch-built and designed family that includes deliveries like Botti, Kokoro, and Brigadoon. Therefore, she has styling from René van der Velden and naval architecture from Diana Yacht Design. She also has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Even though she’s based on a set technical platform, however, the megayacht is still customized. In fact, the owners of the 124-footer (37.8-meter), who signed the contract this past February, requested a bigger tender garage and a deeper swim platform than other owners have. It’s about five feet (1.5 meters), plus has a folding section.
Nick Tot, one of Diana Yacht Design’s naval architects, notes yet another interesting difference. “Although it is the fifth Moonen Martinique hull built so far, it is the first one built at Talsma Shipyard,” he says. Talsma, also in The Netherlands, began cooperating with Moonen about a year ago for its hulls. Tot was among those on site for the hull turning, too. “It is always a special moment in the building process,” he adds.
At this stage of construction, the fifth Moonen Martinique already has structural bulkheads and major section work in place. The next steps include installing piping, foundations for equipment, and through-hulls. The yacht then will make her way to Moonen’s facilities in Den Bosch for full outfitting.
Of course, full outfitting includes adding the interior décor that will lend YN203 her special, individualized appeal. The owners are working with Studio Indigo, which played an integral role with all of the Martinique yachts so far. Although Moonen hasn’t disclosed the look or materials, the yacht can carry 12 passengers and seven crewmembers.
Regardless of their décor decisions, Moonen YN203 should still see 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots under Caterpillar power. The project remains on schedule for delivery in the early part of 2024.
Moonen Yachts moonen.com
Rene van der Velden renevandervelden.com
Diana Yacht Design dianayachtdesign.nl
Studio Indigo studioindigo.co.uk