René van der Velden designed the exterior lines of the Monnen Martinique while the interior design comes from Nauta Design. The first Martinique was ordered by a shareholder of Moonen. So I think she will be displayed on some yacht shows when she will be finished in summer 2016. Also under construction is the first Matica – also a part of the Caribbean-series.
Moonen Managing Director Emile Bilterijst explains:
“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 approx. 17 knots combined with a low fuel consumption at cruising speed.”
Emile Bilterijst continues:
“Leveraging on Moonen’s rich experience with fast displacement boats we have opted to add propeller tunnels to Martinique, who remains a naval architect in heart and soul. “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 optimize 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 & vibration attenuation properties and low cost of ownership, I believe that the Martinique will change the way people view steel-hulled motor yachts.”
There are currently no interior pictures available but Emile Bilterijst describes the work with the designers:
“It is very inspiring to see specialists from different disciplines working together to find the perfect solution for each area of the yacht. The cooperation with Nauta Design has been very professional and the interior will feature a refined simplicity, clean lines and a significant use of natural light. There is still time for new owners to work closely together with the project team to define the interior atmosphere to their own preferences.”