She will now be outfitted and given extensive sea trials before her final delivery at the end of June. Photo courtesy of Moonen Shipyards. Credits Dick Holthuis

She will now be outfitted and given extensive sea trials before her final delivery at the end of June. Photo courtesy of Moonen Shipyards. Credits Dick Holthuis

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has launched Bijoux, the first motoryacht in its new semi-custom Caribbean series. The owners of this 30-metre Matica model attended the christening ceremony.

Designed by Rene van der Velden, Bijoux is a raised pilothouse version of the Caribbean series. She will now be outfitted and given extensive sea trials before her final delivery at the end of June.

“The owners have had a significant influence on the design and layout of the first Matica,” says project manager Nicky van Zon. “Although they have visited the yard on a number of occasions during the build, they were delighted that the yacht looked even better in the water than they had imagined. The owners were also impressed by the views from the pilothouse and the second steering position on the flybridge. And it was wonderful to see the superb colour combination of a grey hull, white superstructure and black striping come into its own,” he concludes.

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Construction of one of the yard’s ongoing projects, a 30-metre motoryacht in Moonen’s new Caribbean…

A key feature of Bijoux’s design is her transom, which can be transformed into a large hatch, which opens aft to form a swimming platform. A fixed stairway on the starboard side connects this leisure area to the main deck. Moonen says this design element distinguishes the Matica model from any previous project

Bijoux comes in at just below the 200gt mark. Her hull is based on the tried and tested Moonen 97 with seakeeping and low fuel consumption capabilities. A steep bow gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline.

The Matica model has a limited draught and well protected propellers so that they can easily explore shallow waters.

Moonen has also announced that hull of the first Martinique motoryacht is almost completed and that the superstructure of this 37-metre project is taking shape.