moonen1 Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands is well into the build of its first 30m Matica motoryacht from its new semi-custom Caribbean series.

The hull is taking shape and the owners are having a major influence on the design and layout whilst impressed that Moonen have been able to keep the yacht under the 200gt mark. Lloyds has recently granted 199gt approval with the maximum volume possible. Diana Yacht Design has assisted on this achievement with the naval architecture and Adam Lay Studio has provided interior design.

Two of the six versions of the Caribbean series are already under construction: a Matica and the first 37-metre/350gt Martinique. All Moonen Caribbeans offer a refreshingly modern twist on the classic Moonen style, with a distinctive and timeless look that will ensure a high resale value.

“From the moment the contract was signed we have had a very productive relationship between all members of the project team, including the owners and their representatives,” says Nicky van Zon, project manager at Moonen. “We have had monthly meetings with them at the offices of Camper & Nicholsons, who partnered with Moonen on the sale of the yacht. These meetings have also included the exterior designer Rene van der Velden and the interior designer team from the Adam Lay Studio.”

One of the key changes that these discussions led to was the shaping of the aft ship and transom. “Many superyachts today have an open transom with a staircase either side,” continues Van Zon. “The final design of Matica, however, features a fully closed transom, with only a small swimming platform for crew use. The entire transom has now been turned into a giant hatch that opens aft to form a large swimming platform for guests. A fixed stairway on the starboard side connects this fabulous leisure area to the main deck and the owners are delighted with the blend of form and function.”

This fully closed transom arrangement illustrates how much influence launch customers have on the exterior profile of a new semi-custom boat at Moonen.

The hull will be ready to connect to the superstructure in the summer and the first Moonen Matica is slated for completion in May 2016.