Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has received a new order for a 200 GT motoryacht. This is the second project signed from Moonen’s new Caribbean series in the space of only two months. Having just started construction on the 340 GT Martinique, Moonen will now set to work on the new order.

Moonen Matica

Moonen Matica

The Dutch yard unveiled its new Caribbean series earlier this year and said the series features a hull design that allows for an impressive turn of speed, low fuel consumption and high comfort levels.

Moonen says it has received more serious requests for information than on any previous series, including its successful classic motoryacht range in Moonen 84, Moonen 94, Moonen 97 and Moonen 99 versions.

“The first contacts with the future owner of the first Matica translated into a signed contract within only ten weeks,” explains Emile Bilterijst, managing director of Moonen Shipyards. “The yacht will be built for experienced owners who have previously cruised mainly in the Mediterranean region and are now looking to increase their cruising area,” he continues.

“Their desire to explore the Caribbean and other parts of the world led the clients to seek a seaworthy, semi-custom yacht that could be customised to their specific demands. This includes the boat being just below 200 GT with the max volume possible, which will offer a range of benefits from an operational perspective. The exact length of this ‘Matica’ will become clear once we embark on the naval architecture process,” comments Bilterijst.

Like all models in Moonen’s Caribbean series, Matica has been designed by Rene van der Velden, who recently won the World Superyacht Award for the exterior styling and naval architecture on CaryAli and Showboats Design and ISS awards for the same project. Matica will have a raised pilothouse design with the owners’ suite on the main deck as a special request.

Adam Lay Studio in England will be responsible for the interior design.

The sale has been arranged in close cooperation with Camper and Nicholsons International.