Designers and engineers continue to make smart adaptations to enhance this 36-metre/120 ft/350 GT superyacht

Designers and engineers continue to make smart adaptations to enhance this 36-metre/120 ft/350 GT superyacht

Dutch shipyard Moonen has announced that construction of the first semi-custom Martinique progresses on schedule and that the yacht will be available by the summer of 2016.

The initial stages of the high-tensile steel hull are completed and details can be seen in this video.

Designers and engineers continue to make smart adaptations to enhance this 36-metre/120 ft/350 GT superyacht. This project is the first from Moonen’s new Caribbean series.

Moonen has a strong reputation for building premium quality motoryachts in the 30m to 50m range, backed up by decades of experience and satisfied owners around the world.

Nonetheless, the positive response to its new semi-custom Caribbean series took even this premium Dutch yard a little by surprise. Two versions of the Caribbean series are already under construction: Martinique hull #1 and the first 30-metre/100 ft/199 GT Matica.

Optimising the design

“The advantage of using high tensile steel is that the construction can be made lighter and yet have the same strength of ‘normal’ steel,” explains Moonen MD Emile Bilterijst. “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.”

The hull design and hull shape have been precisely optimised using CFD calculations. “Leveraging on Moonen’s rich experience with fast displacement boats we have opted to add propeller tunnels to Martinique,” continues Bilterijst

“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 optimise 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 motoryachts.”

The interior designers from the Nauta Design studio in Italy are coming up with an array of ideas that require flexibility in the interior layout.

“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,” Bilterijst comments.