Dutch shipyard, Moonen has announced that superyacht Bijoux, the first in its semi-custom Caribbean series, has completed her sea trials.
Moonen announced in a statement that following her launch in May, Bijoux underwent a “stringent regime of sea trials before her final delivery handover”. Designed by René van der Velden, she is the flagship vessel in the new series, named ‘Matica’.
In regards to her performance, Moonen revealed that Bijoux performed “exceptionally well during her sea trials”. Her owners are now said to be embarking on a summer cruise on board Bijoux.
One of the standout features on board is her transom stern, which distinguishes her from all other previous projects by the yard. The transom can also be transformed into a giant hatch which opens aft into a large swimming platform.
Project manager, Nicky van Zon commented, “It is always an exciting moment when you get to put a brand-new design through its paces for the first time in reality. This first Matica easily attained the maximum speed specified in the contract of 13 knots and passed all other tests with flying colours.
“Her sailing performance was exactly what you would expect from a Moonen and the noise levels were exceptionally low, even at full capacity. The owner’s suite and main lounge on Bijoux measured only 56 db(A) and 53 db(A) at an rpm of 1840 respectively, even though the suite is adjacent to the engine room and the salon directly above.”
Van Zon also added, “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.”
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