Superyachts under construction at Moonen Shipyards

Moonen Shipyards has announced that two new superyachts from the Moonen Caribbean series are currently under construction at their facilities in the Netherlands – a 37 metre GT Martinique and a 30 metre Matica.

The owners of the 30m Matica are reported to be very involved in the design process for the new vessel, which remains under the 200GT mark. Nicky van Zon, project manager at Moonen Shipyards commented, “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. 

“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 design team from the Adam Lay Studio.” 

The meetings led to the key decisions to amend the shape of the aft ship and transom. Van Zon continues, “Many superyachts today have an open transom with a staircase either side. 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.”

Moonen state that the owners of the first Matica have been thrilled that their request to build the biggest hull possible under 200GT has been met. “One of the key issues of this concept is that the Matica stays below the 200 gross tonnes mark due to class implications,” concludes van Zon. “We have recently received confirmation from Lloyds that we have been granted a 199GT approval with the maximum volume possible. This is a tribute to our close cooperation with Diana Yacht Design on the naval architecture.” 

The 30m Matica hull is based on that of the Moonen 97 with comfortable seakeeping and low fuel consumption. She boasts a steeper bow that gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline. 

Work on the first section of the hull is under construction, which will be ready for connection to the superstructure in the summer. The Moonen Matica is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

For more information, visit Moonen Shipyards.

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