With a delivery date of spring 2018 well in sight, various milestones have been passed in the build of the first Moonen Martinique. Everything’s been captured by the all-seeing eye of our time-lapse camera and it’s been fascinating to watch this innovative 37m/120ft/<350GT motoryachttake shape. Here are some key timeline moments for this second member of the Moonen Caribbean fleet as she gears up to join the Moonen Matica Bijoux on the water.
The hull of the Martinique was created in large sections, which saves time and costs as more people can work simultaneously on the construction. A complete focus is required at all times because the connection line has to be 100% correct to avoid deflections in the hull.
The hull is made of high-tensile steel, which has the same strength as ‘normal’ steel but is lighter in weight. Here we see the structure being moved from our specialist co-maker to the Moonen yard in Groot-Ammers. Some serious heavy equipment and experience ensured the yacht was perfectly level on the supports.
The lightweight aluminium superstructure helps the Martinique’s centre of gravity stay as low as possible. It was built on a heavy and super-strong building frame, keeping the dimensions and shape perfectly in tune with that of the hull so that the two could later become one.
The marriage of a hull and superstructure is a big moment. Both were already in primer when joined together and fitted like a glove. Read more about this special day here.
The marriage is the first movement you get to appreciate a superyacht’s true shape from a distance. Now moved into the finishing hall, work continues apace on the interior, fairing & painting, decking, technical installations and all other aspects that will make the Martinique a magnificent sight inside and out when she returns to the light in less than six months.
The Martinique is now available for sale, offering a unique opportunity to start the 2018 sailing season in grand style. Contact us here for more information.