The inside story about The Martinique

16 feb 2016

The 37m/120’/350 GT motoryacht Martinique is attracting lots of interest from potential buyers who recognise the unique opportunity this partly-completed project offers. Previous Moonen Journals have already looked at the smart use of high-tensile steel and other benefits of the yacht’s build. Now it is time to look at the fantastic interior design developed by Nauta Yachts in Italy for Martinique hull #1, and the flexibility still available to the future owners to adapt this to their preferences.

As one of the first superyachts from Moonen’s Caribbean series, the expectations are high for the Martinique. Martino Majno, project manager at Nauta Yachts, has been involved with the design from the outset.

“Our briefing was to create a contemporary and practical interior design which would be attractive to a broad public” he explains. “The first impression people will have when stepping aboard the Martinique will be her refined simplicity, clean lines and use of natural light. This is a yacht that is ideal for families, with no sharp corners or edges. We were asked to generate a relaxing atmosphere with a solid base and everyone agrees that this has been achieved.”

An evolution in design
Martino and his team have also been involved in the evolution of the layout. “We helped refine the general arrangement together with the structural engineers, the experts at Moonen and the exterior designer Rene van der Velden. This assured that the interior design matches the external aesthetic for instance, in placing the windows in the master suite which offer splendid views from within and charm to the exterior profile. We love the exterior design of the Martinique and its ingenious use of light.”
 
In addition to working on the clean geometry and pure lines that define the interior spaces, Nauta Yachts has carried out a great deal of research into finding the right materials. “We have combined a desire for a rich, high-quality yacht built by one of the most well-known yards with materials that are resistant. The choice fell on teak, a 70/30 division of matte and gloss finishes, white linens and clear fabrics: together they generate a very calm atmosphere.”

Comfort and style
The Martinique reflects the latest thinking in comfort and style, with the master suite on the main deck providing panoramic views. Other highlights include a spacious ‘country kitchen’ galley, a large saloon and outside space on the wheelhouse deck, an expansive swimming platform and an engine room designed for easy maintenance.
 
“The boat has a great energy and it has been a pleasure to work on her. We have a very good relationship with the yard and the Moonen craftsmen are positive and productive. The Martinique has a clever layout with lots of attractive features in places like the owner’s suite and the lower deck. The use of grey stone is very cool and so too is the architectural approach to the lighting system. Everyone at Nauta Yachts is looking forward to completing this project with the new owners and adapting it further to their preferences.”