For those who want to take the plunge into the yacht owner’s lifestyle but aren’t prepared to endure traditional build times, on spec construction is the obvious way to go. Like many other shipyards, Dutch-based Moonen Yachts has picked up on this hot trend and has just began construction of their 119-foot/36.3-meter YN199 which is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020.

The project’s first milestone came in December of last year with the keel-laying ceremony. “The Moonen team along with the Lloyds surveyors were all on site to celebrate this significant moment,” commented YN199’s Project Manager, Nicky van Zon. “We will combine the hull and superstructure in July at the Moonen shipyard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which is a moment I’m particularly looking forward to. It’s always a special moment to see the design coming to life.”

The Moonen YN199 will be based on the same Martinique platform that was used for M/Y Brigadoon, the Moonen yacht delivered last year. Her steel hull design will have a draught of just 7-feet/2.1-meters, making her nimble and flexible when it comes to getting up close to gorgeous beaches and exploring shallow river systems. She’ll be equipped with a Caterpillar propulsion system which should give her a range of 4000 nautical miles at 10 knots and a top speed of 16.5 knots.

Moonen will be collaborating with Studio Indigo for the interior design after the company’s stunning work on Brigadoon. Initial concepts feature warm neutral tones accented with pops of bold color and plenty of crisp white to accentuate the yacht’s ample natural light. YN199 will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests in beautifully appointed cabins as well as 7 crew members.