I think that the Turkish come from a very long boat-building history. They build very heavy and strong boats with a lot of comfort but most of the time you see gullets under engine and very rarely do they sail. But I think more and more they are moving towards sailing – Rox Star will be a sailing boat more than a motor sailor so that is a change.
Maybe this is also why the charter industry seems to pigeonhole gullets; because they are not motoryachts and they are not sailing yachts but they are somewhere in the middle. I think by moving into more internationally-classed sailing yachts it will be a big change for the building here.
It was very interesting working with Oguz Marin. At the beginning of the project they produced some original hand drawings, which were very influenced by the gullets, but we new exactly what we wanted and they were very open to our wishes. We showed them how we do things differently or the way we do it in Europe and the United States and they were really good at listening and modifying their habits.
TCR: What is the industry's reaction that you have experienced so far to Rox Star?
I have been amazed at the number of brokers that have come on board and said ‘Oh, what is she?’ Because the expectation of visiting a Turkish built boat is to see another gullet but with Rox Star that is not the case so it is quite interesting to see their reactions.