The Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts has recently signed a new construction order with a longstanding client. Not only will the Bilgin 263 be the largest vessel the yard has built to date, upon completion she will be one of the largest superyachts built in Turkey. The 80m superyacht, which has been created by Unique Yacht Design, is the third project built by Bilgin for this client.
Over the past six months, Unique Yacht Design has continuously worked on this concept, focusing primarily on the exterior styling and naval architecture. The engineering component however, was handled by Ozgün Yacht Design.
Following this process, the new construction order was then signed on 15 October during a meeting between Bilgin and the new owner at the Bilgin headquarters in Istanbul.
Data collated from SuperyachtIntelligence.com shows that, in the last five years, the average LOA of Bilgin yachts delivered has increased from 36.4m to 49.3m. Furthermore, the four yachts the Turkish yacht currently has under construction have an average LOA of 55.4m, with a cumulative LOA of 221.8m.
The chart below indicates just how significant a build the 263 will be for Bilgin, as well as for Turkey, where currently the largest yacht built is 72m Axioma by Dunya Yachts in 2013.
However it is not only Bilgin building bigger; in fact, there are 15 superyachts currently under construction in Turkey with an LOA greater than 60m, which makes up 28.3 per cent of the Turkish order book. The largest of these is 141m Dream Symphony under construction at Dream Ship Victory and scheduled for delivery in 2017.
Bilgin Yachts estimates that construction of the 263 will begin in March 2016, with delivery by 2019.
Interior Designer: H2 Yacht Design
Exterior Designer: Unique Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Ozgun Yacht Design
Year of Delivery: 2019