Having focused on sailing yachts traditionally, Turkish shipyard Esenyacht recently revealed a 50m motoryacht concept called Taurus. SuperyachtDesign caught up with Kadir Esen, CEO of Esenyacht, and the designer, Ted Mannerfelt from Swedish design studio Mannerfelt Design Team, at the Monaco Yacht Show to learn more about this new direction for the yard.

“This is a new direction for us,” says Kadir Esen as we sit on board S/Y Glorious, the first of Esenyacht’s builds and Esen’s own personal yacht, which is now up for sale with Ocean Independence. “Already we have made a big change from Glorious. Glorious is completely wooden, very traditional. Our next project, S/Y Troy, is bigger, more high tech and will use carbon composite from our own workshop. Taurus will be out first motoryacht.”

Taurus will be composite-built, very fast, very light and be extremely fuel-efficient. “We wanted a design that would stand out and reflect Esenyachts style and image,” says Ted Mannerfelt of Mannerfelt Design Team, the Swedish studio brought in for the project. “They are an innovative company, they are young and they want to be on the cutting edge in both design and technology.”

Using Esenyacht's brand new augmented reality app, Esen and Mannerfelt showed off a 3D virtual model of Taurus by holding an iPad over the brochure. The app enables users to move over the virtual model and click through exterior views and 3D layouts. Mannerfelt has designed open, airy interior spaces with large windows and lots of light. “Even the bridge area will have large windows,” says the designer, pointing to the encased bridge flybridge, which leads on to the large sundeck aft.

The exterior styling has been clearly influenced by Mennerfelt’s background in automotive design. “I worked in England for 10 years with Lotus cars and Jaguar Advance Design,” he explains. “My challenge has been to come back to the boat industry and create something fresh. Something with a more interesting feel to it, getting away from the traditional styling of the industry.” The exterior profile is low and sleek, with lines that are distinctly automotive. “I like to bring in soft surfaces and use the length of the boat with dynamic lines that stretch,” he says. “They stretch, not just horizontally, but actually with a strength that brings more organic shapes.”

Esen explains that the efficient hull design is paired with an advanced propulsion system and lightweight interior, and says that the extensive use of carbon fibre will be quite unique. “A fully carbon fibre boat is more expensive but the boat is very light,” says Esen. “Yes this means it is more sensitive to waves but you get amazing fuel economy.” Mannerfelt adds that the team has already done a full computer tank test and the efficiency of the hull so far is about 100l per hour at 12knots: “It will set a new standard.”

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