On 27 December, Turquoise’s floating dock, with a 2500 lifting capacity, transferred the 74m NB66 from its Kocaeli facility to its yard in Pendik for the completion of its interior installation and outfitting, as well as the application of its top coat. The new vessel boasts exterior design by A. Vallicelli & C. Yacht Design and interior design by Ken Freivokh. The build is currently on schedule and she is due for sea trials in 16 months with delivery due in 2021.
According to the shipyard, superyachts with six levels, including four above the water line, tend to appear bulky or top heavy, therefore, Vallicelli has put a great deal of focus on diminishing this effect. “Visually, the decks decrease progressively towards the aft end creating a profile with strong diagonal lines that create harmony between the superstructure shapes and the hull,” explains Vallicelli.
The Ken Freivokh Design team set out to create an innovative, contemporary yacht with a focus on “classical elegance”, with a layout focused on maximum integration between decks and between key internal spaces, all designed to maximise continuity of line and long sightlines.?
Large windows add natural light to the salons, dining room and guest’s cabins. The owners’ quarters on the upper deck is wrapped in a continuous window overlooking a private exterior sitting area, including two side terraces. The rectangular windows on the main deck in the full-beam zone of the hull are drawn with a geometric approach, unlike the windows in the master suite, and are dimensioned according to their correspondence with the standard and VIP guest cabins.
“The design focus is on classical elegance,” says Ken Freivokh. “The idea is to achieve a layout that has complete integration between the decks and key internal spaces— with everything designed to maximise the continuity of the yacht’s lines as well as long sightlines.”
The central lobby is dominated by a stunning multi-deck atrium, centred on a spiral staircase with the main entrance boasting a double height sculptural space. The yacht’s interior has been designed to be bright and welcoming with a harmonious and balanced scheme. Materials include carefully selected veneers, marbles and granites, and hand-picked leathers.
Panoramic-view saloons open onto the sheltered aft decks, which include lounging, dining and a swimming pool. The accommodation for 14 guests has been conceived for maximum flexibility, with some of the suites capable of opening up to creat adjoining suits that convert into private saloons.
The yacht features an unusually large full- beam beach club, which not only opens aft to the swimming platform, but also includes shell doors on either side, which open to become extended platforms to the sea. There is a tender garage with a shell door that gives access to a full length 9.6m limousine tender as well as a multi-purpose guest tender in addition to a rescue/crew tender forward and garaging for a number of jet skis.
According to The Superyacht Agency, Turquoise has had an inconsistent decade, during which it failed to deliver a single vessel between 2014-2016 and again in 2019. However, with a single delivery due in 2020, and a recording equalling three deliveries expected in 2021, it seems as though the Turkish shipyard may be returning to more prosperous times.
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