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Bilgin Yachts, a fifth generation shipyard business dating back to the early 1900’s, is the synonymous with the history of shipbuilding, showcasing the technological and entrepreneurial family spirit and their expansion from a small local enterprise into an internationally renowned and respected shipyard.

Early 1900’s..Salacak, İstanbul

3 April 1900

Early 1900’s..Salacak, İstanbul

Hüseyin the Master (1887-1916) has a boathouse in Salacak, Istanbul. At the time Salacak craftsmen were building boats for the Abdulhamid II’s royal palace.

1920’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul 

2 May 1920

1920’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul 

Hüseyin dies in the Battle of Gallipoli. His son Mustafa Şengün (1907-1996), colloquially known as ‘Topik Mustafa’, follows his father’s footsteps.

1930’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

3 March 1930

1930’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

Two boat frames were raised, ready for the hull construction… Topik Mustafa grows at shipyards with his associate craftsmen Harun Ülman (1900-1977), one of the first marine engineers of Turkey.

1935, Moda Deniz Klubü, Istanbul

28 May 1935

1935, Moda Deniz Klubü, Istanbul

Atatürk visits Moda Deniz Klubü, in which well known boat builder Harun Ülman was among the founders.

Late 1940’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul 

5 June 1940

Late 1940’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul 

Hüseyin Şengün (1929-2011) spends his youth in his father’s boat house and gets training from Harun Ülman.

1957, Ayvansaray, Istanbul

22 May 1957

1957, Ayvansaray, Istanbul

Hüseyin Şengün (1929-2011) establishes a private workshop in Ayvansaray, pushing the limits of the family’s expertise into bigger, more luxurious boats. 

1964, Ayvansaray, Istanbul

4 May 1964

1964, Ayvansaray, Istanbul

The two brothers, Bilgin Şengün (1949) and Mustafa Şengün (1955-2014), grow up working with their father at the shipyard.

Late 1960’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

22 June 1967

Late 1960’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

Bilgin Şengün (1949) learns the craftsmanship of boat building eventually gaining own unique artisan skills to work independently of his father.

Early 1970’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

23 May 1970

Early 1970’s… Ayvansaray, Istanbul

Mustafa Şengün (1955-2014) works on a rowing boat for infamous Sadun Boro – the first Turkish seaman to sail around the world.

1975… Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

11 May 1975

1975… Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

The family focus efforts on 10 to 20 meter motor boat range for the local market, moving the business to İç Kumsal area in Küçükçekmece, in the previous year.

1980’s… Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

6 May 1980

1980’s… Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

Four generations proudly gather in front of a handcrafted yacht due to be launched…

1981, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

7 November 1981

1981, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

Bilgin Yachts receives wide spread national media attention for carrying multiple boats overland like Mehmed the Conquerer.

1984, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

3 January 1984

1984, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

A large 18 meter state of the art motor yacht launches from Menekşe Beach.

1986, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

5 March 1986

1986, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

Historic portrait of Şengün family intimately gathered in front of a newly finished motor yacht.

1987, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

17 September 1987

1987, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

16 meter Finesse ready to be sent off to the Istanbul waters watched by proud craftsman team.

1992, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

31 December 1992

1992, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

A dual propeller hoists up ready to be launched for one of Bilgin’s dedicated and loyal customers.

1995, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

10 May 1995

1995, Küçükçekmece, Istanbul

One of two 18 and 22 meter boats being transported to Ataköy Marina. Through cooperation with marinas Bilgin expanded its business to meet increased demand.

1996, Ataköy Marina, Istanbul

9 May 1996

1996, Ataköy Marina, Istanbul

The shipyard moves to latest facilities in Küçükçekmece and launch is larger boats in a especially built marina.

2002, First international delivery 

4 July 2002

2002, First international delivery 

The company brakes ground again and enters the international with the sale of Santa Maria to a respected Russian client. 

2004, Imparotore

22 May 2004

2004, Imparotore

Bilgin Yachts gets wider international orders from UK, USA, and France after the delivery of the Imparatore to a Greek client.

2010, Bilgin gets awarded

3 July 2010

2010, Bilgin gets awarded

Future deliveries of the 33.50m M/Y MADNESS in May and the M/Y INDIANA and M/Y TEE-DJE in July establishes the business to become the winner of the 3rd Biggest Ship and Yacht Exporter awards in Turkey. 

2010, a glorious year of 4 deliveries

1 August 2010

2010, a glorious year of 4 deliveries

First delivery of the 37.50m M/Y RL NOOR, interior diligently created by the award winning Italian design office Hot Lab.  

2011, Tatiana

2 August 2011

2011, Tatiana

TATIANA, a 45 metre superyacht designed by renowned Joachim Kinder, is launched. The same year BILGIN 123/RL NOOR wins Boat International Best Interior Design Award.

2012, Timeless

5 April 2012

2012, Timeless

Bilgin 160 Classic M&M renamed the M/Y TIMELESS being launched. She receives the World Yacht Trophy for Best Design at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

2012, Ocean Club (EX.M)

15 August 2012

2012, Ocean Club (EX.M)

H2 designed reverse-bow superyacht M, showcases a typically aggressive exterior style, is launched.

2014, Elada

29 June 2014

2014, Elada

The majestic Elada, another H2 reverse-bow super yacht, is rolled off the production line.

2015, Dusur

22 May 2015

2015, Dusur

The megayacht DUSUR – a yacht in a class of its own – builds Bilgin into the world of the biggest international players in the high-end boat market.

2015, Clarity

4 June 2015

2015, Clarity

BILGIN 160 Classic, casually known as the CLARITY, is launched. The 80 metre order, the biggest boat to be built in Turkey to date, signed by a highly satisfied Indian client.

2016, Gioala-Lu

3 July 2016

2016, Gioala-Lu

BILGIN 263-II was purchased. The construction for West Istanbul Marina facility took a start. BILGIN 155 (Giaola-Lu) was delivered. New marine furniture workshop was launched. Bilgin Yachts was listed among top 20 global players in the 2016 edition of The

2017, 5th generation is on the go!

10 May 2017

2017, 5th generation is on the go!

Bilgin Yachts Shipyard starts the year with the spectacular BILGIN 155 delivered to Mexico with two other 156 feet boats in the pipeline. Meanwhile production continues for the 80 meter record braking super yacht.

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