BILGIN NEWSLETTER 2018
BILGIN YACHT PROJECTS COMING IN 2019
As we move into the New Year, Bilgin Yachts is full of new ideas and hopes to bring yacht owners an ever better home-life at sea. While owners sail merrily across the seven seas, the shipyard works with world-renown designers to help loyal clients live their own dreams to the full.
Bilgin Yachts has been creating three new projects lately: Bilgin 156, 220 and 263. The Bilgin 156-II has the similar features with 47.5-metre Nerissa that had debut during 2017 Monaco Yacht Show. The yacht is named as Lilium since it reflects the simplicity and minimalism in its design consisting of light colors, satin-gold tones while the use of black marble creates a contrast. The newest project Bilgin 220 has the length of 67 metre. Being under construction in Yalova, the yacht will bear masculine lines in its interior and exterior designs which fit in its performance up to 17 knots. Last but not least, the 80-metre Bilgin 263 I and II are getting ready in the shipyard’s newest facility West Istanbul Marina. The first unit -also the largest Bilgin yacht up to date- will be launched in 2019.
BILGIN 220 – THE NEW ON SPEC 67M
Bilgin Yacht is pleased to announce that it has recently started the construction process of a brand-new on spec project: Bilgin 220. This 67m yacht’s exterior lines and naval architecture were developed by Unique Yacht Design.
“Bilgin 220 is a superyacht that has been designed to offer the owner a well-considered relationship between external and internal living areas in addition to a life spent between sea and land” states Ismail Şengün, CEO of Bilgin Yacht. Its sleek and masculin exterior lines will be similar with her sisterships. Bilgin Yacht applies its trademarks on this new model of the superyacht line through extensive use of windows on the hull, while new features are added such as a touch-and-go helipad as a continuation of brand’s philosophy. This philosophy of combining functional features and comfortable areas is also evident in the aerodynamic design, which is brought to life by the clean shapes and sleek lines. The hull design in particular takes the stylistic feature of large, vertical windows corresponding to the living areas and to the guest cabins.
THE 80M PROJECT LAUNCHED FOR ITS OUTFITTING
BILGIN 263 SISTERS COME TOGETHER FOR CUSTOMIZATION
Another milestone is; Bilgin Yachts’s largest yacht has a sister coming up. The second hull of Bilgin 263-II takes place next to her sister at West Istanbul Marina. Upon her delivery in 2020, this 80-meter yacht will be the shipyard’s second largest yacht ever.
Turkish custom superyacht builder Bilgin Yachts is celebrating that the two 80-meter Bilgin 263 -largest yachts to be built in Turkey up to date- are now brought together for the interior completion. The shipyard’s expertise is today extending far beyond 80-meter yachts.
THE 80M PROJECT LAUNCHED FOR ITS OUTFITTING
Bilgin Yachts proud to announce that the 80m Bilgin 263 project’s hull & superstructure were launched from their metal works facility in Yalova. The nascent vessel was then towed to Bilgin Yachts’ brand-new outfitting facilities at Istanbul West Marina and carefully placed in one of the three 90m+ slots of the massive megayacht hangar.
Due for delivery at the mid of 2019, the vessel features styling and naval architecture by the prolific office of Unique Yacht Design and a striking interior styling by H2 Design Studio.
She promises outstanding performances, both in terms of top speed and range efficiency thanks to a fully optimised and tank-tested hull. The interior boasts stunning arrangements in spacious volumes, with the indoor pool of the huge beach club spa area being a major feature.
BILGIN 156 M/Y NERISSA LAUNCHED !
We’re proud to announce M/Y “NERISSA”, the first of the 48m Bilgin 156 series, was launched on the 26th July after 23 months of construction.
The graceful lines and perfect proportions of the vessel from Unique Yacht Design’s talented office were immediately catching the eye and drawings compliments from all persons witnessing the event. This gives the promise that this 499 GRT superyacht will be a head turner and the subject of much interest in the coming months.
TIMELESS HAS BEEN SOLD !
We’re pleased to announce the sale of their Bilgin 160 Classic through the competent assistance of Leo Jordil of IYC.
“Timeless always had a special place in our hearts. Although we are sad to see her go, we are happy she has fallen in such good hands,” says shipyard Sales Manager, Yildirim Bilgen.
Launched by Bilgin Yachts in May 2012, this gorgeous 49-metre vessel was an instant classic. Inspired by the aesthetics of the glorious 1920’s, she is however much more than a mere rendition of a classic superyacht with her exceptional range, state of the art technology and equipment, which enables her to offer a supremely comfortable cruising experience.
DUSUR HAS BEEN EXTENDED IN ISTANBUL
BILGIN 164, ‘Dusur’, was 49.90 m M/Y which we had seen off to international waters in 2015, is back in Istanbul. She is getting ready for a fresher and more improved entrance to 2017 season. DUSUR has arrived at West Istanbul Marina for a regular maintenance in mid February. However her owner wanted an extension at her transom to increase the beach club area, which will make her 1.90 metre longer. Within the extension work, the transom platform will be turned into a 2.75 metre wide platform, in which a ‘transformer’ hydraulic-deploying platform will be integrated for a better swimming experience.
DUSUR will thus enter the 2017 season measuring 51,80 metres.
GIAOLA-LU, NOMINATED AS A FINALIST FOR THE WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS 2017.
BILGIN 155, Giaola-Lu, is nominated as a finalist for the World Superyacht Awards 2017. Entering its twelfth year, the awards recognise the finest superyachts launched throughout 2016. Delivered to her Mexican owner in summer 2016, 47 metre Giaola-Lu attracted quite a lot attention from sector professionals in Cannes and Monaco Yacht show, where she was displayed for the first time. She is now among the finalists at displacement motor yachts of below 500 GT – 43 metre and above category at World Superyacht Awards.
A WAVE OF NOSTALGIA, A WIND OF CHANGE
The wind of change meets nostalgia nowadays here at Bilgin Yachts. Built in 2010, the Bilgin 123, “Tee-Dje”, one of the last examples of our cold-moulded hulls, is back at West Istanbul Marina for a complete refit. Since the owners are very happy with her interior and exterior design, all they wanted was to keep the design as it is but refresh it at the same time. Started in October, Tee-Dje’s refit project mainly consists of woodwork maintenance and hardware upgrades. The 2010 model motor yacht was turned into a 2017 model vessel, according to the refit team of 40 Bilgin talents consist of veteran cold molding craftsmen as well as young and well-equipped engineers. The refitted Tee-Dje is scheduled for delivery in June but she is already near completion and ready to be handed over ahead of schedule in early May.
BILGIN AT A GLANCE IN 2016
We made an exciting kickoff to the year, with the start of the first 80.1 meter’s construction. Then later in the year BILGIN 263-II, second hull we were building on spec, was also purchased in November. Equipped with stage-of-the-art technology and manned by highly skilled workforce, our new marine furniture factory was also brought to life this year. To take a look at 2016 for Bilgin Yachts, here is our newsletter…
BILGIN 156 AT FULL-SPEED
Alongside the impressive 80 metres, we are currently building two 48-metre BILGIN 156 series speculation units, currently available for purchase. Thanks to the advantage of working on sisterships of a new in-house developed series, the construction of the two first BILGIN 156s is going on at full-swing fast rate. We have completed 55 percent of the BILGIN 156-I’s construction so far. The construction of Bilgin 156-II has also reached 25 percent with her steel hull and aluminium structure completed. The first hull will be ready for delivery in summer 2017… Second hull will be delivered in Spring 2018.
GIAOLA-LU HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE SHOWBOATS DESIGN AWARDS 2017!
We are proud to announce that BILGIN 155 was shortlisted as a finalist at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2017. Giaola-Lu, our latest delivery, is a finalist at Best Naval Architecture – Displacement Motor Yacht category of the awards. Tailored to her Mexican owner’s specifications in conjunction with H2, Unique Yacht Design has its signature under her naval architecture. Her success is not a surprise for us since she got very positive reactions from the sector professionals during and following the Monaco Yacht Show. The ShowBoats Design Awards will take place on 5 February, in Kitzbühel, Austria.
CONTRACT FOR A SECOND 80 METER
We are happy to announce that we have entered into a contract for a second 80.1 meter motor yacht of our BILGIN 263 series for a repeat client. BILGIN 263-II, she was designed and engineered by Unique Yacht Design whilst the interior was once again entrusted to the talent of H2 Yacht Design studio. As of today, 75 percent of hull number one’s steel hull has been completed and the construction of its aluminium superstructure has begun, whilst 50 percent of hull number two’s hull has also achieved completion. We are very honoured by the confidence that another of our existing clients has put in us to deliver such an exceptional vessel, which undoubtedly, along with the first 80.1 meter, bring Bilgin Yachts to another level” says İsmail Şengün, Bilgin’s CEO.
CLARITY TO SPARKLE ONCE AGAIN
Clarity, second boat of retro BILGIN Classic 160 series, is on display by IYC at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016. Inspiring a “never ending desire to explore” in visitors, Clarity is a full custom and elegant motor yacht, which we launched in May, 2015. She then had been delivered in July, after the completion of the changes made according to her owner’s specifications. Clarity, which was admired by the distinguished guests of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last year, will also be available for viewings this year at Face Dock 14 A-G, at FLIBS.
IT’S FLIBS TIME AGAIN !
Florida, “yachting capital of the world”, is hosting the industry for the 57th time. From yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts, the sector will meet once again at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Nov 3-Nov 7, 2016. Bilgin Team is attending this important event of the yachting world. We are willing to meet our colleagues and sector professionals for a mutual update. You can contact our team to set up a meeting for any Bilgin creation of your interest.
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‘BRAVO’S FOR BILGIN 155
Giaola-Lu, our latest delivery, was displayed at Monaco Yacht Show between September 28 – October 1, 2016. BILGIN 155 got very positive reactions from the sector professionals and won recognition among the distinguished visitors of the show. “She is amazing. I can’t wait to work with Bilgin on our next project” said a visitor while other stated that this was the first boat he has ever visited twice at a boat show. The combination of different materials and colour tones appreciated by visitors, who expressed their admiration on the Turkish craftsmanship by saying “Great attention to details… “I am totally impressed by the finishing quality.” A designer’s comment on her general arrangement plan was, “Exterior lounge and recreational areas are bigger than I thought of.” Seen off to international waters from Istanbul at the end of July, Giaola-Lu had been show-cased for the very first time at Concours d’Elegance during the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
BILGIN 155 TO SHOW OFF AT MYS
Giaola-Lu (BILGIN 155), our latest delivery, will be displayed at Monaco Yacht Show between September 28 – October 1, 2016.
Had been seen off to international waters from Istanbul at the end of July, Giaola-Lu was show-cased for the very first time at Concours d’Elegance during the Cannes Yachting Festival early September. Giaola-Lu will be welcoming her visitors at location JETÉE LUCCIANA – L01, Port Hercule, during the show. This year Port Hercule is hosting the 26th Monaco Yacht Show, the most prestigious event of the yachting industry. 34,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the show to celebrate the best that superyachts have to offer. Among the 125 most desirable yachts from the latest season, Giaola-Lu will fascinate with her impressive specifications. She will be available for viewings over the 4 days of the Monaco Yacht Show at location JETÉE LUCCIANA – L01, Port Hercule. Visitors are requested to get an appointment from Miss Tuğba Şengün at email@example.com.
GIAOLA-LU DAZED OVER BODRUM BAYS
Bodrum and Marmaris bays had a lastminute guests last week. BILGIN 155, the latest delivery of the luxury boat builder, returned to Turkish waters earlier than expected for her exterior shots. Attracting quite a lot attention from passerbys, she played the lead role at her exterior still and video shootings in the wilds of Bodrum bays. She had been delivered to her Mexican owner and seen off to international waters from West İstanbul Marina on 22st of July.
BILGIN YACHTS DELIVERS IT’S BEAUTIFUL YACHT GIAOLA-LU
We are glad to announce that BILGIN 155 was delivered to her owner successfully last Friday (22.07.2016) from West İstanbul Marina.This was the first fully custom superyacht for the client who arrived in Istanbul for the delivery as an extended family of 3 generations. As the layout of spaces was according to indoor/outdoor family living and accommodating a large number of guests, they stayed on board while BILGIN 155 team was dealing with the final arrangements. GIAOLA-LU and the team became immediately a part of our client’s family. So instead of a ceremony, she was seen off to international waters by the team who has worked diligently on her until the very last moment to ensure it would meet the exacting demands of Bilgin Yachts Shipyard. BILGIN 155 is expected to be back on Turkish waters after th’s week for her exterior shots in which she will be playing the lead role in a setting where green meets blue…
COUNTDOWN FOR DELIVERY OF THE ‘DREAM YACHT’
The countdown has begun for the delivery of BILGIN 155, 46.8 meter motor yacht named GIAOLA-LU by her owner. Our interior team is doing the last touches on her H2 designed interior. This was the first fully custom superyacht for the client and H2 were given great freedom to develop their ‘dream yacht’. “The layout of spaces was according to indoor/outdoor family living and accommodating a large number of guests over 5 lower deck guest cabins and 1 main deck owner suite” says Tam Elder, Project Director at H2. This results in the large main deck lounge, a combined galley pantry for use of the owner and another large lounge on bridge deck. Elder states that the client was not particular about following a ‘traditional’ layout and the result is a very usable modern superyacht.
WE WERE RANKED NUMBER ONE EXPORTER
Clarity (BILGIN 160 Classic-II) and Dusur (BILGIN 164), our 2015 deliveries, are still making us happy. We have been ranked number one exporter by Istanbul Exporters’ Association, in terms of export revenues in 2015.
The 12th ‘The Most Successful Exporters Award Ceremony’ was organised on 27th May, 2016, by the association. The biggest exporter companies under the sub sectors of the association was listed in terms of their export revenues in 2015. And we, as Bilgin team, attended the ceremony to be awarded the first prize. Bilgin Yachts Shipyard was ranked number one exporter among Turkish Ship and Yacht Exporters Association under the the umbrella of Istanbul Exporters’ Association.
BILGIN 263 ARISES
Since we have started constructing the BILGIN 263 in March, it is not a project anymore. The biggest yacht to be built in Turkey is arising BILGIN 263 is at block construction stage at the moment. Works are grinding on expeditiously at our Yalova facilities. 7 of total 25 blocks of the steel hull is about to finish. Block assembly and superstructure building is scheduled for July. She will be powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines, which will be delivered this November. She is going to be delivered to our new shipyard at West Istanbul Marina for further construction after her launch in Mach 2017