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Construction progresses on Bilgin’s 80m sister superyachts in Turkey

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Vivian Hendriksz

Construction on Bilgin Yachts’ largest vessel to date, the 80-metre motor yacht 263 series, is well underway at the Turkish shipyard’s facility in West Istanbul Marina. Outfitting for the two sister yachts Bilgin 263 I and Bilgin 236 II is has begun following the completion of the first and second hulls.  Bilgin 263/1 and 263/2 in build at West Istanbul shipyardPhoto: Bilgin YachtsWork on the Bilgin 263 I is said to be on track and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019, while the Bilgin 263 II is set to make its debut in 2020. Both superyachts were started on speculation and feature an exterior designed by Unique Yacht Design. H2 Design Studio and the Bilgin Yachts design team collaborated on her interior design.  Bilgin 263/2 arriving in Bilgin Istanbul shipyardPhoto: Bilgin Yachts

One of the standout features of the 263 series is the large beach club, which is directly connected to the main saloon. Accommodating up to 16 guests on board, the Bilgin 263 features an expansive master suite located on the upper deck, featuring a balcony, spa pool and plenty of space for private sun-lounging. Bilgin 263 beachclub rendering

The interior of the Bilgin 263 I will feature neutral and bright tones throughout its living areas, with the second hull featuring warmer tones. “Both the exterior and interior areas of the Bilgin 263 are full of surprises. To me, the most attractive area is the beach club itself,” said Emrecan Öztürk, CEO of Unique Yacht Design. “While designing the yacht, we placed all the tenders and sea toys in the front deck. This is how we managed to connect the beach club with the main saloon.”

Bilgin 263 / I under constructionPhoto: Justin Ratcliffe
“The Bilgin 263 will differentiate herself from her predecessors. The superyacht's form is optimised well,” added Öztürk. “With two 2,560 kW engines, she will speed up to 20 knots, while a cruising speed of 12 knots will keep her fuel consumption at 250 l/h. She is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is supposed to be the most environmental yacht in her class.”

Bilgin 263/1 hull completed in IstanbulThe construction update on the 263 series comes as SuperYacht Times was the first to visit Bilgin Yachts new state-of-the-art shipyard near Istanbul and see the two 80-metre projects in person in the new sheds. Read more about Bilgin's new facility in the next issue of The SuperYacht Times newspaper, out next week. 

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