Long before Go’s owner committed to his first superyacht project, Turquoise Yachts knew that their new flagship was going to be something special. Following the success of the first project to be launched under the new Turquoise name in 2016, Roe (ex: Razan), Turquoise knew that they were onto something good with new management and brand identity. Add to this fierce ambition a designer-shipyard relationship that stretches back over two decades, a passionate first-time owner and a vibrant hull colour that perfectly matches the company’s values, and what you end up with is a new flagship worthy of the title.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonThe new 77-metre motor yacht Go has been attracting attention from all over the industry since her launch in 2018 for all the right reasons. Not only is she the Istanbul shipyard’s largest project to date, but many in the business would argue perhaps also the most stylish. H2 Yacht Design, which has worked with Turquoise on over half a dozen projects since 2006, was once again called upon to lead this project on the design front. "The yard identified our previous yacht Vicky as containing the essential DNA of the relaunched Turquoise Yachts and we used her as a starting point,” remembers H2 Yacht Design Founder, Jonny Horsfield. “The project grew from a three-deck to a four-deck which changed the dynamic of the design slightly but the original H2 arches are there in a controlled manner.”
Photo: Julien Hubert / SuperYacht TimesH2 understood the gravity of this project and what it could mean for all involved and didn’t hesitate to jump on board with the same can-do spirit to make sure Go was unlike anything else in their portfolio to date. “This was a chance for us and the yard to really flex our muscles and show off to the yachting world what we were really capable of with a great brief and budget to design a yacht that can really compare with anything the market has to offer. Displaying her at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 was a success as it showed the market that Turquoise had not gone anywhere and remains a serious alternative.”
Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesWith a sports fanatic as the new owner, spaces have been divided and specially designed to offer a variety of social and functional spaces. From the raised pool on the sundeck with a built-in waterfall feature to the open-air gym on the bridge deck and the full-beam beach club down at water level - the 16 guests on board will be able to continue their active lifestyles even at sea.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonWorking with a ‘water in motion’ theme as the inspiration for all areas on board, Go’s dynamic look is every bit as intentional as the so-called 'Island Turquoise' colour scheme found throughout the yacht which is used to enhance the ocean feel inside. “Though the exterior has modern flowing lines, she is a modern interpretation of a fairly classically proportioned yacht. The colour of the hull and the detailing of the exterior in general, as well as the exterior furniture, is rich with detail and this connects the exterior with the interior,” Horsfield explains.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonWith her bold design and beautifully crafted interior, there is no doubt that Go is Turquoise Yachts’ new statement piece and, if that striking hull is anything to go by, their future is to be as colourful and joyous as their past.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonInside job
Having started the project on speculation, H2’s original interior design underwent several style changes after the yacht was acquired mid-build by her owner. “When the new client came aboard, we were challenged to redesign the interior in only 3 months!” recalls Horsfield. “The owner’s brief was to create an interior with richness and glamour whilst keeping a light feel to the interior ambience.”
Photo: Guillaume PlissonAll seven guest staterooms are located on the main deck, leaving the entire lower deck to the crew. These consist of two VIP suites, three double and two twin cabins, each with its own marble-rich ensuite and Alex Turco art piece in the shower. The same edge-lit floating panels found in the main saloon are continued in the cabins and make for a sensual atmosphere when the mood lighting takes over as the sun goes down.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonAll of these elements perfectly meet in the centre of the yacht where a one-of-a-kind Sea Spray ‘chandelier’ consisting of 468 separate blown ‘icicles’ drops down the central staircase with a mesmerising effect. The Dale Chihuly piece picks up the turquoise accents found around the yacht and radiates it throughout the lobby from the surrounding mirror’s reflection.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonThere and back
Under the command of Captain Simon Johnson, Go has enjoyed a non-stop family-friendly itinerary which kicked off immediately after delivery and saw the yacht cruise from Istanbul along the Turkish Riviera and beyond to reach the French Riviera in time for the Monaco Yacht Show.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonHaving covered well over 10,000 nm since the delivery day after a successful maiden Caribbean season, Go’s owner and crew have by now ironed out any unwanted creases as the yacht prepares for its second Mediterranean season. As the brain of the yacht, Go’s bridge is layered with some of the most modern tech available, all designed to make cruising as safe as possible.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonNo fewer than six 26-inch displays are used for all the vital navigation and surveillance controls of the vessel with an additional 46-inch chart screen at hand for a closer look at any given area that Go finds herself in. Overhead touch displays communicate further essential information, and even the helm chair itself comes with its own screen, immersing the watchkeepers with all the data they require for a safe passage. Having arrived at a destination, her captain has the option of engaging the dynamic positioning system instead of dropping anchor when in environmentally sensitive areas.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonIsland life
Go’s beach club is a fully-fledged guest area on its own, and according to Horsfield, “a space you would actually want to hang out in!”. Combining the practicalities of an open transom and the stylish, livable areas that only an enclosed stern can offer, this layout makes docking in port a breeze for her crew while offering an added sense of privacy to her guests when enjoying this tranquil area at anchor.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonCovering 162 square metres, a transom door folds flush into the swim platform to reveal a 9-metre-wide sun lounging space that is also ideal for preparing for those fun family watersports days. “It is a triumph for what is only a 77-metre yacht,” adds Horsfield. Two additional shell doors on either side of the hull expand the beach club’s space to the maximum, letting natural sunlight into the lounge, bar, massage room and dive store areas that are also found down here.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonAdding to the serenity of the beach club is the fact that tender operations are moved midships to starboard. Her custom 9.6-metre and 8.6-metre matching Pascoe tenders get launched and retrieved through a special 10-metre-long hull door produced in the Netherlands.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonMaster class
Looking out over the touch-and-go helicopter landing pad and private jacuzzi on the forward upper deck is Go’s impressive master suite. With some of the largest single-piece windows installed on a yacht of this size, the views from here are unlike anything found elsewhere on the yacht.
Photo: Guillaume PlissonThe thin mullions highlight the scale of these life-sized windows even further, making this a true 270-degree view masterpiece. Here, a huge sliding door to starboard opens up right onto the deck where a breakfast table inside the cabin overlooks the side of the yacht. The owner’s private space stretches all the way to the aft deck of this level where an owner’s lounge leads out to the outdoor dining area and bar.
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