One of the best kept secrets is the Bilgin shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey which has been building yachts and pleasure craft for over 45 years. They have quietly been building cold moulded and aluminium yachts to order and have delivered two 37 metre (123ft) and one 40 metre (127ft) yachts this year alone.
Bilgin are coming out of the shadows to reveal themselves to the yachting world as a viable alternative to both Turkish yards as well as offering stiff competition to the Italian yards building in this segment of the market. By making mutual partnerships with established designers and technical consultants along with the combination of quality and amazing value for money makes them perfectly placed to make a bigger impact on the market as a whole.
One such launch this year was the 37 metre (123ft) motoryacht Tee-Dje, with its stunning, modern interior designed by London based H2 Yacht Design. Following this successful collaboration Bilgin and H2 Yacht Design have joined forces again to design a stunning and distinctive new 40m yacht that is now well under construction in Istanbul. With both exterior and interior styling from H2 Design, the yacht features a version of the vertical plumb style bow for a more aggressive look, whilst maintaining a full five cabin layout with a large owners suite forwards on main deck, and large aft lounges on both decks.
Once again Bilgin and H2 are working on an even bigger 45m version soon to be revealed as the next build project at this prolific yard.