Shipyard Focus: Bilgin Yachts

Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts is a fifth generation family business building luxury yachts for over 85 years, and are a major, integral player in the Turkish Yachting Industry.

The shipyard leads a highly skilled team that are able to cater for clients interested in wood-composite (cold-moulded), steel or aluminium build or, indeed, a combination of the three. With three shipyards totaling 27,000m2 in the greater Istanbul area, an award winning in-house design team, plus a 5,000m2 world class marine furniture factory and a newly developed 2,000m2 steel workshop, the demonstrably have the resources and knowledge to build some of the finest customised motor yachts. Keeping so much of the build process in house, the company are also able to ensure the highest standards of quality at extremely competitive prices to their clients.

Within the last 45 years, over 50 motor yachts have been successfully launched and now the company is ready to take their entire operation to the next level. With an extensive in-depth knowledge of their own products, it has come as a natural move for Bilgin Yachts to take in all sales and marketing operations. The company will be handling these activities in-house, under the direct responsibility of Yildirim Bilgen.

In order to be able to offer the best service possible, and allowing their projects to take maximum advantage of the company's comprehensive experience in the industry, this exciting new development is a natural next step in the history of Bilgin Yachts, which is already working on several intriguing new projects.

In addition to the internalisation of all marketing and sales activities, Bilgin Yachts has also attracted a new in-house designer who will be making full use of their impressive new facilities at the yard's Istanbul based location.

Keep an eye out for more on this great new venture. An in-depth feature of some of the new projects Bilgin Yachts currently has in the works will be published soon.

By Maarten Janssen

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