The first superyacht in the new Mothership series, Ceylan, designed by Tansu Yachts, from Istanbul, was launched just before the summer. SuperYachtTimes.com takes a closer look at this new superyacht series, of which a slightly larger sistership, the 36.40 metre Mothership OneTwenty Nomad, is still under construction.
Ceylan and her sistership are the result of a long and detailed design work taking over a year, first starting with the conceptual design then working closely with 2 different customers, designing towards their needs but also retaining the firm's unique design philosophy and style overall. "We favour large open decks and amenities in the exteriors as the boats are primarily intended for Mediterranean use". The design studio's founder, Riza Tansu, has lived onboard his first yacht (he designed and built it for himself) for a long time and also has other yachting experiences, so he's very experienced about what works in reality and what doesn't.
The main difference between Ceylan and her sistership is their length, the second yacht is extended by 1.20 metres to accomodate larger tenders. Apart from that and some personal choices of the customers (a jacuzzi and different exterior seating units, changes in bar area), they are very similar.
The yachts are built with RINA and MCA specifications. Needless to say all equipment and systems are top quality. In addition to the seaworthy design of the hull there are zero speed stabilizers. There are also bow & stern thrusters for greater maneuverability.
The Mothership series yachts are built around open spaces, especially suited for Mediterranean use. In contrast to the traditional yachting sense, interior volumes are not maximised and enclosed, rather, the owner's needs are met in an optimum interior volume, and exterior spaces are emphasized. This approach can be described as having a house with a very nice garden instead of a cramped condo in a busy skyscraper.
“Keeping the interiors on the optimum also allows us to be very generous in interior spaces and dimensions. We have utilised a maximum amount of space for storage, both on decks and in the interiors. There is also a lazarette on the aft for storing diving and technical equipment. The tenders are exposed and a central part of the design idea, especially as the yacht is mostly for use in the south of Turkey and the Greek Islands, with the tenders frequently used for island hopping and relaxing in secluded bays”.
On the lower deck there are 4 Guest cabins in total. There are 2 VIP cabins with queen beds, and 2 twin guest cabins, all feature large bathrooms.
The guest area and crew area is well separated. The crew for example have their own staircases. In the crew area forward on the lower deck there is a laundry, a crew mess and a cold room for storing food and drinks, and accommodation for 6 crew.
The aft 'beach' carries the exposed tenders when the yacht is underway. When the yacht is at anchor, the tenders are unloaded and the space becomes a large sunbathing area with freestanding chaise-lounges. In addition to the formal dining in the salon, there is an open-air dining unit (seating for 10) on the main deck. The design is geared towards enjoying the nice weather in a shade and allows for better socializing in an informal dining atmosphere.
The light and airy, yet sophisticated interior style draws on a variety of textures and fabrics. In main salon and adjacent open plan dining room feature wall panelling in a natural finish. The two B&B sofa's in the main salon face each other, and a large widescreen TV is placed behind the dining table.
The large master stateroom forward on the main deck epitomizes the calm and peaceful atmosphere found throughout the yacht. The cabin features his' and her's bathrooms, and a small study.
The upper deck features a large sunpad lounge unit for sunbathing, and there is a bar with a complete outdoor galley, which includes a pizza oven, icemakers and other galley equipment. Inside there is a dedicated captain's cabin with head and the wheelhouse, which is equipped with the most advanced onboard instrumentation available.
Towards the bow there's extra storage space and another open area for partying and chilling with free standing furniture. In the second yacht the area is designed with a hot tub.
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