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Motor yacht Lilium by Bilgin launched

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Saskia Henn

Following the sale of the first hull of Bilgin 156 two months ago, the 47.5-metre Bilgin 156-II named Lilium has hit the water. As Lilium was the last yacht to be launched from the Turkish shipyard’s former facility in Kucukcekmece of Istanbul, the shipyard will now concentrate its projects at its facilities located in West Istanbul Marina.

Lilium yacht launch in Istanbul Photo: Bilgin YachtsHer exterior design and naval architecture is the work of Unique Yacht Design while her interior was created by the Turkish Shipyard’s design team and features slight differences to her sister ship, the 47.5-metre Starburst III (ex: Nerissa).

Lilium yacht launchPhoto: Bilgin YachtsWith five staterooms with specially decorated headboards and lighting to accommodate up to 10 guests, Lilium comes with a feature staircase that reflects daylight from the Jacuzzi located above. The design has also allowed for the galley to be situated to allow more space between guests and crew. The interior designer of Bilgin Yachts İlkay Dovan commented on her desire to create a bright and airy atmosphere: “We tried to imagine even the tiniest details through the look of a kaleidoscope. It was a challenging process to create luminous effect while deciding on the proportions of each material.”

Lilium yacht launchPhoto: Bilgin YachtsYacht Lilium possesses light colours throughout her interior, with white, gold and brass decor, and various elements of the new yacht were inspired by nature, which is also reflected in her name. İsmail Şengün, CEO of Bilgin Yachts commented, “The Bilgin 156-II is named after the beautiful white flower Lilium as a sign of our promise to the yacht owners: A sunny and happy day on deck.”

Lilium yacht launchPhoto: Bilgin Yachts“It is always exciting to see the end result of our designs,” commented Emrecan Özgün, Founder and CEO of Istanbul-based design office Unique Yacht Design. “After the success of Starburst III (ex: Nerissa), we can't wait to see how Lilium will affect the ones who see her. She is a proud example of today's globally recognized Turkish craftsmanship."

Lilium yacht launchPhoto: Bilgin YachtsLilium is powered by twin 1,448 hp MTU 12V20000 M72 diesel engines, giving her a cruising speed of 12 knots and a maximum speed of 16 knots. She will now undergo sea trials before making her way to the South of France in time for both the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show

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