on 21 Apr 2020
First hull of 263 series is largest superyacht ever built in Turkey
The first hull of the flagship 263 series built by Turkey’s Bilgin Yachts recently passed her first sea trial in Istanbul while proving her performance, seaworthiness, and comfort. This latest Bilgin will be ready for delivery in summer 2020.
Built at Bilgin Yachts’ main facilities in Istanbul and launched in February 2020, the first hull of Bilgin 263 series – Tatiana, with model name NB75 – is the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard. The 80m superyacht more than met performance expectations.
During the first trials of the yacht’s twin MTU 16V 4000M73 engines, Tatania achieved the expected maximum speed of 19+ knots and had a smooth driving behaviour. The shipyard considers this series to be a key milestone on its path towards becoming one of the most-prominent brands in the world.
In February, Tatania’s private launch ceremony took place at the Bilgin Yachts facility in West Istanbul.
Bilgin is currently building three units of the 80m Bilgin 263 series. The second hull – which is already sold – is expected to be launched in 2021 and following that, the third hull of the model will be delivered to her owner in the same year. The series emphasises eco-friendliness, featuring a special exhaust system that provides 100% clean-air emissions.
The sharp exterior lines and stylish interior areas of the yacht offer a strong modern feeling. The extensive use of a contrasting combination of rich Macassar ebony, eucalyptus, and plenty of marble creates a strong identity and a luxurious ambience in the superyacht.
“With her design and comfort elements, the Bilgin 263 is truly one-of-a-kind,” says Emrecan Özgün, CEO and Founder of Unique Yacht Design. “We created a very attractive yacht with a sleek and sexy profile while avoiding high-dosage design clichés. The increase in living areas normally results in bulky designs. The Bilgin 263 has a design attitude that will dominate the yachting sector around the world. This will clearly make her a trendsetter among the steel-aluminum superyachts of today.”
Jonny Horsfield of H2 design ltd says the client is a very experienced yacht owner and had a very clear concept for his biggest yacht. “The yacht is contemporary in layout with generous salons and a huge spa and beach club aft being a particular highlight,” says Horsfield. “The theme of the interior is based on a light-but-rich palette, whilst the design is definitely crisp and contemporary in feel. We also brought this philosophy to the exterior decks which closely follow this rich warm theme. Overall, a stunning interior that complements the modern exterior perfectly.”
With two 2,560kW engines she can reach nearly 20 knots, and while cruising at 12 knots her fuel consumption is 250 litres/hour. She is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification, and is considered to be the most environmentally friendly yacht in her class.
The third unit of the series is being produced alongside the shipyard’s 85m superyacht, which is ordered and is planned to be delivered in 2023. There is also an on-spec project 67m yacht coming along for 2022, while the latest project is a 50m yacht to be manufactured in the near future. Both yachts have designs signed by Unique Yacht Design.
Bilgin Yachts is a boutique shipyard building bespoke 40m to 100m luxury superyachts. It has been a family-run business for five generations since the early 1900s. With its 400+ highly-skilled craftsmen, who contribute to the 90% of the work in-house, the shipyard operates in facilities covering 59,500sqm that include a state-of-the-art marine furniture factory, a comprehensive machine shop, and a stainless-steel workshop.
Bilgin 263 Series Tatania
Hull configuration: Displacement
Hull material: Steel
S/Structure material: Aluminium
LWL at full load: 71.01m
Draft at full load: 3.5m (approx)
Displacement at full load: 1,450 tonnes (approx)
Gross tonnage: 1,680 gross tonnes
Fuel capacity: 155,000 litres
Water capacity: 47,913 litres
Main engines: 2x MTU 16V 4000M73
Engines power : 2x 2.560kW @1,970rpm
Max speed: 19 knots
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Range at cruising speed (half load): 5,000+ nautical miles
Exterior Design: Unique Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
Interior Design: H2 Yacht Design
Builder: Bilgin Yachts