Bilgin Launches Largest Home Built Motoryacht

The largest luxury motor yacht to be built in Turkey to date has been launched by Bilgin Yachts

The hull and superstructure of the 80-metre superyacht known only as Project 263 slid into the water at the Bilgin metal works facility in Yalova.

The nascent vessel was then towed to Bilgin Yachts’ brand-new outfitting facilities at Istanbul West Marina and carefully placed in one of the company’s three 90m+ slots inside a massive building shed.

Due for delivery at the end of 2019, the vessel features styling and naval architecture by the prolific office of Unique Yacht Design and a striking interior styling by H2 Design Studio.

She promises outstanding performances, both in terms of top speed and range efficiency thanks to a fully optimised and tank-tested hull. The interior boasts stunning arrangements in spacious volumes, with the indoor pool of the huge beach club spa area being a major feature.

The vessel is being built to ABS classification and LY3 compliance as is her sistership, which, time-wise, is trailing her by six months.

Following the successful launching of Nerissa the first in the Bilgin 156 series, the company is also building a second 48-metre in the same series. Both she and Nerissa are for sale and lying in the south of France for private viewings.

Speaking at the launching Ismail Şengün, Bilgin’s CEO, “Today is a proud day for our company. We are happy to see how beautiful the boat is and really look forward to presenting her to the world in a couple of years.”


  • Length overall:                      80.1 metres
  • Length on waterline:            71.01 metres
  • Beam:                                     12.2 metres
  • Draught:                                 3.5 metres
  • Displacement:                        1,450 tons
  • Gross Tonnage:                      1,600gt
  • Main Engines:                        MTU16V4000 M63 1B @ 1,600 rpm
  • Output:                                   2 x 1.920 kW
  • Max speed:                            18 knots
  • Range at cruising speed:      5,000 miles