Bilgin Yachts of Turkey launched its the first hull of 263-foot (80-meter) Bilgin 263 series— the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard so far. The private launch ceremony took place in the Bilgin Yachts facility in West Istanbul Marina. The yacht will now be outfitted and ready for delivery in spring/summer of 2020.
Bilgin Yachts has currently built three units of the Bilgin 263 series. The second hull –which is already sold—is planned 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 emphasizes 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 marble creates a luxurious ambience.
Emrecan Özgün, CEO and the Founder of Unique Yacht Design, describes the brand-new 263 series as follows: "With her design and comfort elements, the Bilgin 263 is truly one-of-a-kind. 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 steel-aluminum superyachts of today."
Toby Sturge of H2 Yacht Design says, "He was asking for a layout that was unique to his own requirements and one that people would certainly remember and differentiate among many other 80m yachts. As H2 Yacht Design team, we focused on the owner's wishes and turned them into a comfortable, luxurious yet functional interior. Timeless understatement is indeed the recurrent theme on board."
With two 2,560 kW engines, she has a max speed up to 20 knots, while the cruising speed 12 knots keeps her fuel consumption as 66 gal (250 liters) an hour. She is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is extremely environmentally-friendly. The third unit of the series is being produced alongside the shipyard’s 279-foot (85-meter) superyacht which is ordered and is planned to be delivered in 2023. There is also an on-spec project 220-foot (67-meter) yacht coming along for 2022, while the latest project is a 164-foot (50-meter) yacht that is planned for
the near future. Both yachts have their designs signed by Unique Yacht Design. They have modern lines, spacious interior and exterior living areas as well as meeting all the latest manufacturing standards and best practices of the industry.
Hull configuration: Displacement
Hull material: Steel
LOA: 263ft (80m)
Beam/max: 40ft (12.20m)
Draft at full load: 11 ½ ft (3.5m) (approx)
Displacement at full load: 1,450 T (approx)
Gross tonnage: 1,680 GT
Fuel capacity: 40, 847 gal (155,000lt)
Water capacity: 12, 657 gal (47,913lt)
Main engines: MTU 16V 4000M73
Engines power: 2x 2.560 kW @1,970 RPM
Maximum speed: 19
Cruising speed: 15
Range at cruising speed at half load: 5,000+ miles
Exterior Design: Unique Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
Interior Design: H2 Yacht Design
Builder: Bilgin Yachts