Bilgin Yachts has been a family business for five generations. The company designs and builds luxury yachts of the finest quality, and superyachts, for discriminating clients around the world. The family established Bilgin Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey in 1929, and it has remained in the same family hands since then. Having the same experiential pool has been a good thing for Bilgin, as it remains a leader in innovative techniques for building yachts. Bilgin’s wood construction process is unique. The technique uses cold molding, where double-layered epoxy is used to laminate marine plywood to mahogany frames. These are covered with West Epoxy Resin and double layers of FRP. All of their external deck areas are made from sustainable sourced Burma teak. The company can build their superyachts as long as 65 meters using their innovative processes.
Throughout their 85 years plus as leaders in the Turkish yacht industry and extending globally, Bilgin has launched over 50 high performance vessels, utilizing their team of experienced and skilled craftsmen. Production has included vessels up to 60 meters, with a wide range of smaller yachts, both pre-designed and customized, also included in their portfolio. Bilgin has three shipyards in the Istanbul region. These total 27,000 square meters, a 5,000 square meter marine furniture factory, a 2,000 square foot stainless steel workshop and the experience and resources to effectively build their exclusive yachts. Their design team is award winning, and dedicated to the shipyard. Their network of partnerships with famous consultants and designers is key to their competitive edge in the global yacht market.
The company relies on references from clients, vertical integration in terms of its design capabilities, the in-house furniture factory, its stainless steel workshop and the expert employees who have been with the company for decades to provide the best in contemporary and classic yachts. Bilgin recently signed a contract with Rolls-Royce, MTU to supply six new engines for current projects. The new engines will provide increased engine power which will be used for existing 47.6m projects and for a contract on an 80m vessel. The 2016 to 2017 contracts expect shipment for these new superyachts, extending Bilgin’s portfolio and increasing its prestige.
In the 2016 Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report, Bilgin Yachts Shipyards was awarded the rank of number 20. This places Bilgin as one of the top twenty global providers of luxury vessels. The rankings are based on performance and activity over the last five calendar years, pointing towards the most robust players in the current market, and identifying which are the most likely to have future growth opportunities both in size and geography.
Considering the quality and reputation Bilgin has built over the decades, the company appears to stand ready to serve the luxury superyacht market for many years to come.
Enthusiasts of fine custom yachts will appreciate these Bilgin classics:
The Indiana, Bilgin 127 is a 38 meter yacht. She was launched in 2010, and features sophisticated exteriors by the Bilgin Yacht designers and amazingly beautiful interiors designed by Septemar Yacht interiors. Her hull was formerly known as number 809. Indiana has 5 guest cabins to sleep 10, a master cabin, a VIP cabin and three cabins for guests. The vessel requires 6 crew members, who share three cabins.
Awlgrip paint systems created the vessel’s distinctive white windows with black tinting. The vessel as two MTU Blue Line engines with 2400 horsepower. She can attain a 20 knot high speed and can cruise at 16 knots. Her beam is 7.5 meters. She is classed RINA.
Timeless, the Bilgin 160 Classic, was launched in 2012. She won the Best Custom Yacht Desing up to 50 Meter category World Yachts Trophy at Cannes in 2012. She is 48.70 meters in length, with a beam of 8.50m. Her draught is 2.1m and her fuel capacity is 8.150 gallons, US. Her main engines are two 707 horsepower DE2842 LE, with a range of 3850 nm, and a speed of 13.5 knots.
Timeless has 6 staterooms for up to 12 guests designed in the style of 1950s glamour. Her inspired design was completely provided by the Bilgin Shipyard team. State of the art equipment and technology provides extremely comfortable cruising and passenger enjoyment. A Bilgin 160 Classic 2012 was recently offered for sale at the asking price of $16,900,000 US.
Clarity was launched in 2015 on May 4th. Her owner accepted delivery on June 25th of that year. Clarity’s home port is Bikini, with a Marshall Islands registration and flag. She was presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show the year of her launch, in November. When Clarity was displayed, she received high recognition from show visitors. Many admired her classic styling and the fine workmanship of her furnishings.
Clarity is a second hull version of Bilgin’s 160 Classic design, though the first hull, Timeless had different features. Clarity’s feature changes were requested by her owner. Some customized features include her main salon with its loose furniture, providing easier forward galley access on the main deck. The main deck master cabin was enlarged by 3.5 meters to build a walk-in closet. The existing bathroom in that space was relocated to the lower deck, just below. The crew quarters were located aft to the lower deck, providing the crew with a larger mess area and three crew cabins including en suite construction and amenities. The upper deck was outfitted with a bar that has an LED top. The entire reconfiguration allows guests to readily access the upper salon and enjoy the on board audiovisual entertainment center. In addition, the exterior Portuguese deck was doubled in size to offer an expanded area for guests to sunbath and visit. Clarity carries a crew of eight.
Clarity was recently listed for sale at an asking price of $17,900,000.
Elada- Bilgin 147 was launched in 2014. It is a 45-meter semi-displacement superyacht. It was designed by prominent H2 Yacht design with a distinctive profile provided by her reversed bow. The vessel was built with no limit on expense. It is a plumb-bowed vessel, with a full beam, bridge-deck master stateroom and private deck outdoors, a VIP cabin, four guest cabins, and six additional deluxe cabins. The yacht replaced a smaller Bilgin vessel to provide the owner with more of the technology, style, comfort and performance desired.
The lounge area is spacious and includes a Jacuzzi in its foredeck location. The ship’s power comes from two Caterpillar C 32 engines with 1915 hp, providing an expected speed of 22 knots at the top and 17 knots while cruising. It has a fuel capacity of 6.900 gallons, US and a range of 2900 nm when traveling at 11.5 kn at 1200 rpm. It will carry a crew of 10 and 12 guests plus 2.
A Bilgin 147 was recently offered for sale at the asking price of $18,500,000 US.
In 2011, Tatiana, the Bilgin 145, 45 meter superyacht launched from the Bilgin Shipyard in Turkey. She was designed by the well-known Joachim Kinder, superyacht design from Munich, Germany. She was the first of three superyachts planned for launch from the Bilgin Shipyard that year. The previous year, Bilgin had launched four 33 to 38 meter superyachts.
With an expected top speed of approximately 20 knots, and cruising speed around 16 knots, Tatiana is powered by two, 2,735hp MTU 4000 series, combining open yacht styling with displacement yacht cruising comfort and volume. Tatiana was presented at the Antibes Yacht Show, for public viewing. She occupied Berth C6 on the Quai Des Milliardaire for this major Mediterranean brokerage show.
In May, 2012, Tatiana was voted a Finalist, honored by the world Superyacht Awards event at the Ciragan Palace Kempinksi in Istanbul. Tatiana is considered to be a flagship for Bilgin. Designed to be spacious and sleek, the yacht has 6 cabins, a cinema room, two pools, large windows for light and viewing. The interior features luxurious Bordeaux leather in red and beige, light oak and other woods, onyx and granite accents.
- Launch year – 2011
- Beam – 8.50m
- Draught – 1.80m
- Fuel capacity – 8.900 gallons, US
- Length – 44.88m
- Speed – 16 knots cruising
- Water Capacity – 2.150 gallons, US
- Guests – 12 plus 2
- Crew - 10
Tatiana’s Rooms and Amenities:
- 1 master cabin with king size bed, with full bathroom and bathtub, safe, closet, salon, TV, Hi-Fi and AC
- 1 VIP cabin with King size bed, with full bathroom and bathtub, closet, safe, TV, Hi-Fi, desk and AC
- 4 Double cabins with queen size beds and full bathrooms, closet, desk, TV, Hi-Fi and AC
- Saloon with the latest audio - video system, home cinema, Screening room, WIFI
- All cabins with DVD
- Full-equipped kitchen
- Exterior full bar
- Interior full bar on main saloon
- Interior dining table on main salon
- Aft deck, Upper deck, Sun deck dining tables
- Sun bed areas on sun deck, upper deck and front
- Swimming platform, Jacuzzi on upper deck, and pool on sun deck
- Intercom telephone system and Exterior Hi-Fi
- Zero-speed stabilizers
- 2 X Jet-ski 110 HP
- Tender Zodiac Deluxe 5.30m de 115 HP
Written by Garrett Parker
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