Bee Yacht currently under construction at ART Shipyard, for sale with Ocean Independence

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On board ART Shipyard's first 35m explorer yacht

6 June 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine for Ocean Independence

ART Shipyard may be a new name in the luxury yachting industry, but its legacy in building quality vessels is well-established. With a long history in constructing commercial ships from the keel up, the Turkish boat builder has successfully transitioned into the refit sector, emerging as the largest commercial refit yard in Europe and the eighth globally.

Leveraging its extensive facilities and expertise, ART Shipyard is now making waves with its first fully fledged explorer yacht, the 35-metre Bee Yacht scheduled for delivery in late summer 2024. Collaborating with Italian naval architect Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec and interior designer Michele Dragoni of Dragoni Design Lab, ART Shipyard has combined Turkish craftsmanship with Italian design flair. BOAT takes a closer look…

Turkish craftsmanship and Italian design

Bee Yacht's design integrates "luxurious styling" with "robust engineering principles", showcasing the blend of Italian flair and Turkish craftsmanship. Dragoni, with over 16 years of experience, breathed life into the interior design. "She is trendy, modern, comfortable and open to the landscape,” he says. “The overall feeling of the interior is characterised by very clear, light and elegant materials, from the light brushed oak wooden floor to the white lacquered ceiling.”

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The main saloon offers ample seating and a spacious dining area, with sliding doors that ensure an easy transition to the aft deck. Low bulwarks optimise panoramic sea views, enhancing the sense of openness. The aft deck features a Jacuzzi and steps leading down to a large, fixed swim platform, providing an ideal space for relaxation and easy access to the water. For watersports enthusiasts, a tender can be stowed on the upper deck aft, and toys can be stored in the spacious lazarette, which can be accessed directly from the aft platform.

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The owner's stateroom, located on the main deck, stretches the full 7.7-metre beam and boasts 2.1 metres of headroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a visually expansive space. The interior colour scheme is complemented by brushed steel details and accents of blue, offering a tranquil ambience. Four guest staterooms on the lower deck incorporate dove grey leather headboards and neutral leather accents, each with an en suite bathroom.

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The upper deck and sundeck are designed for guest entertainment and relaxation, equipped with amenities such as a large dining table, lounge area, fully equipped bar and seating arrangements under awnings and a large hardtop. The owner has the option to customise most of the loose furniture and soft fabrics to their preferences.

Robust engineering and long-range efficiency

With exterior design and naval architecture led by Cutolo, Bee Yacht features a strong engineering foundation with a sturdy steel hull, aluminium superstructure, stainless steel anchor chain pockets and solid teak decks. Designed for the demands of long-range cruising, the yacht boasts a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.

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This endurance is facilitated by the efficient, full displacement round bilge hull configuration and the high, “bulbous” bow, which enhances waterline length while keeping the yacht under 300GT. The functional and spacious engine room further ensures the vessel's efficiency and economy, making it both cost-effective to run and comfortable to operate, whether underway or at anchor. Zero-speed stabilisers and the high bow provide maximum protection in adverse sea conditions, enhancing stability and comfort.

With a draught of 2.3 metres, Bee Yacht can easily enter most ports and marinas and she is compliant with MCA and RINA Commercial Class standards. These features collectively give Bee Yacht significant potential on the charter market.

Bee Yacht presents an exciting opportunity to purchase a new vessel with a short delivery time. For more information, contact the sales consultants Jeremy Comport and Jack Gradus at Ocean Independence.

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