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New 40m custom superyacht Aisha begins construction in Turkey

21 July 2022 • Written by Katia Damborsky

A new 40 metre custom superyacht has begun construction at the Anadolu Shipyard in Turkey, a shipbuilding facility close to Istanbul which is best known for its military vessels.

Named Aisha, the all-aluminium superyacht has been conceived by Red Yacht Design and will be built for an involved client with delivery expected in 2024.

The yacht will feature exterior and interior design by Red Yacht Design, with naval architecture also by Red in collaboration with Notilus Engineering, while project management will be overseen by Turkish firm Eureka Yachts.

The design phase took nine months with the owner outlining a brief for “substantial interior volume” without compromising on performance.

To achieve this, Red Yacht Design designed a profile with a raised pilothouse, a wide 9.1 metre beam and an open aft deck with unfolding bulwarks.

Fatih Surekli, the co-founder of Red, describes Aisha as a “sporty-looking” yacht that supports the performance of a 40 metre yacht. “We designed the exterior lines using modern, simple yet sophisticated lines. It was our priority to use wide windows,” he said.

“The yacht has two vast seating areas at the stern and fore deck. With the opening of the side platforms in the aft section, the beach lounge area is transformed into a very spacious and wide pleasure area, while very functional areas that can be converted into beds for both dining and open-air cinema have been created in the front section,” he added.

Accommodation is offered for a maximum of ten guests, with the design team paying close attention to the lifestyle of the owner to make the best use of the interior space. There is a full-beam master cabin on the main deck which is equipped with an office and his and hers bathrooms.

The remaining cabins are found on the lower deck, comprising two doubles and two singles with additional Pullman berths. Eight crew can also be accommodated onboard.

Elsewhere, the yacht plays host to a 60 square metre saloon with a generous lounge, table for breakfast or games and a bar which is connected to the galley.

The layout has been specifically conceived to ensure the owner and family can use the galley to cook, while remaining joined to the principal social area.

Aisha is crowned by a 120 square metre sundeck which boasts a dining table for 12, a fully equipped bar-cum-barbecue and lounge areas. A service lift also runs between the galley and this deck.

At the owner's request, an extended hardtop was designed to keep most of the area in the shade. However there is also a sunning area so that guests can make the most out of their cruising grounds.

Aisha will travel at a maximum speed of 19 knots thanks to twin MAN engines. At an economical cruise speed of 15 knots, the yacht’s range will be 1,500 nautical miles.

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