44m Mengi Yay Project Virtus transferred as construction enters final stages
by Miranda Blazeby
Work has begun to complete the outfitting and interior of the yacht which is set to be launched in mid-2019. At this point, Virtus will become the yard’s second largest motor yacht behind the 45 metre Aquarius.
Sea trials will then take place just outside of the Mengi Yay shipyard in Tuzia, Istanbul.
After sea trials Virtus will remain in Istanbul Technical University’s Tuzla campus while furnishing and interior touches take place before students from the university are treated to an up-close tour to show them how such yachts are made.
When completed, Virtus will boast plentiful deck spaces, including a foredeck seating and sunbathing area. The superyacht sundeck is split between a spa pool and an area for sunloungers back aft, while the sheltered cockpit includes an aft-facing wrap of seating for great views out to sea.
Formerly known as Hull NB96, Virtus features accommodation for up to ten guests split between a master suite and four further cabins. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to eight people.
Power comes from a pair of 1,450hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15 knots. When trimmed back to her cruising speed of 12 knots, Virtus should boast an impressive range thanks to a total fuel capacity of 51,000 litres.