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Bilgin launches second 156 superyacht Lilium

The second hull in Bilgin Yachts' 156 series named Lilium has been launched.

The launch of the 48 metre yacht was celebrated with a private ceremony on May 15 at the yard's Kucukcekmece facility in Istanbul.

Lilium will now undergo sea trials before undertaking her maiden journey to the south of France after which she will make her public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

It comes after the yacht, which was built on-spec, was technically launched in April 2016. She follows the first hull in the series, now named Starburst III, which was launched in August 2017.

Bilgin Yachts chief executive İsmail Şengün explained the inspiration behind the yacht's name.

"The Bilgin 156-II is named after the beautiful white flower Lilium as a sign of our promise to the yacht owners: A sunny and happy day on a deck."

He added: "It is always exciting to see the end result of our designs. We can't wait to see how Lilium will affect the ones who see her. She is a proud example of today's globally recognised Turkish craftsmanship."

Created in-house, Lilium's interior decor centres around a "white colour palette with golden touches". Light colours dominate the living areas, creating a "peaceful brightness" while key materials include brass and marble.

The galley meanwhile includes a kitchen island, while a pantry is located between the galley and living room.

Lilium has been built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, while the exterior designed by Unique Yacht Design

Chief executive of Unique Yacht Design, Emrecan Özgün added: “It is always exciting to see the end result of our designs. After the success of Nerissa, we can't wait to see how Lilium will affect the ones who see her. She is a proud example of today's globally recognised Turkish craftmanship."

Lilium is a three-decked, full displacement yacht that can accommodate 10 guests in five cabins, as well as nine crew.

The guest accommodation comprises a master-suite, two double rooms and two twins. Her two diesel MTU 12V2000 engines facilitate a cruising speed of 12 knots and top end of 16 knots.

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