Spotted: 48m Bilgin Superyacht Lilium on Maiden Voyage
2019-08-29

The second Bilgin 156, named Lilium, has been spotted making her maiden voyage from Istanbul to the South of France.

The 47.5 metre motor yacht will first stop at the Cannes Yachting Festival between September 10-15, before sailing on to Monaco, where she will debut at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show between September 25-28.

The voyage follows Lilium's launch ceremony, which was celebrated on May 15 at Bilgin's Kucukcekmece shipyard facility in Istanbul. Lilium is the second hull in the 156 series after Starburst III, which was launched in August 2017.

The second Bilgin 156 yacht has begun her maiden voyage from Istanbul.

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.

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."

The Bilgin 156-II is named after the white flower Lilium.

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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