Build starts on Turkey's largest superyacht, the 80m Bilgin 263
by Chris Jefferies
Bilgin Yachts has announced that build has begun on its 80 metre superyacht, the Bilgin 263, which will be the largest superyacht built in Turkey. Construction began in March and the custom yacht now has seven of the 25 blocks of its steel hull completed.
Notably, it’s the third order from a repeat client of the Turkish yacht builder. The new order was signed with the owner in October at the family-run builder’s head office in Istanbul.
The exterior design and naval architecture for the Bilgin 263 was created by the Antalya, Turkey based Unique Yacht Design, while the engineering comes from Özgün Yacht Design.
She has a slim, sleek exterior profile with multiple outdoor entertaining areas, such as a huge foredeck lounge with dining area and settees. Another lounge forward of the pilothouse boasts a spa tub, enjoying privacy while at port and views from this lofty perch.
The new 80 metre Bilgin 263 superyacht will be fully LY3 compliant. Construction began in March 2016 and she is set to be delivered in 2019. She is predicted to reach a top speed of 18 knots, courtesy of twin MTU16V 4000 M63R engines, which are due to be delivered in November, prior to the technical launch in March 2017.
The new order is nearly double the size in length of the current Bilgin 48 in build at the yard, which is also designed in collaboration with Unique Yacht Design and Özgün, while interiors come from H2 Yacht Design.
The new 80 metre will supersede the yacht’s current flagship, the 49.9 metre Dusur launched this year.