Exclusive first photos – Tansu Yachts launches 37.9m superyacht So'Mar
by Risa Merl
Turkey's Tansu Yachts has launched its 37.9 metre superyacht So'Mar and shares exclusive first in-water photos with Boat International.
The yacht boasts a striking exterior with strong, militaristic lines. Tansu Yachts, headed by Riza Tansu, was responsible for the yacht's concept, design, exterior styling, interior design, and construction of So'Mar. Diana Yachts contributed with the naval architecture and engineering. This follows a successful collaboration between Tansu and Diana Yacht Design on the 34m Tansu superyacht Only Now. As with Only Now, So'Mar is built in wood composite construction. According to Tansu, the woods used for So'Mar were Iroko, Sapelli and Acajou.
'So'Mar follows our previous work but in a more mature, understated way,' says Riza Tansu in an interview with Boat International. 'We wanted to create a more architectural sense of styling in this boat. The usage of spaces evoke an architectural feeling, the presence of a central column, horizontal grilles, solid parts enveloping each other all add to the experience.'
So'Mar was announced along with the project for a 38m project called Cutlass back in November 2012. Cutlass is scheduled to launch April 2015, and the 39m Tansu yacht Alyssa is due to launch next month.
So'Mar accommodates a total of eight guests, including the owner. The upper deck is dedicated to her owner, with an aft master cabin and spacious exterior deck with ample lounging areas. The owner's suite boasts a his-and-hers bathroom. Crew are accommodated in three cabins and have their own stairway leading to a main deck seating area.
'So'Mar's biggest wow factor is the private owner's deck on the upper aft. In a boat this size it is unprecedented,' says Tansu. 'This was made possible with the raised pilothouse structure, which I believe we have transformed into something else. The owners have a beautiful master cabin with a lovely view and a whole aft upper deck to themselves. We also used the wingstation like extensions for lounging, which also adds to the comfort and a very special place to enjoy life aboard. In the interiors, the owners had many personal choices which produced a slightly different experience than what we have done so far.'