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First look: Mengi-Yay's 48m flagship La Vie

20 July 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Turkish shipyard Mengi-Yay has provided a closer look at its 47.8 metre flagship motor yacht La Vie. First launched in April this year, she marks the first hull in the yard’s new Virtus 47 line and eclipses her recently launched sistership, Balmy, by half a metre in length.

La Vie is characterised by a huge beach club and swim platform
All photos: Mengi Yay

La Vie's exterior has been designed by VYD Studio, while interiors come from Italian designer Leonardo Santi Design and naval architecture is by Ginton Naval Architects. 

One of the yacht's key features is a generous beach club which features unfolding sea terraces and a hydraulic set of steps that provides easy access to the water. A lounge area on the interior creates a shaded zone while maintaining a connection to the water. 

Elsewhere, the main saloon and owner's cabin also feature unfolding balconies as standard, but prospective owners looking to buy a Virtus 47 can remove this feature at their request.

Opportunities for al fresco living can be found across the yacht, including a sunpad spread and shaded dining on the main deck aft and a convivial seating arrangement on the upper deck above.  The foredeck also makes use of the available space, with optional umbrellas that make this space well-suited to all-day enjoyment. 

There are plenty of opportunities for alfresco living

There is plenty of scope for customisation on offer with this model, including the option of a transverse or longitudinal tender garage, different pool and jacuzzi configurations and even the positioning of the superstructure.

Owners can also choose their interior designer. To this end, Red Yacht Design is developing the interiors on the two other Virtus 47 hulls under construction: the NB100 and the NB102.

 Built in steel and aluminium, the 498 GT superyacht offers accommodation for up to 10 guests across five staterooms, and seven crew accommodated in four cabins. 

Performance-wise, La Vie can reach speeds of up to 14.5 knots, which can be trimmed down to 12 knots, and draws power from twin CAT engines. 

La Vie joins three Virtus 47 models set to launch this year

Alongside La Vie, the yard has been busy with several other projects including two other Virtus 47M models. 

The Turkish yard has also got a new model in the works: the Atlante Mistral 41. The semi-custom series comprises six superyachts, with the first hull set to launch next year and the second hull available for sale

The yacht hit the water as NB101 in April

Balmy, the second hull in the Virtus 47M series hit the water in June

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