Turkish shipyard Numarine has confirmed it has 13 yachts currently under construction at its Istanbul yard, following a record number of sales in 2022.
These projects include the popular 22XP, 26XP and 37XP crossover-style explorer models for which the yard has become known.
The first major milestone of the year for Numarine will be the delivery of its eighth 37XP hull while another five remain in construction.
The shipyard also plans to ramp up production with a new waterside facility where its new flagship, the 45XP, is expected to enter serial production. Having averaged eight deliveries a year for the past two decades, the expansion will also allow Numarine to deliver close to 15 yachts per year and begin building hulls on speculation to shorten delivery times for clients.
News of the expansion follows the strongest sales year for the shipyard since it was established in 2002 with great success in the US. Exports accounted for around 70 per cent of the shipyard's sales with 20 per cent in Turkey, 35 per cent in the US, 25 per cent from other European countries, and the remaining 10 per cent from elsewhere.
Despite the success, the shipyard has no plans to up the size of its offering. “We’ve delivered over 170 yachts to date, so we now have a very credible pedigree with a niche product”, said Numarine founder and chairman Ömer Malaz. “I don’t think there is anything that a 60 or 70 metre yacht can do that a 45 metre cannot. That is why we’re staying under 50 meters for the foreseeable future,” he said.
Instead, the shipyard said it will increasingly focus efforts on sustainable technology and building practices.
Looking ahead to this year, Numarine addressed the industry-wide supply chain issues affecting shipyards around the world, which it hopes to mitigate by ordering critical components with orders placed for engines for yachts scheduled for delivery in 2025. The builder also intends to keep construction in-house to ensure “consistent quality and optimum flexibility.” In addition to the hull and superstructure production using vacuum infusion technology and composite materials such as kevlar and carbon fibre, Numarine has glass, cabinetry, upholstery and metal workshops on site.