Video: First look at 44m Mengi Yay Project Virtus
by Chris Jefferies
Construction has begun in Turkey on the new motor yacht from Mengi Yay, which has been given the codename Project Virtus.
Developed in collaboration with Ginton Naval Architects, this 43.6 metre aluminium yacht will feature interior design from BTA Design and the VYD studio, which also created the exterior lines. The launch is scheduled for 2019, at which point she will become the yard’s second largest motor yacht, behind the 45 metre Aquarius.
As the video above shows, Project Virtus will boast plentiful deck spaces, including a foredeck seating and sunbathing area. The superyacht sundeck is split between a spa pool and an area for sunloungers back aft, while the sheltered cockpit includes an aft-facing wrap of seating for great views out to sea. Exterior dining spaces on the upper deck aft and sundeck can also be briefly glimpsed in this tantalising clip.
Formerly known as Hull NB96, Project Virtus features accommodation for up to ten guests split between a master suite and four further cabins. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to eight people.
Power comes from a pair of 1,450hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15 knots. When trimmed back to her cruising speed of 12 knots, Project Virtus should boast an impressive range thanks to a total fuel capacity of 51,000 litres.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Turkish yard include the 40 metre Project NB86, which is due to hit the water before the end of the year.