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Mengi Yay lays keel of first yacht in 52m Nuvolari Lenard series

14 March 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Turkish shipyard Mengi Yay has laid the keel of the first unit in its 52.4-metre series, the NL 50 Plus. The ceremony was held in the shipyard's facilities in Istanbul, with online participation from the Nuvolari Lenard team.

Developed in collaboration with Camper & Nicholsons, the custom superyacht will be built to "an advantageous timeframe" and has a "highly efficient" hull designed by Van Oossanen

The NL 50 Plus features "one of the largest sundecks in her category", made complete with a custom heated spa pool and fire pit. Another highlight is the yacht's stern, designed as a vast beach club area with a drop-down platform that extends the sea terrace over the water. It also features an integrated custom pool.

Accommodation includes a 50-square-metre owner's cabin that incorporates a drawer-style, slide-out terrace. Guest accommodation is across four VIP cabins on the lower deck. 

"The sliding balcony has a couple of modes – when closed, it leaves a little space outside where you can hang out by opening the window door," said naval architect and co-founder Carlo Nuvolari. "It’s perfect to take the air or to enjoy the view of the sea and surroundings day or night. When you slide the balcony out, the rail moves into place automatically which means you can operate it and enjoy it in total privacy." 

Interiors are entirely customisable, though the team at Nuvolari Lenard have multiple décor options prepared for the prospective owner. Other leisure highlights include the foredeck lounge, which doubles as an open-air cinema and storage space for a seven-metre tender and variety of water toys.

"Our experience and the partnership with Mengi Yay and Camper & Nicholsons will be hugely beneficial," added Nuvolari. "We have all the Nuvolari Lenard Plus Capsule engineered and there is an NL 50 Plus in the shipyard, so the building process is underway and it is not just a drawing. Working with Camper & Nicholson's means we can also draw on their experience to make the communication, coordination and control of the projects much easier."

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