Following on the heels the 262-foot/80-meter Tatiana, which made its debut at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show, Istanbul-based Bilgin Yachts did the technical launch of its brand-new superyacht Bilgin 243 (a 74-meter) on January 8th, 2022.
Built on-spec in Yalova, where Bilgin has its steel and aluminum construction facility, the superyacht is now in the Bilgin Yachts facility in West Istanbul Marina for outfitting processes. The yacht will be ready for delivery in 2024. Bilgin’s CEO, İsmail Şengün, expressed his feelings by saying, “The technical launch and design of Bilgin 243 proved a complete success for the whole Bilgin team. We are very happy and proud of starting the year with a big splash.”
The 243-footer/74-meter yacht, designed by Unique Yacht Design, has a similar layout as the 80-meter Bilgin 263. With her five-deck layout on a super-efficient hull form, the yacht will offer alternative living areas on deck. Besides a flybridge and extensive sunbathing areas, there is also a lounge on the upper deck, a living room with a bar section on the bridge deck and another living room with a 16-person dining table on the main deck. The owner has the opportunity for full privacy thanks to the large area devoted to them in the front part of the main deck.
Emrecan Özgün, CEO and the Founder of Unique Yacht Design, describes the superyacht as a very special project to them. He says, “We designed Bilgin 74m focusing on the large, spacious structures that characterize a boat of this size, trying to develop them to perfection, rather than trying to fit ‘a little bit of everything’. The result was a great balance between interior and exterior living spaces, pleasing, large and sporty, but not tiring.”
The 1,607 GT semi-custom yacht offers five to nine cabins according to the yacht owner’s wishes. Currently there are seven cabins, four of which are on the lower deck, two VIPs on the main deck, and an owner’s suite. While all the cabins have large windows for a rich spectrum of daylight, the upper deck dedicated to the yacht owner will have a special terrace with a private jacuzzi. The owner’s deck consists of the owner’s suite, his- and- her bathrooms, dressing room, and a separate office area. Since the layout is flexible, the owner can choose to have additional two cabins or to lessen the number of cabins in order to have larger socializing areas.
“This 74-meter yacht is the exact equivalent of a super yacht for us. She has a sexy, sharp masculine, modern yet clean and timeless, striking exterior appearance. Large windows and portholes allowed us to show the spaciousness of the yacht.” says Özgün. A 50 square-meter beach club, bar and lounge
areas, gym, sauna and tender garage are among the prominent features of the yacht. She will be powered by twin 1,920 kW main engines which will allow the yacht to reach more than 17 knots. Her 44, 645 -gal/169,000-liter fuel capacity will let her cruise more than 5,000 miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.
BRIEF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Hull configuration: Displacement
Hull material: Steel
Structure material: Aluminum
LWL at full load: 64.08m
Beam overall: 13.15m
Draft at full load: 3.55m
Displacement at full load: 1,328t
Gross tonnage: 1,607GT
Main engines: MTU 12V 4000 M65R
Engines power: 2×1,920 kW @ 1,800 RPM
Maximum speed: 17.5
Cruising speed: 12
Range at cruising speed at half load: 5,000+ miles
Exterior Design: Unique Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
Interior Design: to be determined
Builder: Bilgin Yachts