Turkish yacht builder Bilgin Yachts, has announced that steel cutting and hull construction has been scheduled for its latest superyacht project, the Bilgin 263.
Recent reports reveal that the shipyard is working on finalising the yacht’s interior arrangement and construction drafts and drawings. Model testing and towing tank testing are due to take place later this month.
At 80m long, the 263 is reported to be Bilgin’s largest superyacht project to date, as well as one of the largest yachts ever built in Turkey. According to specifications listed by Bilgin, the 263 will have two 2575hp engines and be able to reach a speed of up to 18 knots.
The 263 has been designed by Unique Yacht Design, a Turkish-based studio which also designed the exterior of two other Bilgin yachts, which are currently under construction, while the interior of the 263 has been designed by H2 Yacht Design. The studio is also designing three other projects that are currently under construction at the facility.
Founded over 85 years ago, Bilgin is now run by the fifth generation of members of its original founding family. Having made substantial investment over the years, the yacht builder is now able to build up to four superyachts simultaneously.
The 263 will be the third Bilgin superyacht built for a repeat European client and the 75th vessel to be built at Bilgin. Her delivery is said to be expected in 2019, though the exact date is yet to be confirmed.
For more information, visit Bilgin Yachts.