Bilgin Yachts recently announced the successful launch of their explorer yacht, KAŞIF, from the Turkish shipyard’s Antalya facility. The 137.5ft (41.9m) explorer yacht is the first to leave the team’s Antalya facilities with plans already underway for a 170.6ft (52m) yacht and a 196.8ft (60m) yacht to be completed at the new site.
Built upon Bilgin’s 164ft (50m) model, KAŞIF, meaning “explorer” in Turkish, takes the long-term range and capabilities of her predecessors, packaged in a smaller yacht size for those looking for a explorer model just below the 164ft. Sporting the trademark sporty lines, the exterior yacht design and naval architecture was completed by Unique Yacht Design, with yacht interiors by Hot Lab.
Emrecan Özgün of Unique Yacht Design comments, “KAŞIF embodies the true spirit of an explorer. Engineered for exceptional maritime performance, [she] navigates even the harshest conditions with unmatched comfort. The hull, derived from the acclaimed 80-meter series, delivers remarkable efficiency, consuming minimal fuel while achieving impressive speeds. As a precursor to the Bilgin 50 series, it introduces a new segment in yacht manufacturing, a testament to Bilgin’s continuous evolution. This yacht showcases Bilgin Yachts’ signature sporty and aggressive design language, harmonizing form and function seamlessly.”
While Enrico Lumini, interior designer at Hot Lab shares, “M/Y KAŞIF is a mature yacht, well-studied, well-designed and above all the result of a great collaboration that has seen us, the owners and all the management of the shipyard work with great cohesion. From a professional point of view, it has certainly been one of the most fun and stimulating projects that we have had in recent years. The owners, who actively participated in every aspect, brought a unique vision to the table. Our collaboration transcended traditional client-designer relationships, evolving into insightful discussions that shaped every facet of the design. The result is a modern yet timeless aesthetic, seamlessly blending contemporary geometries with elements reflecting the owners’ passions. The design approach extends across decks, each adorned with a distinct yet harmonious style. Pastel hues grace the lower deck cabins, while the main saloon boasts a rich burgundy palette. The upper deck saloon exudes a masculine elegance, showcasing a layout that caters to comfort and relaxation.”
A large owner’s cabin can be found on the main deck, with the remaining three VIP cabins and two twin cabins found on the lower decks. KAŞIF can reach a top speed of 14 knots, and has a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her impressive range is 5,000 nautical miles while cruising at 10 knots.
KAŞIF will be on display for her world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show this September 27 – 30.