Bilgin Yachts Launches 80m Yacht LEONA in Turkey


Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts celebrated the launch of the 80m (263ft) yacht LEONA this week. The shipyard reported the successful launch at its outfitting facility in Istanbul, Turkey.

The shipyard released a video of the launch:

LEONA is the second yacht from the Bilgin 263 series, with naval architecture by Antalya-based Unique Yacht Design and an interior design from H2 Yacht Design.  

Exterior Yacht Design of Motor Yacht LEONA 

Emrecan Özgün, CEO and founder of Unique Yacht Design, describes the series as follows: “With the design and comfort elements, the Bilgin 263 is truly one-of-a-kind. We created a very attractive yacht with a sleek and sexy profile while avoiding a high dosage of design clichés. The increase in living areas normally results in bulky designs. The Bilgin 263 has a design attitude that will dominate the yachting sector around the world. This will clearly make her a trendsetter among steel-aluminum superyachts of today.” LEONA boasts a striking red hull that is sure to turn heads wherever she sails – a joint decision from the owner and Özgüno give the yacht a sporty yet elegant look. 

LEONA boasts a striking red hull that is sure to turn heads wherever she sails – a joint decision from the owner and Özgüno give the yacht a sporty yet elegant look.

Interior Yacht Design of Motor Yacht LEONA 

LEONA is the second hull of the 263 series, with a sistership TATIANA delivered in February 2020. Jonny Horsfield of H2 Yacht Design commented, “LEONA is different in many ways to her sistership. Although the general layout is essentially identical and the yachts offer accommodation for up to 10 guests, LEONA has more emphasis on space with cabin numbers being reduced to provide larger accommodation.” LEONA offers two generous VIP cabins on the main deck, with two cabins found on the lower deck. This layout allows for more storage space and an increased size movie theater, a gym and a sauna.  

LEONA offers two generous VIP cabins on the main deck, with two cabins found on the lower deck. 

In a statement to the press, Bilgin Yachts commented:

“We are very happy to announce that the 80-metre Bilgin yacht has been launched at our outfitting facility in Istanbul, Turkey. We had a proud moment as the second unit from the world-renown Bilgin 263 series left her build shed in the first week of November. Bilgin 263-II, named LEONA, comes with exclusive and large spaces.”  

Browse Bilgin Yachts for sale here.  


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