Turkish shipyard Numarine has announced that it currently has 13 yachts under construction in its facility near Istanbul. An impressive feat for any builder, Numarine celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year and became the first yacht builder in the country to be accepted into Turquality, the Turkish government’s brand accreditation and grant support initiative. Only the most efficiently managed businesses are accepted into this program, which requires rigorous vetting by independent auditors.
“2022 marked our 20th anniversary and was the best year we’ve ever had,” says Ömer Malaz, Chairman of Numarine. “And it looks like the next 12 months are just going to mimic it.”
The 13 vessels currently in build are from the shipyard’s Numarine 22XP, 26XP, and 37XP series. In recent years, Numarine has gained popularity for its crossover-style explorer yachts. According to figures released by the shipyard, 20 percent of all sales are within Turkey, with 35 percent in the US and 25 percent to other European countries.
“We’ve delivered over 170 yachts to date, so we now have a very credible pedigree with a niche product”, added Malaz.
Numarine has a 35,000-square-meter production site and has invested heavily in its facilities in recent years, delivering an average of eight boats per year for the past two decades. The brand has recently acquired land to expand its production to accommodate building the steel and aluminum tri-deck 45XP yacht and to increase its capabilities to deliver 12 to 15 yachts per year.
The shipyard has announced that it intends to keep all elements of construction in-house. In addition to the hull and superstructure production using the latest in vacuum infusion technology and composite materials such as Kevlar and carbon fiber, Numarine has glass, cabinetry, upholstery, and metal workshops. The shipyard has also started to build yachts on-spec to shorten delivery times for owners but has no plans to increase the length of its vessels.
“We are about to deliver our eight 37XP with another five in production and, down the line, we hope to have six 45s in production,” says Malaz. “I do not think there is anything that a 60-meter or 70-meter yacht can do that a 45-meter cannot. That is why we are staying under 50 meters for the near future.”
The shipyard is also focusing on sustainability, expanding its range to include the diesel hybrid 30XP due to be delivered in 2024. “If we do not address the problem, we become part of it,” says Malaz. “We are trying to be a leader in sustainability, not a follower.”
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Images courtesy of Numarine. Credit Kerem Sanliman.