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Remembering Hayati Khami…

After the tragic news of the death of Proteksan co-founder Hayati Khami, we look at the successes of a relatively new shipyard in an emerging market, how Proteksan has achieved what it has and what the future holds for both the yard and Turkish superyacht building.

Established in 1997 with the merger of the two experienced shipyards – “Proteksan Turquoise” has become one of Turkey’s leading builder of LUXURY YACHTS and is ranked amongst the top shipyards in the world.

Known for its quality building, modern facilities, skilled craftsmanship, sensible pricing and unique styling, the journey started off with the 50m “Turquoise” (now called Double Trouble), the shipyards first luxury yacht designed by Dubois Naval Architects and Donald Starkey.

Today, the shipyard has an impressive fleet of mega yachts to their name including the new 55.4m Turquoise. Built 17 years after the original, she has a tender free lazarette so as to accommodate diving equipment and a heated dry suit cabinet. Her exterior by Ed Dubois and interior by Hok Design offers guest a contemporary and elegant interior. She is available for charter and for sale.

Their versatility for building different styles of mega yachts makes them market leaders. From 60/70m mega yachts – like the incredible 70m Talisman C which was delivered in 2011 and is complete with expansive exterior areas on many levels, including her 25 square meter swim platform at stern and observation platform located above the sun deck providing incredible vistas while cruising.

To expedition style yachts – such as the 53.7m Chayka (previously Leo Fun) which has an asymmetrical main deck design (there is only one side deck to the port side) which means extra volume for a large main salon. Her innovative design layout means that she has 30% more volume.

To the more classic lines of the “new classics” such as the graceful Vajoliroja (available for charter) which boats a “steamship-style” exterior design reminiscent of an age gone by.

Hailing from Istanbul, Proteksan Turquoise has consistently delivered incredible quality oceangoing mega yachts and many award winning yachts are now sailing the seas having started their journey at the Turkish shipyard. The 58.2m Baraka (available for sale) was a finalist for the Boat International World Superyacht Awards in 2011 and 53m Vinydrea (now called Kinta and available for charter) won the “Best Innovation” prize for yachts above 50 meters at the World Yachts Awards in 2009.

Turkish shipyards are quickly gaining ground with new state of the art facilities offering competitive pricing. Biligin shipyard is one of these shipyards, having recently delivered the 40m, inverted bow, H2 designed yacht named “M”.

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