Bilgin launches second 156 superyacht Lilium

The Turkish luxury yacht builder, Bilgin Yachts is pleased to announce the launch of the second hull in the Bilgin 156 model series, the 47.5m Lilium yacht. The yacht hit the water today, during a private ceremony and was the last yacht launched from the shipyard’s former facility in Küçükçekmece of İstanbul.

Motor yacht LILIUM at launch – bow

Lilium will now undergo sea trials before undertaking her maiden journey to the south of France after which she will make her public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

It comes after the yacht, which was built on-spec, was technically launched in April 2016. She follows the first hull in the series, now named Starburst III, which was launched in August 2017.

Bilgin Yachts chief executive İsmail Şengün explained the inspiration behind the yacht’s name.

“The Bilgin 156-II is named after the beautiful white flower Lilium as a sign of our promise to the yacht owners: A sunny and happy day on a deck.”

He added: “It is always exciting to see the end result of our designs. We can’t wait to see how Lilium will affect the ones who see her. She is a proud example of today’s globally recognised Turkish craftsmanship.”

Created in-house, Lilium’s interior decor centres around a “white colour palette with golden touches”. Light colours dominate the living areas, creating a “peaceful brightness” while key materials include brass and marble.

The galley meanwhile includes a kitchen island, while a pantry is located between the galley and living room.

LILIUM superyacht by Bilgin Yachts

Lilium has been built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, while the exterior designed by Unique Yacht Design

Chief executive of Unique Yacht Design, Emrecan Özgün added: “It is always exciting to see the end result of our designs. After the success of Nerissa, we can’t wait to see how Lilium will affect the ones who see her. She is a proud example of today’s globally recognised Turkish craftmanship.”

Lilium is a three-decked, full displacement yacht that can accommodate 10 guests in five cabins, as well as nine crew.

The guest accommodation comprises a master-suite, two double rooms and two twins. Her two diesel MTU 12V2000 engines facilitate a cruising speed of 12 knots and top end of 16 knots.

In addition to the above-mentioned vessels, Bilgin Yachts is currently building two 80-metre superyachts of the Bilgin 263 series, one of which is available for delivery in 2019 while the second hull is scheduled for launch in 2020. As a member of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), the yard is planning on announcing more projects this month.