Turquoise 66M

by Turquoise Yachts with Azure Naval Architects and Nuvolari & Lenard

Renowned, well-established Turkish shipyard Turquoise Yachts currently has construction work under way at its modern, fully equipped facilities for the creation of numerous fully custom yachts, superyachts and megayachts. Of these, leading roles are undeniably played by both the Turquoise 77M, with a length of 77 metres / 253 feet and construction code NB63, and the Turquoise 47M, with a length of 47 metres / 154 feet and construction code NB60. The latter vessel, whose final design was recently previewed in issue 39 of Yacht Première, should be completed and probably also launched by the end of the year. Also by the end of the year, in a piece of good timing, construction could also begin on the Turquoise 66M, a vessel with a length of 66 metres / 216 feet, which is currently in the final stages of design and engineering. Like the other vessels under construction at Turquoise Yachts, this yacht is also intended to be an all-metal build, with a high-strength steel hull and a light aluminium alloy superstructure. Similarly, as with previous projects, the vessel is the successful result of coordinated cooperation with a wide-ranging international team that brings together the Turkish shipyard and two professional firms with a high profile worldwide. Dutch firm Azure Naval Architects developed the naval architecture and marine engineering, while Italian firm Nuvolari & Lenard created the concept design, overall design, exterior design and interior design. Here it must be specified that for their new project, identified with design code NL233 by the Venice-based design firm, the designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard prepared two different versions notable for two different solutions for the shape of the bow. In addition to the flared bow version, they have also offered a plumb bow version which will almost certainly be the one chosen for the now near-imminent start of the construction work. This is also the version that truly expresses to the fullest the basic design concept which has always been distinctive but has become increasingly apparent with the passage of time in the shapes and lines that make the styling of vessels designed and built by the famous Italian shipyard utterly unmistakable. A typical feature of Nuvolari & Lenard designs is the seamless continuity between the hull and the superstructure, making the yacht look as though it is a single inseparable whole. Carlo Nuvolari explains with complete conviction: “It is impossible to have a nicely proportioned design by separating the hull and the superstructure. Beautiful buildings and automobiles are composed of integrated parts and a yacht should be, too.” All of this has not just been stated, it has been well and truly designed: Turquoise 66M is a sporty vessel, designed with fast, fluid lines that run from her vertical bow all the way to the stern. The designers’ intention was to have balanced volumes with a few select design elements such as the bow, fashion plates and double height side volumes that extend back towards the stern. The result is both powerful and elegant, but most importantly it is a fresh new megayacht design that promises everything and delivers it too. Dan Lenard brings his professional knowledge to bear on this point, explaining: “Recognising the demand for a yacht that incorporates ‘everything’, we are prepared to incorporate elegance, beauty, design, experience, fun, adventure, wellness, safety and security.” Mehmet Karabeyoglu, CEO of Turquoise Yachts, is entirely clear on what matters: “A client for a 60-metre-plus yacht is looking for the same uncompromising amenities as a client looking to purchase an 80-metre-plus yacht.” Dan Lenard agrees, and concludes: “Optimisation is the key word. The layout of the Turquoise 66-metre flawlessly integrates the exterior styling with the interior, optimising spaces and minimising any conflict between functionality and the prime real estate.” By way of confirmation of the designer’s words, the new Turquoise 66M project has a remarkable series of characteristics that undoubtedly give it advantageous positioning on the world market and even make it comparable with yachts in a larger

size class. The Turquoise 66M will have a truly impressive array of exterior and interior spaces intended for socialising. These begin with the large sun deck, which has a panoramic lounge area to aft and a sunbathing area with a bar, Jacuzzi and sun pads forward, while amidships on the deck – a section entirely protected by a hard top with a sculpted outline – there is a living area and an al fresco dining area that can be protected from the wind and weather with glass partitions. All of this is obviously accompanied by a generous external dining area and a welcoming interior living area on the upper deck, while the main deck houses the magnificent main deck salon, with a living area and a dining area. However, there is much more available to the owner and guests in terms of entertainment, wellness and sport. For example, the aft main deck has a huge open air lounge area with a bar section, which even incorporates a fabulous swimming pool over 6 metres / 20 feet long, and on the level below, a fantastic beach club area has been devised next to the swimming platform, with two further side hatches that can be used as sea terraces, incorporating a gym, a hammam, a beauty room and a massage room. The available private accommodation space is also notable, in view of the relative dimensions of the vessel, with the capacity to accommodate up to 14 passengers in one master suite, two VIP staterooms and four guest staterooms, and a total of 18 crew in one captain’s cabin, one engineer’s cabin and eight crew cabins. Nonetheless, one of the absolutely surprising aspects, especially for a motor yacht of this size, is the presence of a spacious garage on the lower aft deck, with two large side hatches that will allow for the storage of a pair of luxury tenders, each with a length of 8.5 metres / 27 feet 11 inches, as well as wave runners with jet skis and other water toys. In addition to the main garage, an additional garage on the upper foredeck will allow for the storage of a crew tender with a length of 6.5 metres / 21 feet 4 inches, and a rescue tender with a length of 4.5 metres / 14 feet 9 inches. The yacht’s numerous noteworthy features include a lift to provide convenient access between all the decks and a touch-and-go helipad for rapid transit back and forth between the coast and the prestigious megayacht.


Jacob Herzog

Turquoise 66M technical specifications

LOA66.00 m / 216’53’’ ft
Beam Overall12,16 m / 39’89’’ ft
Draft3.15 m / 10’33’’ ft
Tonnage1370 GT
Speed16 knots approx.
Guest Accommodation1 full beam owners suite
4 double guests cabins
2 VIP cabins
1 VIP lobby
Crew Accommodation1 Captain Cabin
8 Double Crew Cabins
1 Single Crew Cabins
Tenders & Toys2 Luxury Tenders (8.5 m / 27’8’’ ft)
1 Crew Tender (6.5 m / 21’ ft)
1 Rescue Tender (4,5 m / 14’7’’ ft each)
Jet ski & Wave Runners
Exterior DesignNuvolari& Lenard
Interior DesignNuvolari& Lenard
Naval ArchitectAzure Naval Architects BV
BuilderTurquoise Yachts
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