BY APB Staff on 26 Mar 2019

The 48m Bilgin M/Y 156-II will undergo sea trials in April before making its debut at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show

Turkey’s Bilgin Yachts is buzzing with activities in the shipyard and excitement for the soon-to-be-launched Bilgin M/Y 156-II, named Lilium.

One of the three yachts currently under development at Bilgin, the 48-metre Lilium will undergo sea trials in the second half of April before heading to the South of France to make her public debut at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. The 80-metre Bilgin 263-I is expected to accompany the yacht in Monaco, as
the shipyard is planning to have two debuts during the show.

Bilgin Yachts Lilium To Launch In April
(Photo: Bilgin Yachts)

İsmail Şengün, CEO of Bilgin Yachts summarises the latest model: “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.”

“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,” says Emrecan Özgün, Founder and CEO of Istanbul-based design office Unique Yacht Design.

Bilgin Yachts Lilium To Launch In April 2
(Photo: Bilgin Yachts)

The interior designer of Bilgin Yachts, İlkay Dovan, says that she wanted to create a peaceful brightness in living areas: “We tried to imagine even the tiniest details through the look of a kaleidoscope. It was a challenging process to create luminous effect while deciding on the proportion of each material.”

Lilium has slight differences to her sister ship Nerissa, which made her debut in 2017 Monaco Yacht Show. Besides having light colors in the living areas, Lilium‘s main difference is certainly her galley. The layout changed in order to make it easy for the crew to move around without coming accross the guests. There is a pantry located between the galley and the living room. The significant feature of the one in the galley is its island. This way, the crew will work more productively, particularly when there is an invitation on the yacht.

Bilgin Yachts Lilium To Launch In April 1
(Photo: Bilgin Yachts)

The interior colour palette mostly includes white and golden touches. Brass helps to create the warm atmosphere as a material. The lighting also enchances the relaxing atmosphere in the interior. The staircase reflects the daylight from the above jacuzzi, while the specially designed Caviar lights
are the result of inspiration from nature.

One owner’s cabin as well as four guest cabins have special design features in the headboards and lighting, while the marble in the bathroom of
each cabin breaks the monochromatism and adds a sense of luxury.

Bilgin Yachts Lilium To Launch In April 3
(Photo: Bilgin Yachts)

Currently, the employees have been working round the clock and have completed the application of the final top coat to its main and lower decks. With teak decks already laid and stainless steel hand rails also installed, the yacht looks almost ready. As the furniture is placed in March, this 48-metre yacht
will embody elegant lines both in interior and exterior areas.

Like her sister ship Nerissa, Lilium will also be powered by twin 1,475hp MTU 12V2000 M72 diesel engines,and is expected to have a top speed of 16 knots and a maximum range in excess of 4,000 nautical miles at her cruising speed of 12 knots.

The 48-metre yacht will be cruising in the French Riviera from the end of July 2019 and will spend the summer there. During summer time and at the 10-15 September 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival (Sept 10-15) and the Monaco Yacht Show (Sept 25-28), visitors can make reservations to see Lilium.

Alongside this 48-metre yacht, Bilgin Yachts has currently built two units of the 80-metre Bilgin 263 series. The first hull of Bilgin 263 will be available for delivery in 2019, while the second hull is planned to be launched in 2020.