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Bodrum-based superyach builder Esenyacht has appointed Mannerfelt Design Team (MDT) of Sweden to develop a 50‐metre composite motoryacht. More details on the design and build programme will be released at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

This project marks Esenyacht entry to the 50-metre plus motoryacht category. Since it opened in 2011, the yard has launched a 36m sailing ketch Glorious and has the 47m sloop Troy scheduled for launch in early 2015.

The objective is to take a fresh approach to the design of motoryachts in this size bracket, in terms of styling, efficiency and the use of internal spaces.

The decision to work with MDT came after consultation with other contacts in the industry. The Swedish design studio was selected due to its breath of experience that includes the design of many prize‐winning powerboats and the fresh ideas that Ted Mannerfelt brings from his years spent in the design team at Jaguar cars. “The result will be exciting contemporary styling and an approach that balances luxury with performance,” reads a statement.

Esenyacht’s modern composite facility is fully equipped to undertake the construction, while its craftsmen will ensure that the interiors are fitted out to the highest standards using the finest materials. Design features will include an efficient hull form, advanced propulsion and a lightweight interior.

“This is the logical next step for Esenyacht,” says general manager Deniz Can. “We developed our first‐ class composite facility in recognition of the fact that lightweight, low emission yachts are the future of luxury yachting. At Esenyacht our goal is to build such yachts that also combine modern, contemporary styling with bespoke craftsmanship.”

Ted Mannerfelt, CEO and design director at MDT, comments: “We are very excited about this cooperation. The design will be characterised by large windows and big, open spaces. The exterior styling will reflect advanced technology with a sleek, low, efficient profile inspired by my time as a car designer for Jaguar cars.”

The use of carbon fibre as the main material will result in a light, strong and extremely fuel‐efficient yacht. MTD founder and design engineering director Ocke Mannerfelt explains: “This combination of light, carbon‐based build technology and environmentally conscious thinking is the way forward for yachting.”

Kadir Esen, founder of Esenyacht, summarises the project by saying: “To visualise the future one must look up from the everyday and walk boldly towards the horizon.”