By David Robinson

Yet another new Turkish superyacht builder, Sarp Yacht, made an appearance at the Cannes Yachting Festival last week.

Sarp is based in the Antalya Free Zone, where is has a purpose-built 10,000sq m plant allowing it to build yachts up to 70m (230ft) as well as room for refit work.

Sarp is owned by three shareholders: the Eti Group, a major food brands business; Sarp Havacilik Lojistik Turizm Sanayi Ticaret AS, a leading logistics company; and the Kanatli family.

Within the Free Zone, Sarp is the only shipyard to have been awarded ISO:9001 and ISO:14001 based around the integrated quality management system from ABS (American Bureau of Shipping).

“The first yacht we are building is the 46m (151ft) Sarp 46 motoryacht, which will be completed in July next year in time to be at the Cannes show,” Emre Sandan, Sarp’s shipyard manager, told SB. “We are building this on spec and currently trying to find a buyer.”

The yachts were designed by an in-house team, but international designers were brought in for specific projects. The in-house design team includes Mr O Tanju Kalaycioglu, Sarp’s technical coordinator, who previously worked for Proteksan Turquoise and Peri Yachts.

Sarp has a range of five yachts it is promoting to the market including the 46m. The largest is a 58m (190ft), and the other three are a 40.40m (133ft) sailing yacht; a 40m (131ft) classic yacht and the smallest is a 28m (92ft) trawler design.

Kalaycioglu has been involved in the design of all five yachts, although the interior of the 58m was done by Donald Starkey and the interior of the 40m classic yacht was done by Stephen Huish.