Turquoise Yachts hosted an informative “Turquoise Weekend” broker/designer event at its Kocaeli and Pendik yards in Istanbul for 65 guests.
The first day of the agenda focused on visiting Turquoise’s sites with the aim to showcase the revitalization of the shipyard.
The Kocaeli yard had a 165-meter shed extension and in that shed the guests toured the 77m H2-designed motoryacht in build and the first stages of 73m Barracuda hull also designed by H2 Design.
Next up was a visit to the Pendik yard. The group was introduced to the brand new floating dock and the new 47-meter under construction. On the second day the guests was taken to a tour of the Bosphorous on a private boat.
Five designerers including Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, Andrew Winch, Jonny Horsfield, and Philippe Briand, were on hand to discuss their respective projects with Turquoise.
“We were proud to have been invited to present our designs for Turquoise Yachts at their excellent shipyard and facility and to partake of their event for the leading yachting brokers,” says Andrew Winch of Winch Designs. Building yachts ought to be fun and Istanbul and Turquoise Yachts showed us all how much they want to build tomorrow’s yachts.”
Brokers from Burgess, Fraser Yachts, Yacht Zoo, Moran Yacht and Ship, Northrop and Johnson, Edmiston, Merle Wood, Ocean Independence, Cecil Wright, Y.CO, Camper & Nicholsons, Maria Yachting, Verpeka Dolling, Denison Yachts and the YPI group were also among the guests.
“The Turquoise presentation was a true very high level professional gathering. Rarely do we have the opportunity to exchange ideas amongst architects and designers together with the top brokers of the industry,” comments Philippe Briand. “We are very happy to see the new Turquoise take off on such strong basis,” he adds.
“The experience at Turquoise was exceptional. In addition to a well-orchestrated yard visit, we were treated to a cultural tour of Istanbul by day and the best clubs at night,” adds Carlo Nuvolari.
“Moreover, there was no ‘commercial pressure’ that you often feel at these events. It was great for Dan [Lenard] and me to have the opportunity to show some projects we developed for Turquoise and to exchange ideas with other professionals— a rare opportunity,” he concludes.
Turquoise chairman Mohamed Al Barwani and CEO Mehmet Karabeyoglu hosted dinner parties both nights.