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Turkish shipyard enters superyacht arena

Turkish based Yonca Shipyard is eyeing the superyacht arena with the founding of a new venture, Mishi Yachts.

The shipyard – known for its composite vessels – was founded in 1986 and has more than 180 ships and boats to its name, many of them built for the defence and law enforcement sector.

The yard’s facilities cover 44,000sqm, with around half of that under cover. The purpose-built construction facilities are capable of producing vessels up to 160ft from stem to stern and displacing 400 tonnes or more deadweight.

As many as 20 naval and 20 leisure yachts can be built in a year.

Yonca is able to build craft in steel, aluminium and wood, with its specialty in the production of high-speed composite vessels, such as fast intervention craft, special operations and patrol boats.

The shipyard employs 180 craftsmen and boatbuilders.

Yonca Shipyard chairman Şakir Ahmet Yılmaztürk, photo credit Pozitif Studio
Yonca Shipyard chairman Şakir Ahmet Yılmaztürk, photo credit Pozitif Studio

“Yonca is exceedingly well-known in defence and as the skilled builder behind other yachting brands,” said chairman and founder Şakir Yılmaztürk.

“But we are branching out in the leisure sector. We are taking the skills and capabilities honed over 36 years and bringing it to super yachting in a new venture we have named Mishi Yachts.”

The yard will initially concentrate in building an 88ft and 102ft luxury sailing yacht.

It has already constructed a stand-alone project for a launched 88ft sailing boat.

“We are as excited by every new project today as we were when we first launched in 1986,” added Şakir. “Our reputation rests on our skill with composite work, as well as our ability to design and engineer complex, demanding projects and deliver them on time and on budget.

“I believe that it is time to bring those skills to a wider market and capture the growth that is our due.”

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