Turkey is one of the most long established country for custom and mass-production yacht building. Yacht builders in Turkey tend to offer optimum point of design, engineering, and production sites due to its cultural and areal location and long established experience stretching to first civilizations. Turkey is surrounded by 3 seas enabling its presence vital for cultural connectivity; Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea.


Famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu once said:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 

The metaphorical quote states that at first glance, distance may look to far but when the first step is taken, another famous quote from French oceanographer, Jacques Yves Cousteau completes the picture:

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

Process so dazzling in terms of engineering, physics and chemistry; innovation that it draws the person in completely.

1. Design

Every process begins with a spark of inspiration. This is usually a collective thought processed in one’s mind based on experiences that is innovative. This spark grows with additional thoughts like a snowball drifting from top of a mountain until finds its true whole to settle. Ideally, this snowball grows so big that it vibrates the mountain and enable other ideas to born and find their places. This is why 18 months process is never constant basing on single idea only, there are many snowballs causing a search for finest and latest advanced methods and materials in design, engineering and production.

The design is pictured in 2D and 3D. Ideas are brought together from all parties participating. Compilation of ideas is offered to the client not to conclude, but to improve upon.

Autocad and Rhinoceros 3D programs are used during the initial step for designing a custom yacht.

The design process can be find from the design spiral below which is what naval architects, marine engineers, and nautical designers fundamentally use to comprehend the picture. Ship design and yacht design differs in terms of the purpose of build as shown below.

Ship Design vs Yacht Design

Although there is fundamental design spiral for both school of thoughts, this is not a law and can be altered by designer’s wish. In recent decades design theorists have tried to model the flow of information.

2 main steps in design:

1. Yacht Profile
2. General Arrangement (GA)
3. Specifications (Speed, Length, Beam, Depth, Draft, Displacement etc.)

The Development of Systematic Design

Early models (Hall, Asimov 1960s) defined:

–the design process (horizontal axis)

–the design morphology (vertical axis)

Engineers concentrated on the morphology

–Pahl and Beitz are influential authors who have produced produced complex and detailed model

–Pugh’s model is widely used in education

–Many other authors have alternative versions

2. Engineering

A precise 3D model is designed to meet and exceed client’s expectations for specification. The engineering team focuses on making the lines plan based on yacht profile, general arrangement and body plan. The lines plan consists of a given number stations, waterlines and diagonals. Maxsurf/Aviva is used to form the 3D hull form for engineering calculations such as resistance (Holtrop Mennen, Savitsky), weight, transverse and longitudinal stability, hydrostatics, and main particulars of the yacht. Engineering confirms that the proposed yacht design can achieve the desired specifications indicated by the client. A comprehensive construction plan is made and proposed to second and third parties including the shipyard. The classification societies confirm that the design and engineering is achievable and according to world class rules. Mengi Yay has been working with Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) classification more than a decade. These classification societies are attached to International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Why do classification societies exist?

3. Production

Making drawings reality is the most challenging and fun part of yacht building.

  1. The keel is laid, frames are installed, plates are welded; the process of building from keel to superstructure of the yacht.
  2. The next stage of installation is hardtop and (if) sailing rigs, rudder.
  3. The machinery should be installed as early as possible to achieve greater efficiency.
  4. Painting and outfitting jobs are performed just before the hardwares (electrical) are installed.
  5. The yacht is launched.
  6. Furniture and finishing parts are the last steps before delivering the yacht. This crucial step offers a great time to perform sea trials of the yacht.


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