GO Time

With the 253-foot GO, Turquoise Yachts makes magic for an owner in a hurry.

Yachts International - - Contents - By Jill BoBrow

With the 253-foot GO, Turquoise Yachts makes magic for an owner in a hurry.

Turquoise Yachts had barely com­pleted the hull and su­per­struc­ture it was build­ing on spec when a buyer signed the pur­chase con­tract. The client, who was both ex­cited and im­pa­tient to take de­liv­ery, made it clear that he wished to be on the yacht for his birth­day in a year’s time. The Is­tan­bul-based ship­yard revved into gear, work­ing as­sid­u­ously around the clock to fin­ish a week be­fore the client’s birth­day.

“At a cer­tain point, we had 250 work­ers on the yacht at one time, not in­clud­ing those who were work­ing off the yacht,” says Mehmet Karabe­yo­glu, CEO of Turquoise Yachts.

GO is 19 per­cent heav­ier than the ship­yard’s pre­vi­ous flag­ship, ac­cord­ing to Turquoise, with 7 per­cent more girth, thanks to her 43-foot (13.1-me­ter) beam. With an in­te­grated bulb and twisted pro­pel­ler brack­ets, twisted bulbed rud­ders and finely tuned pro­pel­lers, she is also a bit faster, with an es­ti­mated top speed of 18 knots.

Also evolved from the pre­vi­ous flag­ship are Turquoise’s tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. GO’s bridge has an in­te­grated sys­tem and dy­namic po­si­tion­ing with a touch­screen-con­trol in­ter­face, six 26-inch dis­plays, a 46-inch chart screen, ad­di­tional over­head touch dis­plays and a wide screen em­bed­ded in the helm chair— a to­tal of 19 screens through­out the yacht. The wing sta­tions, too, have mul­ti­ple dis­plays and closed-cir­cuit TV mon­i­tors.

De­sign-wise, GO has a bright turquoise hull that is prac­ti­cally an ad­ver­tise­ment for Turquoise Yachts. In­ter­est­ingly, the color was the owner’s choice.

At the Monaco Yacht Show this past Sep­tem­ber, GO earned the Best In­te­rior Award, a nod to H2 Yacht De­sign, which han­dled in­te­rior as well as ex­te­rior de­sign. The firm cre­ated a con­ti­nu­ity and flow that some­times is miss­ing when ex­te­rior styling and in­te­rior de­sign are scripted by two de­sign­ers. The ex­te­rior is a modern clas­sic, and the in­te­rior is con­tem­po­rary and eclec­tic, with hints of art deco and in­tri­cate crafts­man­ship through­out. The owner re­quested 10 tons of mir­ror-pol­ished stain­less steel, weight that re­quired Turquoise to up­date the yacht’s en­gi­neer­ing.

GO has five decks and a cen­tral el­e­va­tor that runs from the beach club to the sun­deck. Flex­i­ble ac­com­mo­da­tions for as many as 16 guests start on the main deck for­ward, with two VIP state­rooms, three dou­bles and two twins. The own­ers’ state­room is one deck up with an al­fresco din­ing nook and a hot tub on the fore­deck, near a touch-and-go he­li­pad. Aft on this deck is an own­ers’ lounge with din­ing for 14 guests at a back­lit onyx ta­ble. Add to that over­head in­frared pan­els for chilly weather, and a bar and tep­pa­nyaki grill for fun.

The own­ers have for­ward-fac­ing, 270-de­gree views

H2 Yacht De­sign’s ex­te­rior styling is both modern and clas­sic, while GO’s turquoise hull is in­tended to en­hance the yacht’s con­nec­tion to the sea. The fore­deck in­cor­po­rates a touch-and-go he­li­pad.

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