Often, when viewing a yacht for the first time, the meeting will take place at the shipyard, often in industrial surroundings and depending on how north you are, usually in the rain.
To be fair, a draughty shipyard (or even a crowded boat show, for that matter), is not the ideal venue for making a first impression on a multi-million dollar superyacht. And then there’s my first encounter with Turquoise Yacht’s 77 metre M/Y Go.
Imagine strolling from Santa Margherita on the Ligurian coast, along the tight coast road to its rather famous neighbouring town, the picturesque Portofino – a fishing village so beautiful, its charm has been recreated across the globe from Portmeirion in North Wales, to Tokyo Disney Sea in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Along the way, I spot Heesen’s 50 metre Ann G and Benetti’s 63 metre 11-11 anchored off Paraggi Bay, with the 113 metre Kusch-built Le Grande Bleu casting a mighty shadow further out in the Ligurian Sea. It’s a superyacht spotter’s paradise, but the best is yet to come.
Walking the last kilometer along the Strada Provincale 227, the treeline opens and there, anchored off Port Bay is the unmistakable turquoise hull and white superstructure of the largest yacht designed and built by Turkey’s Turquoise Yachts to date, M/Y Go.
Along the way, I spot Heesen’s 50 metre Ann G and Benetti’s 63 metre 11-11 anchored off Paraggi Bay, with Le Grande Bleu further out at sea.
Framed by the green of the trees and floating on a shimmering blue sea with a clear blue sky, the superyacht, styled by H2 Design, was simply picture perfect, as my most popular Instagram post of the year confirmed.
M/Y Go is a technologically advanced and modern evolution of the Turkish shipyard’s much loved 72 metre M/Y Vicky. Built in 2012, the award winning Vicky is the perfect base for Go, with the new superyacht’s perfect proportions and graceful lines bearing a strong family resemblance to her older sister. However, Go’s profile is more intricate, with H2 using swooping arcs on each deck that sweep after majestically.
Go big or go home: Well proportioned and graceful, Go is the largest yacht designed and built by Turquoise to date.
It’s a cleaner look, which is enhanced by the low profile strips of tinted glazing. Furthermore, the additional metres in both length and beam have been put to good use, with the expansive Owner’s deck featuring a forward facing suite that has uninterrupted views over the bow and access to a private outside deck area, complete with a spa pool.
There’s a five metre pool up on the sundeck, too, with a colossal 162 metre squared beach club for those wanting to get closer to the sea.
Further forward is the central tender garage. This can accommodate two luxury tenders, a 10 metre limo tender and a multipurpose tender of up to eight metres. Go is certainly a social yacht, and perfectly equipped for life relaxing at sea.
H2 Yacht Design also took care of Go’s vast interior spaces. Normally, this would be a daunting task for any studio, but not so for the London-based firm, as it has also filled the spaces of the Kleven-built explorer Andromeda (was Ulysses), all 6000 Gross Tonnes of her.
Go’s design, décor, furnishings and details can only be described as world class. The YACHTS team have been on a number of much larger and far more expensive superyachts that simply can’t match Go’s visual coherence.
Every single square foot of this superyacht is finished to a standard that even the most expensive residential residences and 5-star hotels can’t match. There’s accommodation for up to 18 guests, spread over nine luxury cabins, plus the aforementioned Owner’s deck and the guest experience starts in the grand lobby. It’s here that we find one of the most impressive staircases on the water.
Stretching up through three of Go’s decks is a turquoise, blown glass sculpture. Even though there’s a full size lift that goes from the tender garage all the way up to the sundeck, it would almost be rude not to take the stairs, such is the beauty of the Dale Chihuly masterpiece.
The turquoise theme carries on through every area of the yacht, from the bar stools in the beach club to the cushions on the sundeck, with woods, leathers and polished metal adding a supporting role to the overall white theme.
|Turquoise Go Specifications|
|Max. speed:||17 knots approx.|
|Material:||steel hull & aluminium superstructure|
|Class:||Lloyd’s Register, 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6, lMC, UMS|
|Exterior design:||H2 Design|
|Interior design:||H2 Design|
|Main engines:||Caterpillar 3516C, B-rating, 2,575 hp (1920 kw)|
|Generators:||Caterpillar, 4 x 200 ekw C9 dita|
|Helideck:||non-certificated touch & go|
|Shipyard:||Turquoise Yachts, Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey|
Turquoise’s Go is one of the most tenacious superyachts on the water. Every inch of her exterior and interior spaces are so well executed that it would appear that H2 Design has spent countless years perfecting her, when in fact she only took a mere 18 months to complete, as Turquoise started the build on spec.
Resplendent in her turquoise and white tuxedo, Go is immediately recognisable by any yacht enthusiast and is sure to continue to bring delight to everyone who sees her and the lucky few who get to climb the polished stairs of her central staircase.