Published in: Friday, 07 October 2011
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Proteksan Turquoise - Yogi

The 60-metre Yogi from Proteksan Turquoise combines Asian design flavours, huge windows and large spacious areas to create a resort on the water

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Turkish superyacht builders have been steadily gaining ground in terms of the quality of their builds, and the perception of the quality of their builds. Proteksan Turquoise has emerged as a superyacht builder of significance, with some remarkable launches that have showcased plenty of customisation. Yogi is the biggest launch to date for the builder, and according to the company’s general manager, there will be bigger yachts to come. Proteksan is to launch two more 60-metre yachts this year.

What sets Yogi apart is the purposefulness of it. The word yogi refers to a student of yoga, and Asian design influence is pervasive throughout the yacht. Also pervasive is the feeling that this yacht is meant to be a floating resort/spa, albeit one that has a range of 4000 nautical miles at 14 knots, and is classed for charter.

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Designer Jean Guy Verges, who has worked with Proteksan Turquoise for years, worked extensively on the look and functionality of Yogi. The main idea, according to Verges, was for the yacht to operate like a small resort, offering plenty of leisure equipment, space, as well as a huge pool, two beach clubs, an aft deck “summer island lounge”, heaps of al fresco dining spaces including a Teppanyaki bar, and a room that is both media and play area. There is even a massage/wellness centre of a standard that might be expected at an idyllic resort island in the Indian Ocean. Of course, there also had to be plenty of luxury on top of all this wellness.

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On top of all that, one of the key strictures of the design of Yogi was that it had to accommodate charter parties – even rather large charter parties for short periods of time. Plenty of requirements indeed, but what has emerged from the PT yards is quite astounding.

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TV and media are key components in the design. Apparently, the owner thought that a multimedia experience was an important aspect of being on a yacht after a day on the water. This comes through in numerous places: the sun pads on the upper aft deck can fold up, bringing a TV into view; the Jacuzzi terrace on the top deck has a TV placed nearby.

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Bringing in the outside

According to Verges, one of the most important points was to create “a great connection” between the outside scenery and the interior, with warm and comfortable interior design that gives the feeling of flying over the sea. The resulting design contributes much to the ambience on-board as well as the exterior look of Yogi. Huge, oversized windows run from the lower deck through to the sundeck. This does much more then let in a lot of light – it creates the sensation of being at an open-air resort. From almost any deck, any position, guests and owner will enjoy seaside views. Spectacular glass bulwarks on all the aft decks provide views from the top through to the pool.

All these factors contribute not only to the immense views, but also to the Zen feeling that the owner desires for guests when they get on-board. These views are complemented by natural materials and tones of the interiors.

“The owner involved himself to fulfill these ideas, as he wanted to achieve a yacht that would not be the same as the next one in the harbor,” says Verge. “My personal feeling as a designer reflected his quiet, discreet and elegant personality and way of life.”

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The owner’s predilection with all things Asian came through in the design motifs found throughout the interior. Many of the design details are inspired by Balinese art, mixed with colour schemes of light Earth-tone shades and use of natural materials that creates an very relaxing and cozy feeling throughout the yacht.

Verges points to some interesting design details, such as the stone wall panels with backlighting at the entrance of the main salon aft section, with a motif inspired by Indian flowers and styled to fit the overall surrounding design. There is also the door stone logo, inspired by a Balinese Bas Relief art, and of course ceilings finished in panels made of leather with ornate stitching.

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Yogi’s three-level staircase made of the same finishing on its leather-paneled walls. The marble bathroom has the same stone logo as on the doors, with contrasting marble pieces on the wall and washbasin fronts. As Verges puts it, the yacht was designed to be elegant and ornate, without going over the top.

The interior of Yogi also reflects the owner’s obsession with fabrics, as soft furniture, decorative lamps find sources such as Jim Thompson, the famed purveyor of Asian silks. Much of the furniture was custom-made for the yacht, while specialised art photos were provided by the photographer Michael Chen from New York. Chen’s work focuses primarily on highlighting the sights of Asian nations. Under the assumption that it’s an Apple-connected world, all of Yogi’s entertainment systems can be connected with either iPhone or iPads, or music requests can be made of the yacht’s centralized library of music and movies.

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Laying out the relaxation mat

Yogi’s layout was designed for simplicity and to take the harshness out of day-to-day life. There are no sharp edges or corners; everything is rounded. Instead of building a yacht with numerous cabins and discrete entertainment areas, Yogi aims for large, open areas where guests can mingle together, or find space for some privacy. Consider this: the main saloon is more than 100 square metres (about the size of half a tennis court); the dining and lounge area is about 60 square metres, the owner’s suite is 75 square metres; and guest suites come in at 30 square metres. A media/play lounge comes in 50 square metres.

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Aside from the large volumes given to the interiors, the aft deck areas are enormous. Each of the four decks offers plenty of space for big crowds to gather.

The exterior design provides something of a contrast with smooth, flowing style of the interior. Sharp edges and straight lines dominate, with inspiration drawn from contemporary architecture that recalls a modern seaside villa. The large windows are matched to the mix of white lacquered superstructure, with natural glass window shades. Polished stainless steel railings and glass aft bulwarks giving a very aerial appearance to the boat, which is enhanced by large overhangs on the aft deck roofs.

The sun deck provides an unusual setting, thanks to the large media/play lounge that has been established at the centre of the deck. The area is effectively a glass room, with the oversized windows again creating the sensation of floating over the sea. Circular sliding doors open onto the aft deck, creating a sense of harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces. A set of curved sofas follows the curved line of the aft deck interior, which opens up more outdoor space when the doors slide open past the sofas.

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In the media/play area there is a head to port, while access to the high-tech entertainment system is to starboard. Forward of the media/play lounge, one comes to one of Yogi’s greatest areas for dining – an alfresco area that’s raised up on a set of steps, giving 180-degree panoramic, commanding views of the scenery. The all-natural teak table can seat up to 14 guests – a large number compared to most superyachts for such a privileged position. Meanwhile, the aft Jacuzzi is built for six and is integrated into the sun pad platform overlooking the sea through a glass bulwark.

On the upper deck, the dining room and lounge features the masterpiece dining table, with its Indian flower motif made of polished stainless steel inserted into the lacquered wood top. Once again, the spectacular view dominates amid a very luxurious and elegant setting. The lounge area on this deck enjoys a five-metre sofa and sets of armchairs designed for total comfort. The aft sun pad on this deck features adjustable back rests and collapsible TV screen for evening outdoor viewing.

The forward area of the upper deck sensibly houses the captain and second officer’s quarters, just behind the wheelhouse. Here, the crew will find a large pantry to make servicing guests, who are likely to spend a lot of time at the top end of the yacht, much easier.

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The main deck, often the most formal deck on a superyacht, has been given over to huge relaxation areas. The principal attraction is the enormous aft pool, which features a glass bottom floor that spreads light into the beach club below. The glass overflow that runs over the aft bulwark adds to the feeling of transparency. A natural teak-finished island set of face-to-face, U-shaped sofas creates a lounge for relaxation that welcome guest onboard, and also creates a great space for elegant evening parties. A set of 12-metre sunpads separates the lounge and the pool area.

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The expansive main saloon is reached by passing stone-walled panels with backlighting, with a motif inspired by India flowers. To port, a first set of sofa and armchairs face an cozy relaxing oversized chaise lounges. Forward in the main saloon, guests can enjoy a home theatre with a jumbo-sized 2.5-metre TV screen that faces a huge four-metre by 1.8-metre custom-made TV sofa. This room enjoys the sunlight from 14 floor-to-ceiling windows.

Further forward is the main lobby with its all-leather paneled wall and amazing window side couch and to portside the entrance to the large pantry that connects directly with the main galley settled with Professional equipment. A powder room is located amidships in the lobby, again featuring the India flower motif wall panels in white lacquer.

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Heading forward on the main deck, one enters the owner and VIP lobby, replete with leather and wood marquetry walls. From here, guests enter VIP suites on the starboard side, with each room enjoying three floor-to-ceiling windows. The decoration continues the Balinese theme, with shades of colour in earthy tones matched to materials such as stone, leather, oak wood, lacquered wood, silk and linen.

Further forward, the hallway leads to the owner’s private area via a private lobby, then a few steps up get you into the full-beam (naturally) master suite. Again, floor to ceiling windows dominate, with separate areas for relaxation. The king-sized bed is centrally-aligned and faces forward to walk-in wardrobes. A large, circular skylight lets more light into the cabin. Two full-sized bathrooms complete the owner’s area, and with a wellness bathtub and a TV located behind a decorative mirror. Stone wall finishes are adorned with motifs.

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Guest areas on the lower decks offer four suites (three doubles and one twin) with private bathrooms. All of these cabins mix natural materials in light shades, and feature oversized hull portholes, lighting up cabins that on other yachts would be much darker and offer less view.  Two of the suite can be converted in a very large suite through sliding wall panels, which opens up more charter options.

At the transom, the beach club has a bar, massage room and wellness centre, all of which are paneled in teak to create a seaside, bungalow-cabana feeling. It is here that guests can look up and see the glass panel at the main pool bottom, which creates an interesting lighting effect.

Yogi is powered by twin 1911-horsepower Caterpillar engines that give a stately cruising speed of 13 knots. From the aft beach club areas, guests can enjoy a very high powered 11-metre Donzi tender, with three, 300-horsepower engines providing plenty of boost for towing water skiers. There are two Yamaha jet skis and plenty of assorted toys. Once a day on the water is done, guests will have plenty to calm their nerves and lots of opportunities to relax to favourite movies under the stars. Next morning, enjoy a fine bit of stretching and massage before starting the fun all over.

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Technical Specifications – Yogi


Builder: Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc

Exterior Styling: Proteksan Turquoise Yachts and Jean Guy Verges

Interior Styling: Jean Guy Verges

Naval Architect: Proteksan Turquoise Yachts Inc

Classification: ABS, +A1, +AMS, Commercial Yachting Services, (E)

MCA Compliancy: MCA LY2   

Construction: Steel hull and Aluminium superstructure

Overall Length: 60.2 m 

Beam: 9.4 m

Draught: 3.3 m

Displacement: 843 t

Propulsion: Twin diesel engine drive

Main Engines: 2 x CAT 3512B HD 1911 BHP

Generators: 2 x CAT C9 DITA - 175 ekW

Emergency Generator: 1 x CAT C4.4 86 ekW

Stabilizer: 2 x 4 m2 fin Quantum QC-1800

Speed: 16 kts (max) 12 kts cruising

Range: 4000 nm @ 14 knots, 5000 nm @ 12 knots

Fuel Capacity: 100 m3

Fresh Water Capacity: 27.600 lt