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Dunya Yachts to complete yacht Ulucitcan after 10 years and 3 countries!

Turkish shipyard Dunya Yachts has secured a major contract to finish the construction of the 54.08-metre yacht Ulucitcan for her original Russian owner.

Dunya Yachts to complete yacht Ulucitcan after 10 years and 3 countries!
28 January 2021 - 11:30
The all-steel explorer is due to be completed in 2023 and includes an interior by Winch Design.  
“This is an exciting contract for the shipyard,” says Jeremy Roche,  Dunya’s Sales & Marketing Director. “At more than 1,200 GT she will be one of the largest explorer yachts on the water. We are delighted that the owner has entrusted us to  complete his vessel.”  

Ulucitcan was started 10 years ago as project Chuggaboom, a global explorer with a range of 6,000nm, at Newcastle Marine in Florida. At  the time, Bart Bouwhuis from Vripack described her as “outrageously  spacious and designed for a very experienced yachting family with  the typical no-nonsense attitude we love.”   

However, construction ground to a halt when the US yard ran into financial difficulties and the hull was subsequently transported to Europe, arriving in Genoa in late 2017. Unable to find a suitable yard to finish the build, she was then towed to Hammamet in Tunisia. It was here that the Dunya team first inspected the yacht in August 2019. Roche recalls that the only way to access the five-deck yacht was by rope ladder from a tender and they had to work inside the boarded-up boat by torchlight in temperatures of 40°C.  

“From the outside, she looked in a bit of a mess, but we quickly realised this was superficial,” he says. “Inside, it was obvious that she had been built to a good standard, with premium brands used for all of  the main equipment, much of which had been well preserved.”  

SuperYacht Times went aboard the classically-styled explorer during a visit to Dunya Yachts in early 2020. With a beam of 11.5 metres and spread over five deck levels, the interior volumes are enormous for a 55-metre vessel. The yacht had arrived at the shipyard with her CAT 3516C engines already fitted and part of the beach-club themed interior by Andrew Winch installed. Several containers full of more equipment followed and Roche estimates that she is about one-third complete. The finished yacht will have seven guest cabins, a storeroom and workshop for the owner’s collection of motorbikes, and the open foredeck will house an array of tenders and toys.  


 

Source: superyachttimes.com (Click for further of the article)
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