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COVER FEATURE. Autumn/Winter 2011

A Turkish Delight Proteksan-Turquoise celebrates a milestone year, with the launch of three exquisite superyachts, including the magnificent Turquoise, who makes her Caribbean debut here in Antigua. All photos by Marc Paris.


roteksan-Turquoise astounded the yachting world, when in 1994 they launched their debut superyacht, Turquoise. This high-profile launch of a 50m yacht with solid design credentials, the pedigree naval architecture of Dubois Naval Architects and an interior from esteemed designer Donald Starkey, helped put Turkey on the yacht-building map and establish Proteksan-Turquoise. 17 years later she still remains a timelessly classic vessel, now sailing under the name, La Naturalle Dee. This year marks a milestone for the Turkish shipyard, with three successful


yacht deliveries in the first three months. First in line was the spectacular launch of Turquoise in January, commissioned by the original owner of the 1994 yacht, making her public debut this summer at the famous Dubois Cup held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Her owner comments, “In 1993 I was introduced to a new build project taking shape in Turkey. When I first saw her in build it was obvious that this was a very stylish and well found yacht. With renowned naval architect Ed Dubois responsible for an easily driven, stable hull form and clean, uncluttered superstructure design, it had great potential. At this time

Donald Starkey had made a big impact on the interior design of many high profile superyachts and added significantly to the quality package with a stunning interior. The added involvement of Don Patton, one of the world’s leading yacht surveyors, removed any lingering concerns I may have had regarding build quality in Turkey and getting the classifications I required. So history was made... Turkey had launched and delivered their very first luxury superyacht and it became my pride and joy. But this was just the start of a story whose latest chapter concluded on January 31st 2011 when the new Turquoise

Luxury Locations. The Magazine. Autumn/Winter 2011  

Luxury Locations. The Magazine is published bi-annually and is distributed to a readership of high net worth individuals throughout Antigua...