DATE: 4/5/2019

New owners and a new name for 47.5m / 156' Bilgin Yachts, Nerissa, now STARBURST III

STARBURST III, the 47.5m Bilgin Yachts, was delivered to her new owner at the end of March with a private launch party at the palatial, boutique hotel Les Ottomans on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. The yacht was originally delivered in 2017 as the Bilgin Yachts’ flagship for their 156 Series, a testament to the high quality craftsmanship, world-class technology and build expertise available in Turkey. Following a successful tour of the international yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco, the yacht, previously named NERISSA, has been refreshed at Bilgin Yachts in Istanbul to reflect the new Owner’s style including new exterior paint in shark grey with black accents on the aerials and a dark red boot stripe for a sleek and modern look.

Further updates to the yacht include a dedicated gym, new tenders and jet skis, the addition of a dining area on the sundeck, new dining chairs and an overall softening of the interior for a relaxed yet sophisticated and welcoming feel.

The re-naming ceremony took place last week on the sunny Bosphorus, with the yacht docked by the Les Ottomans hotel for the Owners’ friends and family to visit and look on as the champagne bottle smashed across her bow. Following the ceremony, the yacht’s international crew will be provisioning and setting sail to prepare for their first cruise with guests on board and are looking forward to a busy charter season in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the Thompson, Westwood & White Yachts’ (TWW Yachts) charter fleet. “The naming ceremony is the highlight of any build, refit, or, in this case, refresh project. The Owners of STARBURST III have been a pleasure to work with, looking on any challenges presented as opportunities to learn and enjoying the process of perfecting their yacht to be ideal for their own use as well as optimised to successfully charter. We were delighted to work with them throughout the sale and refresh and to join them in Istanbul for a superb naming event.” David Westwood, Managing Partner, TWW Yachts.

STARBURST III, the 1st in the Bilgin 156 series, was marketed for sale by TWW Yachts and sold in collaboration with the sales team at Bilgin Yachts and with the buyer being introduced by Derani Yachts. The 2nd yacht in the series, LILIUM, is ready for launch and available for purchase.

For further information on STARBURST III for charter or her sistership LILIUM for sale, please contact the TWW team.

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