Turkish boutique yacht designer and builder Mazu Yachts has announced the construction of its first steel-built model, the semi-custom 92 DS.
The news reflects a new direction for the brand who has developed an international following for their fast-planing dayboats built from a lightweight carbon composite.
With the first hull having its steel keel already laid, Mazu Yachts has stated in a press release that this experience in working with carbon composite for the superstructure will “keep the weight down and the centre of gravity low.”
Powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS 1050s, the 92 DS can reach a top speed of 22 knots as well as a cruising speed of 16 knots. This will also be the first time that an IPS propulsion system has been installed on a steel-hulled yacht – an accomplishment achieved by a collaboration between Volvo Penta and Swedish architecture firm Profjord.
“In my professional opinion, for reasons of safety, comfort and resale value, a displacement hull should be built of steel or aluminium,” said Halit Yukay, Mazu Yachts founder and head designer, on the choice of steel.
“As with our carbon composite models, we wanted to offer the market something new, and if you look at the exterior lines, I think you’ll agree the 92 DS is certainly different!”
Design-wise, the 92 DS features a crossover-style exterior profile, penned by Red Yacht Design. Included in this layout is a raised pilothouse, positioned forward to maximise interior volumes, and a vertical bow to increase the 92 DS’s aesthetic and its waterline length.
Located in the wide body of the main deck is the owner’s suite with a bathroom in the bow. Forward of the yacht are two twin-single guest cabins and a full-beam VIP suite.
Also featured are the main saloon, illuminated by natural light due to full-height windows, and the galley, located in a walkaround section of the yacht alongside an alfresco dining space on the open aft deck, a large swim platform, fly deck, and beach club area divided by glass sliding transom doors.
“Once again, I think we’ve created something amazing that will shake up the marketplace,” added Yukay.
“The interior volumes and full-height windows make you feel like you’re on a yacht that is at least 10 metres longer.”
The first 92 DS is due for delivery to her Turkish owner in mid-2022, signalling the beginning of a new semi-displacement series that will include an additional two models: the 112 DS and 132 DS.