Custom feel

The Yildiz Shipyard in Istanbul has delivered the 43-metre M/Y Sunrise to her experienced owner.

06 August 2020


Late last year, the Instabul-based Yildiz Shipyard delivered the 43-metre M/Y Sunrise, featuring exterior lines by Ginton Naval Architects and a custom interior by Hot Lab studio.

The owner began cruising the Turkish coastline on traditional wooden gullets and motorboats before deciding to rent a shipyard in Istanbul to build two yachts of 23 and 26 metres respectively, designed by Aldo Cichero. His third new build was a 34-metre yacht that he owned for thirteen years.

“Yachting has been my hobby for thirty years,” says the owner. “I chose Yildiz to build my fourth yacht because of the high quality of the work they do, and I met Hot Lab at the yard.

“I’m accustomed to working with Italian designers and found the young, friendly, client-oriented team very easy to work with. They did a great job and worked very hard with me and my wife.”

The Milan-based Hot Lab recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and has earned many international awards over the years.


“I had the pleasure of meeting the passionate owner and his wife in Istanbul in the summer of 2017, and in less than an hour, we agreed on all the design and contract principles,” says Antonio Romano, Hot Lab co-founder.

“He has owned three previous yachts and was looking for a family-oriented motor yacht for personal use. Thanks to his previous experience, he was able to provide us with a detailed brief, which was a great help both for us and the shipyard.”

Abundant walnut, Macassar ebony and honey Afzelia woodwork with checkerboard panels have been seamlessly combined with detailing in chrome, nacre and woven leather.

The freestanding furniture is a mix of bespoke designs by Hot Lab, such as the main dining table and coffee tables, and pieces supplied by top Italian brands like Giorgetti and Minotti.

The bathroom accessories are by Dornbracht and the deck furniture by Glyn Peter Machin.

Enrico Lumini, Hot Lab’s head designer, says: “Sunrise is a beautiful yacht for a wonderful family.”

“The interior style reflects the culture, tastes and status of her cultured owners. The requested style is soberly classic with contemporary details that reflect the exterior lines and satisfy three generations of family members.”

The layout is unusual in that in addition to the four lower deck guest suites (two twins and two doubles), the master stateroom overlooks the open aft deck on the upper deck.

The forward main deck houses a large galley and pantry on the port side, as well as the captain’s cabin to starboard directly below the wheelhouse. The yacht accommodates twelve guests in total and nine crew.

Also unusual on a yacht of this size is the lift serving all three decks. There are full dining facilities inside and outside on the main deck, as well as under the hardtop on the sundeck and a spacious seating area in front of the wheelhouse.

The tenders and toys are stored explorer-style on the open foredeck, leaving room for a beach club in the stern. It goes without saying that the crew and guest circulation on board are separated.

Burak Akgül, Chief Executive Officer of the Yildiz Shipyard, notes: “The level of attention the owner dedicated to the project was quite extraordinary.”

“As always, the interiors commanded a substantial proportion of his attention and Hot Lab’s ability to render his family’s vision – and then ensure execution of every last detail with an unwavering positive attitude – was exemplary.

“From our perspective as the shipyard, their technical support and coordination was absolutely first-rate. The end result is a happy owner!”



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