Nearly half a century after it first opened its doors, Turkey-based Ağanlar Boatyard is a few weeks away from finishing an extension of its superyacht construction and refit yard.
Expected for completion next month, the renovation will permit Ağanlar, located in Bodrum, to address yachts in the 55-meter (180-foot) range. Considering its most recent refit was that of a 45-meter (148-foot) wooden ketch, this opens up plenty of opportunities. Its physical property will also encompass 34,000 square meters (365,973 square feet) of land dedicated to on-the-hard space. The yard is additionally taking delivery of another TraveLift, its third and reportedly the largest one in the Eastern Med region. It’s a 450-ton-capacity boat handler, for yachts measuring a maximum of 52 meters and with an 11.5-meter beam (171 feet LOA with a 38-foot beam).
Erdem Agan, one of the yard’s owners and the son of founder Erol Agan, says the €5-million investment will allow Ağanlar to better compete with European yards. “We have been building and re-fitting wooden and now aluminum yachts for almost 50 years, so we have a tremendous pool of talented boat builders, designers and engineers here in Bodrum.”
Ağanlar is also currently building a 32-meter (105-foot) aluminium ketch designed by Ron Holland.