The name Mengi Yay Yachts may not be familiar, but the Turkish yard traces its roots to 1964. It has built traditional Turkish gulets, plus sailing yachts, trawlers, and power megayachts to 134 feet (41 meters), several in collaboration with Ginton Naval Architects. To attract more global attention, Mengi Yay Yachts commissioned Barracuda Yacht Design to create two sailing yachts. Specifically, the yard wanted concepts that could be constructed swiftly after contract.
Mengi Yay Yachts even specified the LOAs: 101’7” (31 meters) and 131 feet (40 meters). The designs are referred to as the Mengi Yay 31m and Mengi Yay 40m (pictured). Both needed to eschew features that would make them look dated before long. Both further needed to ensure relatively simple construction for both time and budget. In response, Barracuda Yacht Design has specified equal-size guest staterooms aboard the all-aluminum yachts. This still allows a buyer to configure them as twins or doubles, even convertible cabins. The design team also equipped the Mengi Yay 31m and Mengi Yay 40m with variable drafts, deep bulb keels, carbon rigs, and easy-to-manage sail plans (think furling booms).
Some features do distinguish the Mengi Yay 31m from the Mengi Yay 40m. The smaller yacht has three guest staterooms, unusual for her LOA. Mengi Yay wanted the extra stateroom, which Barracuda Yacht Design makes accessible via stairs, because clients requested it. The 24-foot (7.2-meter) beam provides alfresco and interior lounging. To make the master in particular feel more roomy, the sleeping space and vanity of the en suite bath are open to one another.
As for the Mengi Yay 40m, her stand-out feature is an aft owner’s suite. It occupies the full 28-foot (8.65-meter) beam and the space typically reserved for a tender garage. Barracuda Yacht Design graced it with opening doors out to the swim platform. The tender therefore stows beneath the foredeck. The crane to launch it is concealed in the mast. Another nice feature: The engine room has a dedicated, climate-controlled engineer’s office.