The promised top speed of 40 knots surely convinced the buyer of hull number one of the Mazu 82 series to sign a contract. But, a few more factors about the carbon-composite megayacht got his attention, too.
For one, the 80’4” (24.5-meter) megayacht is Mazu’s largest model. The Turkish shipyard wanted to enter the megayacht market for a while, so it’s now helping customers make the same transition. It’s further doing so in a stylish, sporty way, by collaborating with Tanju Özelgin, a fellow Turkish national. The designer is responsible for both the styling as well as the interior design.
As for that interior, Özelgin wanted customers to experience a sense of understated elegance. The shipyard agreed. In fact, Mazu Yachts’ founder, Halit Yukay, asserts, “The interior and the exterior should never be defined as two different aspects.” Therefore, the large ports play a big role in not just looks but also the ambiance. A huge skylight, which additionally slides open, does as well. While windshields aren’t often thought of by owners as an ambiance enhancer, the one aboard the Mazu 82 definitely is. It’s about 97 square feet (9 square meters) and acts a lot like a glass ceiling to an atrium, as you can see below. Rounding out the illumination aspects, direct and indirect lighting is more than practical, it’s really atmospheric.
For the Mazu 82’s interior finishes, Özelgin chose warm, subdued tones. Grey-stained, texturized teak paneling combines with metallic finishes for walls, for instance. All the furnishings employ walnut wood and leather. The owner has fully custom carpeting, along with bronzed tempered glass doors. Interestingly, the door hardware appears to be bronze, but it’s actually treated stainless steel. Overall, the designer says, the goal was “to create a space that feels more as if you were in your own house with all the familiarity and comfort that comes with it.”
Sea trials recently wrapped up, confirming the anticipated 40-knot top speed and 35-knot cruising speed. Power for the 19-foot-beam yacht (5.9 meters) comes from a triple 1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS package.
Mazu Yachts mazuyachts.com
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