Known throughout construction as Project Lombok, the 785GT superyacht Blue II hit the water for the first time on 12 May at Turquoise's shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.
Restrictions as a result of COVID-19 mean that commissioning will have to take place remotely; however, Turquoise has stated that Blue II remains on target for delivery in early July.
The superyacht's distinctive design comes from the drawing boards of the esteemed André Hoek.
She features an aluminium superstructure and ice-classed hull, making her suitable for traversing high-latitude polar regions.
The motor yacht has a classic look reminiscent of traditional steam ships, with interior design to match. Hoek Naval Architects has collaborated with British design studio Vickers on the interior, and the result is comfortable and warm with contemporary twists.
The yacht is packed with the latest features and modern technology, including a diesel-electric propulsion system.
To maintain her classic profile, her satellite communications dome is integrated into the composite funnel, while the canoe stern conceals an extendable boarding platform with retractable stairs for easy access to the ocean.
Accommodation is provided for up to 12 guests in six cabins. This includes a large owner’s apartment with private office on the main deck, a VIP suite on the main deck and 4 additional guest suites on the lower deck.
Key features include a spacious gym and wellness area with a sauna, steam room, massage room and a Turkish bath.
It is not yet known whether M/Y BLUE II will become available for superyacht charters.