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Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - M/Y Jasmin The Scent of Pure Excellence

M/Y JASMIN, with her dark blue hulk, flared bow, white superstructure, and her flawless fully-faired finish, is such a vessel

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Of how many vessels in the world, when first you see them, can you truly say that you were awestruck? Quietly, but conclusively. Awestruck.

M/Y JASMIN, with her dark blue hulk, flared bow, white superstructure, and her flawless fully-faired finish, is such a vessel. Berthed conveniently at Atakoy Marina, just 15 minutes’ drive from Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport. When I boarded her, the JASMIN is the only yacht I have ever yearned immediately to circle over in a helicopter to enjoy an aerial view before going on board. From the very first moment, it is crystal-clear that you are entering not just “another superyacht,” but an incredibly unusual, one-off, memorable creation. And for some reason my first instinct was to want to see her from above, from the aft, from every conceivable angle, because her expedition-style lines are quite simply breathtaking. Hopefully the adjoining photo (facing page) will allow you to share the “helicopter perspective” that I wasn’t able to!

Entering a World of Unsurpassed Comfort
Within moments of entering the main saloon from the aft deck, you become aware that this is no ordinary vessel. Above and beyond the exquisite saloon, about which more momentarily, the JASMIN’s full-beam master stateroom is also located on the main deck, making the transition from main saloon to master stateroom a journey of just a few seconds. This is the kind of shamelessly convenient luxury that the majority of 5-star hotels cannot surpass.
Before returning to the main saloon, since that’s the tasteful crucible in which one’s first impressions of JASMIN as an exquisitely designed charter vessel are formed, let me recap a little of the background to this remarkable yacht, since the same fierce passion for excellence evident in the chunky, long-range exterior and the elegant, finely crafted interior was evident right from the project’s inception.
To know “The JASMIN Story” – her pedigree, if you like – is to want to connect with it, savor it, and ultimately want to charter it. Because it isn’t often one gets the opportunity to charter an unadulterated Dream Machine.
I was fortunate enough to learn the background story first-hand, from JASMIN’s operations manager, Sansal Ilgün – WHO studied as an engineer in Istanbul, with an overwhelming interest in naval architecture which led to the editorship of a yachting magazine before he became the point man in Turkey for RINA (Registro Italiano Navale), the standards and inspection organization.

Meantime the soon-to-be owner of JASMIN, Mr. Murat Vargi, telecoms entrepreneur, had decided to build a superyacht. On visiting in Holland the design office of renowned Dutch naval architect and marine engineer Dick Boon, a veteran in the business, Mr. Vargi at once saw that this was whom he wanted to design an expedition-style boat for him. He also knew that what he wanted was not a 50 meter vessel but a 35 meter version – it ultimately ended up a 37 meter version (that’s to say a 120 footer), in order to accommodate certain design elements.

But what Vargi needed too was someone to run the project, to supervise the whole thing from soup to nuts. Not just its construction at the RMK Marine Shipyard in Istanbul, but also the budget of the overall project, including the all-important timetable so that the vessel could leave the shipyard and make its debut in May 2003, as the 15th International Yacht Charter Meeting in Genoa, Italy.

A 6-month planning phase was followed by 24 months of actual building. With his engineering and naval-architecture background, and his managerial flair, Sansal Ilgün was perfect for the role. The construction ran completely to schedule, and M/Y JASMIN was indeed first presented at the IYCM in Genoa, right on time.

Since 2003, JASMIN has already seen two full years of service, in 2003 and 2004. As the 2005 season opened, the prospects looked very good, particularly with the mounting interest that the world is now showing in the Turkish coast, with its wide range of coastal town and harbors.

Joint Venture in Excellence
Back to that main saloon. If the fons et origo of the overall project to commission JASMIN back in 2001 was Murat Vargi, the interior that makes her what she is in 2005 was created by Eva Cadio and Rima Abi Chahine of the Istanbul design company AC.T Studio, working closely with Birgül Vargi. It was this team that came up with the formula that makes JASMIN so mouth-wateringly gorgeous to be aboard, with its rich dark woods – predominantly African mahogany, beautifully glossed – and pale fabrics.

Just as Swarovski cut-crystal light sources dot the deckhead, so the collective genius of this design team shines discreetly through wherever on JASMIN you look – and I mean absolutely wherever. Nowhere is it more in evidence, for example, than in the bridge. As befits the rugged ocean-going nature of JASMIN, this is not a bridge just for glancing at; it is a bridge for sitting down and partaking of and in! While Captain Tansel Mýsýrcý, who previously served 10 years in the merchant navy as Master, takes care of navigating the ocean passage of your choice, you can ensconce yourself at the polished mahogany table with its comfortable all-round bench seat and follow the action. For safety and operational reasons the state-of-the-art bridge has an unsurpassed 360-degree view, and anyone sitting at the table can enjoy it too.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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