From row boats to superyachts
1964 - 1976
The adventure of Mengi Yay Yachts begins
Founder of Mengi Yay Yachts, Ramazan Mengi was born on April 14, 1953, in Kastamonu, Turkey. At the age of just 11, he gets inspired by his fathers working background as a craftsman at various boat building companies and decides to travel to the Ayvansaray district of Istanbul with a desire to pursue his passion and learn the trade that his father had built his life from.
He takes his first steps as an apprentice learning the construction techniques of small rowing and fishing boats. After 12 years of learning and tuition from his elders, Ramazan acquired the necessary skills as a foreman, master, and tradesman, enabling him to open his workshop and enter the world of boat building.
Muzaffer Yay Joins The Company
Muzaffer Yay who was born on February 1, 1963, in Kastamonu. He originally joins the company as a foreman. With Muzaffer coming onboard, the company fills the remaining expertise in craftsmanship and work discipline.
Huseyin Mengi Joins The Company
Hüseyin Mengi, the elder son of Ramazan Mengi, was born on February 28, 1972, in Kastamonu. He takes his first step in his career as an apprentice with his father at the age of 11. Hüseyin Mengi starts to learn the fundamentals of yacht building and familiarise himself through business life at various departments at Mengi Yay.
Production Shifts To Tuzla
With the resolution enforced by the state in 1982, shifting of yachting sector to Tuzla became mandatory.
The workshop of Mengi Yay was relocated to Nuh Industrial Site Cooperative
established in Tuzla by tradesmen.
First 100 Fishing & Rowing Boats
Until 1985, with the reputation of Ramazan Mengi carries from his old workshop, the company
builds the first 100 fishing and rowing up to 20 meters within 7 years.
With the excellence in craftsmanship and originality, the words spread
all over the country and purchase orders for longer boats exponentially increase.
Going Over 20 Meters
Partners started to undertake larger yachts. This sparked a new period in the company's history which ensured
them to begin the construction of gullets, ketches, motorsailor, motor yachts and trawlers over 20 meters.
The Longest Gullet At The Time
Mengi Yay Yachts delivers the longest Gulet at the time with 27.5 meters. The impressive
project called NB6 and was completed within just 12 months.
Going For Mega Yachts
With all the current partners onboard, Mengi Yay Yachts starts to build
mega yachts over 30 meters. These yachts are not only built by Mengi Yay Yachts
but also they are exceptionally designed and engineered by the in-house
team following the 1990-2000s design trend.
The Longest Sail Yacht In Turkey
The 36 meters sail yacht "Cağlar" meets with blue waters at Tuzla. She sets a
record for being the longest sailing yacht in Turkey at that time.
Hüseyin Mengi takes the wheel
Hüseyin Mengi carries the path of his father and becomes
the CEO of the company. He directs the company with a spirit of open-mindedness,
passion for sustainable future and craftsman experience he had in 13 years.
Mustafa Mengi Becomes A Partner
Mustafa Mengi, the junior son of Ramazan Mengi, was born on September 11, 1980 in Istanbul and joins the firm as a partner, bringing along the dedication for building high-end motor yachts and excitement to implement the futuristic innovations.
First Steel Super yacht Contract
Mengi Yay Yachts signs the first
contract to build the first steel yacht.
The Dazzling Sail Yacht Gweilo
Gweilo is a stunning two-masted 42 meters wooden schooner style sail yacht. The sailing yacht has classical lines with a traditional style rig and a long keel which makes her very comfortable under sail. Gweilo was exclusively designed by Dykstra & Partners and built at our Tuzla facility. Gweilo is still one of the most classic and beautifully designed sail yacht in the world.
Defining The Modern Trawler
40 meters Serenity II features substantial and
contemporary design lines which set a new
exterior design approach for Trawler Yachts. Her
exterior styling is designed by Endaze Design.
6 sheds, 2 buildings and a large shipyard land in Yalova were acquired and still owned by
the company. With the current hangars, Mengi Yay Yachts now owns one of the most
largest (19,365 m2) and sophisticated yards that were specifically designed for the new-construction
and refit of luxury motor and sailing yachts up to 130 meters in length.
The Most Fuel-Efficient Super Yacht In The World
45 meters Aquarius was built from wooden laminated epoxy and construction materials and advanced methods provide a significant fuel saving, with only 60l/h including both generators at 8.7 knots economic speed. This type of speed and fuel consumption makes her possible to achieve 4138 miles with only 33,000 liters of fuel. Although her low fuel capacity, Aquarius has also the widest range in her class.
Virtus Lines Are Established
For the first time in the history of Mengi Yay, 125, 135, 145 Virtus Series are established. A line that is being built from the company’s budget and on market demands. 44 meters superyacht features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and completed and delivered on May, 2020. Virtus is a product of innovative and elegant design approach from VYD Studio.
"The new line" has born with Italian design and 50 years of innovative yacht building experience…
Ramazan Mengi is currently studying Naval
Architecture and Marine Engineering at
Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
He has been working his way through all
departments of the shipyard and getting
familiarise himself by working at various
jobs regarding social media, internet, and programming.
Ramazan Yay has worked at various
yacht design firms as an exterior and
interior designer with his background
coming from his study of Interior
Design at Okan University. Prior to his current
Master Yacht Design postgraduate program at
Politecnico di Milano, he decided to work as an
intern at Marco Casali Too Design for a month.
Ege Mengi is currently studying Industrial &
Electrical Engineering at RWTHA Aachen
Technical University. His interest in hybrid
and electrical propulsion systems carry
an essential role for creating innovative
and sustainable superyachts with the
engineering and design approach coming
from Ramazan Mengi and Ramazan Yay.