With its original founder back at the helm, a distribution deal signed with the Bradford Marine powerhouse for the North American market and an active dealer network delivering orders in South and Central America, the Turkish shipyard Numarine is perfectly poised to fully explore its potential across this side of the Atlantic.
Having taken the opportunity to sea trial the yard’s new 62 flybridge model, and found it to be a quite superb yacht that offers remarkable value for money, we predict a bright future for Numarine in the region.
When Jack Nitabach of Bradford Marine greeted us with a big smile and an outstretched hand as he met us on the dock in Coconut Grove, Fl. in December, we instantly knew this was a dealer who was immensely happy with his product and proud to introduce it to us. “The FLIBS show was incredible for us,” he enthuses, “and the reception of the product here in the Americas quite remarkable”.
In truth, the popularity of Numarine in the Americas’ market comes as no surprise to us, being familiar with the Turkish brand for many years. When we resided in Dubai the shipyard was acquired by Abraaj Capital, an investment fund based in the UAE, but happily since the ownership has reverted back entirely to Omer Malaz, the charismatic founder and driving force behind Numarine’s best years.
Having previously visited the impressive Numarine facilities in Gebze, just south of Istanbul, we can attest that the modernity, quality and sophisticated equipment level of their factory reflects the products they produce. Employing experienced key production managers with previous experience at renown British shipyards ensures stringent quality control, while the competitive advantage gained by skilled Turkish labor are visibly translated into the man-hours lavished on each of the units they launch.
The Numarine range, which includes flybridge, hardtop and explorer series that stretch from 62’ right up to 130’, is entirely styled by the yard’s long-term in-house designer Can Yalman, who’s ambitious lines and details are faithfully transcribed into sharply stylized yachts in molds cut on one of Europe’s largest 5-axis CNC machines. The 375,000sqft (35,000sqm) Numarine facility may be ever expanding, but working with precision to tolerances of less than 0.004” (0.1mm) in their hull and superstructure production, there’s no doubting their attention is on the finest detail.
While Numarine’s in-house dedicated glass, cabinetry, upholstery and metal workshops produce each and every component found in their elegant yachts that offer remarkable value for money, it is arguably not until their recently signing of a deal with Bradford Marine as their official representatives in the USA that the conditions were created for the brand to achieve its full potential in this important market.
The company–based in Fort Lauderdale–is now responsible for the management of a network of sale and after sale facilities for Numarine owners along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Canada. In leveraging the capabilities, resources, and infrastructures of this third-generation yachting powerhouse, Omer Malaz is expecting great things from the partnership.
The pressure, or apparently distinct lack of it judging by his delight in the early reception of the product, falls on third-generation Bradford Marine family member, Jack Nitabach, who has taken the helm of Numarine USA. “Numarine yachts are a new product to the US market,” he told us, “but I truly believe they offer US clients the best value in the current market.
Under the leadership of Numarine’s founder and CEO, Omer Malaz, the company has grown into one of the most efficient shipyards I have seen to date, producing some of the finest yachts available today. By adding the service and support of a major shipyard like Bradford Marine, we have the team necessary to build a new brand into a household name here in America.”
Down in Coconut Grove marina, fresh after her debut at the Fort Lauderdale show, sat one of the yard’s gleaming new 62 flybridge units, and the subject of our eagerly anticipated sea trial. Flowing facets characterize the profile of the 62 fly, with sinuous lines traced by edges so defined the hull and superstructure appear to have been sculpted from a single block of marble.
The additional attention paid to elements like the chamfered edges of the hull around glazing and the intricate planes of the aft section are what elevate this sporty yacht above many others in a busy sector of the market. Athwartships the shape of the hull window is cleverly repeated in negative space above; achieved by lowering bulwark (which serves to provide uninterrupted sight lines from the interior) and the addition of an almost architectural flourish that offers an extra practical benefit in providing confidence and protection while moving between the aft section and foredeck during navigation.
The foredeck solarium itself is comfortable and sociable in layout; the forward facing banquette can be shaded by retractable sun canopy if so desired and the twin sunpads are split by the central walkway that allows unhindered access to the windlass and chain locker in the bow. It is practical seamanship details like this that can be credited to Omer Malaz, a keen yachtsman himself who never prioritizes style over substance. Interestingly, on this particular model access between the foredeck and cockpit is limited to the port side, as the starboard section of the cockpit is enclosed by the extension of the wraparound banquette.
Electing for an asymmetric layout is a novel innovation and does indeed create more useable space in the cockpit, but for those who feel more comfortable with a traditional layout that option exists–or why not take the ‘halfway house’ and opt for a temporary infill that can be fitted or removed as when the need dictates? We stepped aboard via the Besonzoni letterbox passerelle on the port-side aft quarter, past a hydraulic bathing platform upon which sat a RIB tender and noting the watertight door and glazed panels in the shapely transom that indicate crew accommodation for two lay behind.
The inclusion of a hot and cold shower is useful for sluicing off the salt after a dip in the ocean and hanging over the transom an aft sundpad provides the perfect spot to extend oneself and watch the hypnotic wake spread out over the azure seas. In the cockpit a port-side staircase leads up to the flybridge and one discovers up top there’s acres of space that, one suspects given Numarine’s semi-custom approach to series production, can be laid out to best suit the owner’s lifestyle and intended use.
On this unit a banquette wrapped around a teak dinette aft, separated from the forward helm station and voluminous sunpad by a central console that includes all the appliances one needs for the preparation of solid and liquid refreshment.
Inside meanwhile the light an airy salon that is enclosed almost entirely by glass matches the contemporary elegance of the exterior. The quality of the joinery, cabinetry, leatherwork and stainless steel trim are commensurate with what one would expect from a quality boutique builder, and in terms of décor and styling the yard will either work directly with the owner or in collaboration with an appointed designer.
On the unit we boarded the owner had elected to locate the salon area to starboard as one enters through the tri-pane tinted picture windows that open to provide seamless integration between the interior and exterior spaces. Another very neat example of attention to deal we spotted was the inclusion of a power outlet in the salon’s sofa–for there’s nothing more infuriating that the iPad running out of battery or having to keep getting up and down to check one’s phone while it is charging!
To port a pop-up TV rises silently from low cabinets that lead forward into a dining area, which is conveniently served by the on-deck galley to starboard. Featuring a four-ring ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher and plenty of surface area for prepping and serving, the comprehensive nature of the galley allows for the option of extended cruises onboard. A powerful 72,000 BTU air conditioning system controls the interior environment, and the fitting of a BOSE sound system as standard is in indicator of the quality equipment Numarine spec as standard. Personally we’d have opted for a more compact refrigerator in the galley to exaggerate the open plan nature of the space, and also to remove a potential blind spot for the pilot at the helm station located forward on the port side.
Though equipped with the optional MAN V8 engines with traditional shaft drive, rather than the standard Volvo Penta engines and IPS pod propulsion, we noted that helm included Sidepower joysticks for both a bow and helm thruster, making maneuvering in and out of tight berths a synch and revealing just how firmly this model will appeal in the owner/driver market.
Intuitively laid out with a Raymarine nav and comms package as standard (though this owner had elected to install larger displays and some equipment from Garmin), from here the pilot can unleash the power of the twin 1200 MAN engines residing in the engine bay. During our sea trial we found the 62 fly accelerates strongly onto the plane and continues to pull in a comfortingly linear manner right through to our recorded top speed of almost 38-knots. So she can pick up her skirts and run when encouraged to! While throttling back to 2,000rpm a contented cruising speed of 29-knots reduced fuel consumption to just 47-US Gal per hour per engine.
Keen to discover the noise and vibration levels down below while underway, we handed the helm back to the captain and headed down to the lower deck guest lobby that sits under a lofty atrium created by the windshield above. Forward in the VIP, which occupies the forepeak, serenity reigned, with not a creak or squeak of protest from the tight fitting joinery in both the cabin and en-suite.
The twin en-suite guest cabin to port offered similar levels of generosity of space and evidence of quality fit out and though the full-beam master located midships experiences the inevitable higher sound levels due to its proximity to the engine room and the passage of water over the hull, one is so enraptured by the square footage it offers this quickly fades into insignificance. With the inboard facing queen-sized berth on the port side of the master, there’s sufficient space for a banquette to starboard, generating the true sense of a spacious suite and the whole area is terrifically well-lit by the magnificent windows.
While the 62 fly model we sea trialed performed admirably and in our opinion represents one of the best ‘value for money’ models in the sector, Numarine’s program of constant development ensures future units will be even further refined. Also, having employed the expertise of Silent Line Group from the Netherlands to complete an exhaustive study on the sound and vibration mitigation, this already highly commendable yacht is only going to improve. Priced at $1,500,000 for the basic model in the USA, don’t be surprised to see Numarine 62 flybridges–and a very cheerful Jack Nitabach– popping up in many marinas around the country in the coming year!
LOA: 62′ 10″ (19.16m)
Beam: 16′ 9″ (5.10m)
Draft (inc. props): 5′ 3″ (1.6m)
Displacement (light): 61,729lbs (28 tonne)
Fuel capacity: 879 US Gal. (4,000 L)
Fresh water capacity: 131 US Gal (600 L)
Black water capacity: 78 US Gal (355 L)
Engines: 2x Volvo IPS 950
Max Speed: up to 38-knots*
Cruising Speed: up to 28-knots*
Cruising Range: up to 375nM*
Genset: 17.5Kw 230Volt 50Hz
Engine options: Twin Volvo IPS 1200 or,
Twin Volvo D13 900 (shaft drive option)
Twin MAN 1200 (*shaft drive–as tested)
Exterior Design: Can Yalman
Naval Architect: Umberto Tagliavini
Structural Engineering: Gurit
Builder: Numarine (Gebze, Turkey)