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Homes where you can live under the sea

Homes where you can live under the sea

Underwater hideouts may be the domain of James Bond villains and Gerry Anderson's Stingray puppets but people in the real world are also dreaming about living at the bottom of...

03 Sep 2014 Thunderbird 2

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These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

Jan Kara, 22, a student, and mechanic Jakub Bures, 21, like many of us, are tired of seeing pollution all around the world. In their Czech town of Nymburk, the duo...

20 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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A superyacht-friendly submersible

A superyacht-friendly submersible

Tired of being told that the recreational submersible you want is too tall to fit into your superyacht? Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx knows how you feel and is launching...

05 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Dangers of the ocean are well documented: sharks, storms with gargantuan waves, seasickness and, if one’s boat has sunk, swimming for shore through a mine field of stinging jellyfish or...

15 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

A group of young dashing racers are training and going through their paces in Lisbon’s harbor these days. There is sun, good wind and a magnificent boat to sail –...

06 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Water may seem soft enough when you're in a bathtub full of the stuff, but as anyone who has smacked across the waves in a speeding motorboat knows, it can...

02 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

An article about  us in Superyacht magazine. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

An article about our Thunderbird 2 in Yachts International magazine, April 2014 issue. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Mast Walk

The Mast Walk

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28 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

On the left, a ship in a heavy storm as seen from the deck, going through giant waves. On the right, a ship in a heavy storm seen from a...

26 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

“It’s like removing the handbrake – suddenly everything gets smoother and faster in pure silence.” This gravity-defying US$40k catamaran rises completely out of the water at speed on a pair...

11 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Here's one you might not have heard before ... Whaddaya get when cross a hovercraft, an airboat and a pontoon boat? Give up? An ATASD, or Amphibious Trimaran with Aerostatic...

24 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

Sailing the open seas can be one of the most thrilling endeavors that anyone takes on, however even the most experienced sailor will warn you about the great risk that...

19 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2 has launched in Antalya Free Zone, Turkey! Brilliant Boats and BB Yacht are proud to announce the launch of Thunderbird 2. Fans of Gerry Anderson will understand immediately what this...

03 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

The Discovery Channel visited some superyacht builders in the Netherlands and give some insights of the high quality superyacht building. Here are five of six episodes. Enjoy!   Balk Shipyard {youtube}vM6qt_hd9E8|700|450{/youtube} Hakvoort {youtube}T4ozSE_meFM|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 1 {youtube}i2ez55KJRfQ|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 2 {youtube}oOze8e65--k|700|450{/youtube} Icon Yachts {youtube}IwjwvlI3jwM|700|450{/youtube}

16 Jan 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

The Wokart is a featherweight asymmetric catamaran with a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor that's designed to have the driving characteristics and low power-to-weight of a go-kart. The automotive seating and...

10 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Building a ship to carry fish as passengers may seem like a phenomenal case of missing the point, but Rolls-Royce has signed a £5.8 million (US$9.5 million) contract to design...

09 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Emma Maersk was dethroned as the world's largest seafaring vessel this morning when this ship, longer than the Empire State Building, left its dry dock in South Korea for...

06 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Underwater accommodations seem to have become a trend among hotels in recent years, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is now putting a unique spin on the concept. The Manta...

21 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Sergey Dolya took some incredible photos in an expedition to the North Pole on board a RussianArktika-class nuclear ice breaker. In the words of Buzz Aldrin, "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation." By the...

08 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Although by definition, it’s not technically a yacht, the Jet Capsule aims to bring the same luxury experience on the water (with family and friends) through a much smaller, more maneuverable solution. Designed...

24 Oct 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

There are fears that the operation could pollute the pristine waters of Giglio, the Italian island where the ship capsized last year. The Costa Concordia was at the start of a week-long cruise...

16 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats. Now...

09 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Capsized yachts and a sailor’s death cast a pall over this week’s finals The finals of the 34th America's Cup are days away, but they will take place in the long shadow cast...

05 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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21 May 2013 /THERESA DAY, ANTALYA

“I'm a Canadian -- at least, that's what it says on my passport,” says Michael Schutte, a yacht designer. Having grown up between North America and Europe, he's no stranger to new countries, cultures or languages or even taking transatlantic flights as part of his work schedule for that matter. Despite the many opportunities on hand in the world's capitals, however, he's opted to base both his work and life in a city normally associated with tourism, not global business: Antalya, on Turkey's south coast.

South of France to south of Turkey: ‘I haven't looked back'

When Schutte first started coming to Turkey in the early 2000s, he knew little about the country. “Like most of the Western world,” he said, “most of my ‘knowledge' of Turkey before arriving here was based on the late '70s film ‘Midnight Express,' occasional sightings of shocking pink rose-flavored Turkish Delight confectionary and some mutterings about a spot of bother in Gallipoli back in great-grandfathers' day. But, by the beginning of 2000, everyone in the yacht business was aware of the opportunities for construction here in Turkey. Now I know that Turkey offers a rich maritime history, an outstanding location in the eastern Mediterranean, experienced skilled craftsmen and a comparatively low labor rate -- compared to the rest of the Mediterranean, at least.

This adds up to a powerful combination when the products we design typically consume hundreds of thousands of man hours in labor during their construction. When I first came here, shipyards were popping up like mushrooms, not only in Tuzla, but also on the Aegean side and down in Antalya, where builders were attracted by the free zone. We relocated the main office from Cannes towards the end of 2008 when we were offered an exclusive three boat deal with an up-and-coming builder in Antalya's free zone, the catch being that they needed us to open an office here to offer technical support throughout the construction process. In perhaps typical fashion, we showed up, and they never did, but I haven't looked back, as making this move was an excellent decision for the business.”

But after living and working in major world cities such as London, Toronto, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles and Dubai, doesn't he find it hard living in a relatively small city that's off the global beaten track? “If you consider that we haven't actually got a single customer in Turkey, living in a big city like İstanbul is particularly irrelevant,” he emphasized. “In all honesty, I have absolutely zero interest or intention of ever living in a big city again. They are all -- without exception -- busy, dirty, noisy and expensive, and the lifestyle they afford, at least in my opinion, is completely overrated when compared to the down sides. ... I can and do visit most of these places regularly and so use these opportunities to bliss out on big city fun. Put it this way: I now live and work in a place that most people choose to come for a week's holiday. My ‘commute' from home to the office takes less than 10 minutes, and I live in a luxurious apartment that is actually on the beach for less than the cost of a studio apartment with a peek-a-boo view of the Bosporus, and I have a direct flight to either Atatürk or Sabiha Gökçen [airports in İstanbul] leaving every hour for about the price of a taxi ride into İstanbul from either [or twice daily to London, Paris and Frankfurt, for that matter].” 

Turkey is a country of stark contrasts for Schutte. “This is an excellent place to be an employer if you have the patience and ability to properly communicate what you want/need from the guys,” he underlined. “The standard of education is very high, and the labor laws make it possible to do business here with the sort of confidence that is impossible in Europe and North America today. However, there is a downside. When I first came here, I despaired -- and still do -- at the corruption of many business owners. Unfortunately, seeking legal restitution in Turkey is an expensive and complicated process: I have two lawyers on permanent retainer, kept busy with a total of six lawsuits currently being heard in İstanbul and Antalya. This is a great shame for me, my employees and for Turkey, as I know that my story isn't unusual. There's no question this is a major roadblock to attracting the sort of international investment and customers we all rely on to do business in Turkey today. Even more importantly, these issues need to be resolved tomorrow if we, as Turkish businesses, have any hope of successfully competing in an increasingly international marketplace.”

Brilliant Boats busier than ever

Schutte's business, Brilliant Boats, is a real hub of activity. “We do lots of design and engineering for large one-off structures,” he explained. “Most of these are yachts, large and small, but we've also done underwater habitats, including the Poseidon Undersea Resort, which will be the world's first underwater hotel, and some semi-submerged tourism structures as well as offshore platforms and activity centers. We've also done furniture and interior design for our own projects, but also for other competing naval architects as well as for private residences and commercial interiors that have nothing to do with yachts.”

So how exactly do they manage to achieve so much from an office staffed by 10 people?  “This job can in fact be done from anywhere; all you need is a decent Internet connection,” he noted. “We design everything in 3D, including interiors, systems and production details. We actually build the products inside our computers, piece by piece, and then pull these out individually to describe them to whoever's building them. This means we can have parts being built in parallel all over the world, usually on a bang-for-buck basis, and then bring these together [wherever] for assembly. We know far more about mechanical and electrical systems, construction techniques and processes than most designers, as our other jobs require us to design these as well. This is a huge advantage when it comes to designing for production in the real world. My own background is in pure industrial design and manufacturing, so we definitely have a different approach to design methodology than an office just selling styling and conceptual design. We hand over a set of construction drawings at the end of the process, or an actual product, not just a handful of jpgs [image files]; you can't go to sea on a jpg or eat your dinner off it. 

“We're currently busy with a diverse array of projects,” he pointed out, “such as Thunderbird catamarans [fast aluminum yachts that actually carry up to 1,000-meter personal submarines], which we're building as well; military patrol boats for different foreign governments; several smaller production boats, from 5.5 to 12 meters, for customers in Ireland, Lebanon and the USA; a largish private motor catamaran for a Russian to be built in the Ukraine; crew boats to service the offshore wind power industry in the UK and Poland; offshore platforms for another [still top secret] renewable energy project; interior design for a range of yachts being built in the Middle East; an underwater restaurant [in the Black Sea, but not Turkey]; and a series of airport hotels that will be built in several West African countries.”

Antalya a great base for the future

As Schutte puts it, it's been a long road full of unimagined twists and turns that's brought him to Antalya, but he sees no reason why he won't be staying.
“I see Brilliant Boats as a permanent fixture here in Turkey,” he said. “Despite currently not having any local business, I'm confident the future of the yacht industry will require skills like ours as local producers realize they're priced out of the cheap-and-cheerful market by hungrier, more recently emerging markets, such as the new Tiger economies of the Far East. Our significant advantage, at least at BB, is that in a truly international marketplace, our skills, experience and knowledge are very attractively priced compared to those of our competitors in North America and Western Europe. Not that we sell on price –- we categorically do not as there are plenty of people in the rest of the world who will offer to do what we do for less; we're just amazingly attractive on any bang-for-buck comparison. No matter where the path leads from here, I'm sure that whatever we've all worked very hard to build here together will live on. I make a point of only employing people who want to sit in my chair and run the business, no matter whose name is on the business license today. ... We're all associates here and paid bonuses based on our collective financial performance every year. In another 10 years or so, one of them could be being interviewed instead of me; they might even be doing it in Turkish. At least, I hope so!”

But what about his wanderlust? “I still have many things undone on my ‘bucket list,' and not all of them will be happening here in Antalya,” he pointed out. “So, the future will probably look not very different to the past: having a home base by the beach, a short journey to a proper airport, a passport and a fist full of random currency and not a whole lot of ideas about where exactly the road is heading -- just the certain knowledge that the journey will be an adventure, and that I need to show up for that part of it, at least! One thing for sure is that the flight will include a return ticket, as the combination of good things available to us here in Antalya is pretty hard to beat, no matter where your own personal journey started or will end.”

SOURCE: TODAYS ZAMAN - 

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-316074-expat-profile-antalya-seaside-city-base-for-intl-business-owner.html