I’m pleased to be able to report that our yard in Tuzla Turkey will be back to full production as of today 1st June 2020.

In common with business’s all over the world, the pandemic caused the closure of the yard, but fortunately for only two months. 

Turkey has reported much lower infection and death rates than other comparable size populations such as the UK, at the time of going to press the death rate is less than 5,000.

Our designers and engineers have been able to continue to work from home during the Turkish shut down but, we are now keen to continue with the build of the Kraken 50 that was in mould prior to closure of the yard and we hope to be able to catch up some of the lost time.

Much of Turkey is now starting to return to ‘normal operations’ and we expect the government to announce the lifting of international travel restrictions soon. Domestics flights around Turkey have already resumed.

Su Marine, our joint venture partners in Turkey, have instigated new social distancing practices for all of its workforce and visitors will soon be able to visit our yacht building facility again too.

As the effects of Coronavirus start to wind down I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Ocean Sailor readers the very best of good luck as everyone starts to return to as normal a life as is possible, whether ‘new normal’ or not.

I’m am also very pleased to be able to say that despite all the challenges we have all had, enquires for Kraken yachts have significantly racked up over the last three months, so perhaps sailors are deciding that after the lessons we have all had from the Corona Virus pandemic, they will carry through their long-held plans to sail the world now, while they can?

Let’s go sailing!

Dick Beaumont

Chairman Kraken Yachts Ltd

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