22 March 2022
The longest steel and aluminium yacht below 500 gross tonnage in the world, Al Waab, is a milestone project for Alia Yachts, setting a new industry standard in terms of external and internal spaces for her category.
Al Waab offers 42 percent more exterior space, including storage for two tenders, and 8 percent more interior space compared to similar yachts on the market.
“Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 gt mark,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik.
Virtual reality was used early in the project to optimise space planning, creating an open-plan, owner-centric arrangement designed for easy, restful, family living.
“We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht, so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”
The yacht can sleep up to 12 guests in six staterooms, which is rare on a 499 gt yacht. The split-level master suite on the upper deck features a private 4-metre pool on the foredeck.
In the stern, a sprawling beach club supplies the perfect family area. The tender bay has been placed in a sunken deck in the bow for easy access.
The grated ‘tween deck arrangement is not included in the yacht’s overall volume, yet provides storage for two tenders, a pair of jetskis and other water toys.
The owner wanted to avoid bright, direct light, so diffused lighting features throughout the vessel with soft, muted beams. Matte-finished bamboo slats on the ceiling help to absorb natural sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows. An illuminated, gold wall installation with integrated crystals in the stairwell covers all three decks.
Glass is also a central element in the design, resulting in uninterrupted sight lines and a seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces.
Glass bulwarks on all decks provide outboard views, while large outdoor areas provide privacy and comfort.
A drop-down bulwark in the dining area replaces the traditional formal dining room, with an al fresco breakfast area just two metres above the water on the starboard main deck. Much of the onboard seating is designed to face outboard for a true connection with the sea.
Al Waab has a top speed of 12.5 knots. Her twin Caterpillar C18 725 hp diesel engines burn 35 percent less fuel than similar-sized yachts.