Photography by Pozitif Studio
31 January 2024
Alia Yachts and brokerage house Burgess have signed a contract for the build of a fully custom 45-metre motor yacht.
Teams from all parties involved in the project have been working flat out to reach this first vital milestone. It has taken enthusiasm, expertise and close collaboration to get so far so quickly, and no wonder, as the yacht is due for delivery in summer 2026.
“I’m thrilled to be starting the new year on such a positive note,” said Gökhan Çelik, founder and owner of Alia Yachts. “We have worked tirelessly with partners involved to get this project to the signature stage, and I’m confident the results will exceed expectations.
“In particular, we have relished the frequent owner input and very close relationship we’ve built with the Burgess team. I hope this is just the start of a mutually rewarding collaboration.”
With more than 15 years’ experience building unique superyachts for demanding owners, Antalya-based Alia is among the best-placed shipyards globally for such a project.
It is exclusively focused on custom yachts that require flexible thinking and innovative solutions. And the 45-metre size is right in the yard’s sweet spot, with its award-winning portfolio of yachts up to 60 metres in length.
Burgess dominates the market for yachts over 30 metres in length and its New Build Sales team has worked with the client from the start to select the shipyard and the designers for this project. Burgess Technical Services will be working with all parties to oversee the build.
“We’re super-excited to be working with Alia Yachts for the first time,” said Burgess Senior Partner and NBS Commercial Lead, Peter Brown.
“To be able to build a true custom yacht of under 500 gt with a shipyard that is so receptive to our ideas, so technically capable and so enthusiastic about what we can all do together, it’s going to be an immensely positive experience.”
Details of the design itself cannot be shared at this point, but it promises to exceed the owner’s expectations and set new standards in the sub-500-gt segment. Expect extraordinary interiors and a fabulous exterior suited to al fresco living.
“Vickers Studio is very excited about creating the interior design for the new 45-metre Alia motor yacht,” said founder John Vickers. “Working with a superb owner’s team, including the Burgess new build department, we’ll develop our vision for a modern, light, fresh interior.
“Infused with all the extra depth and personalisation to the client’s story that we like to add to our designs, she’s going to be a really wonderful yacht for the owner and his family and friends.”
Jonny Horsfield of H2 Design said, “We’ve worked extensively in Türkiye over the last 30 years, so it’s a pleasure to be finally building a yacht with Alia Yachts.
“Our design is extremely rakish and fluid, with a strong belt line giving her a uniquely strong aesthetic, along with a focus on outdoor living on the transom area.
“Together with Burgess, Alia and their partners, we’ll deliver a really special, beautiful product that will become a strong contender in this marketplace.”