Photography by Jeff Brown
25 September 2019
Alia Yachts will announce projects that include the new 55-metre collaboration with Vripack, the sale of a 36-metre shadow vessel with exterior styling by Cor D. Rover, delivery of the 27-metre chase boat MY Atlantico, penned by Stefano Pastrovich, and recent yard expansion.
As a private yacht the Alia flagship, MY Samurai (pictured above) received little publicity after her launch in 2016. Now available for charter, Samurai’s power and poise is set to woo the audience at the Monaco Yacht Show, 25 to 28 September.
Samurai is the stunning result of the work of two award-winning design studios: Omega Architects for the exterior styling and Redman Whiteley Dixon for the interior design, with the collaboration of the expert construction team at the Alia shipyard in Antalya, Turkey.
“We’ve been sitting on the superyacht industry’s best-kept secret for the past few years,” said Alia President Gökhan Çelik. “In terms of overall design and construction quality, Samurai demonstrates what we’re capable of and I’m delighted we finally have this opportunity to show her off to the yachting world.”
Her sleek lines disguise a high-volume interior of more than 1,000 gross tons, most of which is housed inside the capacious hull.
The main deck provides accommodation for 10 in four guest cabins and a full-beam, forward-facing owner’s suite of 87-square-metres. The staterooms, open-plan main salon and dining room benefit from natural light and sea views thanks to the full height windows. A stairway on the aft deck provides direct exterior access to the beach club below.
As well as the wheelhouse and captain’s cabin, the bridge deck provides space for ample alfresco lounging with dining for a full complement of guests, a fifth guest suite, and a panoramic lounge on the open foredeck.
With her high volume, generous use of glass and open-plan layout, Samurai blurs the divide between indoor and outdoor living.
The yacht boasts multiple options for open-air entertaining, from the extensive sundeck with oversized jacuzzi and aft deck areas to a forward sunbathing zone and the impressive beach club with gym and fold-down swim platform. Additional side-boarding provides the perfect launch pad for her two tenders and stable of toys.
Based on natural materials and neutral tones, the Oriental-style interior design by RWD is tastefully sophisticated but also warm, welcoming and functional.
Samurai’s visual impact is matched by her performance. Powered by twin MTU 16V4000 M73L engines (2,880kW each), her patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) by Van Oossanen provides a top speed of 21 knots and a transatlantic range of 4,250nm at economical speed.
55-metre steel and aluminium motor yacht commenced
Alia Yachts has laid the keel of Al Waab II, a 55-metre steel and aluminium motor yacht with interior, exterior and naval architecture by Dutch design studio, Vripack.
The client decided to build with the Turkish yard after carefully researching other international shipyards. SF Yachts is serving as both project manager and owner’s representative throughout the build. Delivery is scheduled for 2021.
The owner’s brief called for a modern and fresh design, a home away from home that provides comfort, space, luxury, privacy and stability at sea. In particular, the amount of outdoor space and the simplicity of the layout makes a big difference to the owner’s enjoyment of his yacht.
“This is a hugely exciting project as it will be rated below the 500GT threshold, which is quite a challenge for a 55-metre yacht,” said Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik. “We’re also working hard to maintain an aggressive build schedule of just 24 months.”
Maintaining volume below 500GT has been achieved by focusing on the exterior areas and the beach club area. Semi-transparent sides create a wind-protected area, and a direct connection to the water heightens the onboard experience.
The yacht sleeps 12 guests in six suites, including a two-tier master suite that has the cabin on the upper deck forward for outstanding sea views and the dressing room and bathroom on main deck below.
An integral part of the early design stage was the use of virtual reality to fine-tune the turnkey design solution. It considerably enhanced the owner’s understanding of space planning, sight lines and layout from the comfort of his home.
Glass also plays a central role, with glass bulwarks and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Intimate family areas, including a drop-down bulwark in the dining area, are paired with an extensive owner’s aft deck and an optimised hull shape for comfort at sea.
“I am thrilled to be working with three companies of such pedigree and calibre in the yachting sector,” said the owner, who plans on spending long periods on board. “I am very much looking forward to the yacht being completed and keenly await the day when I can experience life on board and travel the world with my family and friends.”
36-metre Shadow Vessel sold
With exterior styling by Dutch designer Cor D Rover and naval architecture by long-term Alia partners Van Oossanen, this all-aluminium project will serve as a shadow vessel for Project Phi, a 55-metre motor yacht also designed by Cor D Rover with naval architecture by Van Oossanen in build at Royal Huisman in the Netherlands. The contract was signed in August with delivery slated in 2021.
“This is a very interesting project for us which we foresee will provide a platform that can be adapted to meet the needs of other superyacht owners,” said Çelik.
“The principle challenge is that it has to be very fast but also versatile and efficient. I’m particularly proud because the owner decided to build with us after visiting the shipyard and seeing the quality work we do.”
With a fast displacement hull form, the vessel will be used for transporting tenders and toys, as well as a small car and extra fuel for the mothership to extend its range. It will also feature a large laundry and additional crew accommodation.
27-metre chase boat MY Atlantico delivered
Already delivered to the owner of the 55-metre MY Atlante, 27-metre Atlantico is much more than just a chase boat.
“This is a very cool, full-aluminium yacht,” enthused Celik. “The owner wants to use it as a fast day boat for exploring remote places or accessing secluded beaches, so it has two stylish cabins and is powered by three top-of-the-range Volvo Penta IPS units for a top speed of 35 knots.”
Designed by Stefano Pastrovich to echo the profile of the mothership, the aft bulwarks fold down to extend the main deck ‘beach club’ while the large windows, continuous teak decking and minimalist, open-plan interior provide maximum contact with the marine environment.
Alia is now developing a 40-metre version based on the same concept that will function as a standalone superyacht.
Yard expansion completed and fully operational
Completed in mid-July and fully operation since mid-August, the total indoor area of Alia’s new facility in Antalya now covers over 20,000-square-metres.
In addition to the various storage areas and workshops, the complex includes two construction sheds each measuring 90-metres in length and, more importantly, over 22-metres in height under the cranes (allowing for larger yachts to be assembled entirely under cover, including the radar masts).
“This expansion helps us achieve three key objectives,” stated Çelik. “It increases our production capacity and allows us to work simultaneously on more projects; we can now accommodate larger projects; and it helps us grow our focus on the refit sector.
“In fact, we have several new projects around the 60-metre mark under final negotiation and I fully expect to be able to announce some very exciting new contracts in the very near future.”