After the successful Al Waab with Dutch studio Vripack, Turkish shipyard, Alia Yachts announced another project that reunites them. GCC-based SF Yachts will serve as project manager and owner’s representative throughout the construction. The superyacht is described as a “high performance, a go-anywhere yacht” and will be an Ice Class yacht for the owner and his family to travel the world.
Aligning with the owner’s brief to accommodate a large family for long periods at a time, the 60-metre has a gross tonnage of 810. It features generous exterior spaces for the family to enjoy the outdoors.
“Coming hard on the heels of Al Waab, we are thrilled to once again collaborate with the same team on another innovative and inspiring new build,” says Gökhan Çelik, President of Alia Yachts. “Turkey is fast becoming a hub for building globetrotting superyachts. Add to that Vripack’s renowned explorer heritage and SF Yachts’ expertise and this promises to be yet another excellent new build project.”
The layout is designed for easy navigation with the exteriors and interiors designed by Vripack. The spacious galley and crew salon is located on the main deck forward. There is also a technical room with access to the side-loading tender garage. Additionally, the designers have paid attention to the technical and logistical requirements to ensure the yacht is easy to operate and maintain for the crew.
“The owner and his family have already planned so many trips in every part of the world,” says Francesco Pitea, CEO of SF Yachts. “The new 60 meters will mean they can travel around the globe in comfort, safety, and style, and we can’t wait to help turn that dream into reality.”
The lower deck has a massage room, dive store, and steam shower in addition to a gym, chill-out zone, and a beach club. Like the Al Waab, semi-transparent side panels create a wind-protected area and further connect to the water. The guest accommodation comprises six guest suites on the lower deck, including two cabins with twin single beds and 4 VIPs with double beds. All levels from the lower deck to the sun deck are connected by an elevator. While the owner’s master stateroom is located on the upper deck forward, enjoying the best views of the ocean. The suite includes a large walk-in wardrobe and a dedicated owner lounge overlooking a private foredeck.
“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring an experienced owner’s globetrotting vision to life,” says Bart Bouwhuis, co-creative director at Vripack. “Their dream is to cruise the Seven Seas together with their large family, and while our portfolio comprises a growing number of yachts designed to be residences at sea, this new project truly emphasizes the freedom felt from sailing the world while feeling at home.”
The new 60-meter project is slated to reach its owner in 2024.