A new 55 m in collaboration with VripacAlia Yachts has laid the keel of Al Waab II, a 55m steel and aluminium motoryacht 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,” says 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 6 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,” says 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.”