Alia realises dream with launch of Rüya
by Philip Reynolds
Rüya has taken two years to build at the Antalya yard on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and will now undergo extensive sea trials before delivery to her new owners in September.
The brief was for a spacious sub-500GT go-anywhere yacht around the 40m mark, with a timeless design that was both practical and functional.
Rüya, which means dream in Turkish, is a voluminous yacht, with multiple usable spaces. Particular focus was placed on maximising the outdoor areas the tri-deck design, with the yacht boasting a huge 93 sq m sun deck with full bar and 10-person Jacuzzi. The vessel’s aft storage hatches open up to create a practical sports area with a spacious swim deck and on-water beach club.
Gokhan Celik, president of Alia, said the owners chose the yacrd because of its experience in producing high-quality custom yachts.
Sam Sorgiovanni, the Australian responsible for both the interior and exterior of Rüya, embraced the challenge of creating this spacious yacht within the size and GT constraints requested by the owner.
The Freemantle-based designer said: “There is no question that the volume and beam of the yacht creates the feeling of being on a much bigger yacht, with its fully custom design unique for a vessel in this size range. The interior layout and sophisticated decor along with the exterior design combine to create a compact superyacht that defies its length.”
The designer was full of praise for the yard’s work in executing his design. “The exceptional build quality executed by Alia Yachts is equal to the best and is a credit to the skill and craftsmanship of all involved,” he said.
Rüya has room for 10 guests across five cabins, with two additional Pullmans. The master suite is located on the main deck, with two double and two twin VIP guest staterooms on the lower deck. Ten crew are housed across five cabins.
Rüya’s naval architecture is by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and David McQueen of Australia-based Motor Yacht Build undertook project management.
Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines, the yacht is capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots, with a range of 4,116nm while cruising at 10 knots.
Rüya will be on display at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, held from 23 to 26 September 2015.