Turkish shipbuilder Alia Yachts has reached a major construction milestone in the build of its 52.5 metre custom explorer known as the Alia Sea Club. The hull and superstructure have now been joined at the shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, and the vessel is on track for delivery in the final quarter of 2023.
The Alia Sea Club has been designed with exploration in mind and features a fully-certified helideck, a mammoth toy and tender garage and a dedicated water sports centre.
“The joining operation marked a major milestone in the construction process and was completed in just one day,” said Ömer Koray, managing director of Alia Yachts. “With the steel and aluminium hot works finished, we’re now completing the fitting out of the floating floors, tank connections, machinery foundations, pipe and cable penetrations, and exterior fitted furniture."
Dutch studio Azure Yacht Design has penned interiors and exteriors of the 499GT superyacht, with naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design. “Our aim was to create a yacht able to carry a large number of tenders and toys, while keeping the styling motifs and onboard features of a luxurious superyacht,” said Onne Logger, Azure’s design director.
As well as a 50 square metre storage area for an inflatable water park, the yacht will also be able to accommodate a 13 metre guest tender, an 8.2 metre crew tender, a submarine, two wave-runners, two sailing dinghies and two sailing catamarans in a covered tender bay on the main deck.
Meanwhile, there is an additional space for storing diving equipment, SeaBobs, surfboards and electric bicycles.
Accommodation is for up to ten guests and a crew of 12 with ample areas for socialising and making the most out of the sun, according to Alia.
In terms of specifications, the yacht will have a beam of 8.6 metres and a top speed of 15 knots.
“This new project is another glowing confirmation of our know-how and specific skills in building one-off, full custom yachts that are also designed to be fast, versatile and efficient," said Gökhan Çelik, president of Alia Yachts.
The Sea Club is one of five projects currently underway at the shipyard including a 60 metre Vripack project, reuniting the same design team that worked on the award-winning Al Waab, as well as a 45 metre known as Project San.