Turkish superyacht yard Alia Yachts has launched a 16 metre dayboat mini-series.
Designed by Dixon Yacht Design, the dayboat was the result of a private client contacting the Antalya based yard in the hunt for a fast dayboat he was unable to find on the market.
Despite being best known for superyachts such as the 31 metre Virgen del Mar VI and 50 metre Samurai, the yard accepted the project.
Founder and chairman of Alia, Gökhan Çelik, said: “Building small, one-off boats is a very different business for a superyacht builder like Alia Yachts. If the enquiry hadn’t come from an important client, I would probably have turned down the request.”
When it came to designing the dayboat, the yard contacted Dixon Yacht Design, citing the studio’s “strong track record in the powerboat sector.”
The studio proceeded to develop the naval architecture, exterior and interior design in collaboration with the yard.
The result sees the main saloon and main galley brought out onto the deck, shaded by a large fibreglass hardtop “so guests aren’t forced to sit out in the sun all day,” company founder Bill Dixon said.
Other features include a double cabin below with ensuite and shower and a second galley with sink and fridge.
Power comes from twin Volvo IPS 650 units for a top speed of over 35 knots. Fitted with bigger engine alternatives, the boat would be able to exceed 40 knots.
The result “delighted” the client and has resulted in the sale of two more models. The yard is now discussing a fourth order and is receiving further requests from Europe, South America and the US.
Çelik said: “We’re not looking to turn it into a full production model, but we are ready to build a mini-series for discerning owners in the market for a niche product with great looks and good performance.”