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Construction update: Project Al Waab II continues on schedule

3 December 2020By Miranda Blazeby

The 55 metre in-build superyacht project Al Waab II is continuing on schedule at Turkish yard Alia Yachts.

The yard and designer Vripack gave a construction update on the 24-month build, which remains on schedule despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Following the joining of the hull and superstructure in June, the yacht remains on track for its June 2021 delivery.

Speaking about the project, Alia Yachts president Gökhan Çelik, said: “It’s been difficult to say the least, but we've taken a lot of health and safety measures, followed up with our suppliers to mitigate any delays, and, most importantly, have reorganised and reshuffled our production work. 

"To offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.”

Built from steel and aluminium, the sub-500GT superyacht is designed inside and out by Vripack, which also developed the naval architecture and engineering.

SF Yachts is serving as both project manager and owner's representative of the project, which is due for a 2021 delivery.

Alia Yachts said the owner's brief called for a "modern and fresh design" providing "comfort, space, luxury, privacy and stability at sea." The simplicity of the layout and amount of outdoor space was specifically stipulated by the owner.

Key features include a sub-500GT interior, focus on exterior spaces and semi-transparent sides, creating a wind protected area.

Accommodation on board is for a total of 12 guests in six suits, including a two-tier master suite. The cabin of the master sits on the upper deck, providing wide-reaching ocean views, while the dressing room and bathroom sit on the main deck below.

The owner's stateroom is set across two decks

Glass has played a leading role in the design of Project Al Waab II, with the yacht featuring glass bulwarks and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Çelik previously described the yacht as "a hugely exciting project."

"As it will be rated below the 500GT threshold, which is quite a challenge for a 55 metre yacht. We're also working hard to maintain an aggressive build schedule of just 24 months."

The main deck saloon

The owner, who plans on spending long periods on board, added: "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."

Chief executive of SF Yachts Francesco Pitea previously said: “I am very pleased to be part of this 55 metre yacht project and look forward to building it alongside Vripack and Alia Yachts shipyard.”

The owner of Al Waab II plans to spend long periods on board the yacht