Project Al Waab II Takes Shape at Alia Yachts | Boat International

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Project Al Waab II Takes Shape at Alia Yachts
2020-07-01By Miranda Blazeby

The 55 metre in-build superyacht project Al Waab II is taking shape at Turkish yard Alia Yachts.

The aluminium superstructure has now been attached to the steel hull of the yacht. It comes after the yard first revealed the project in August last year.

Alia Yachts president Gökhan Çelik said: “The joining of the hull and superstucture is always a milestone event as it provides the first glimpse of what the finished yacht will look like.

"Insulation, piping and cabling work in the hull and superstructure has already progressed before the operation and we’ll now be starting the actual fit-out."

Built from steel and aluminium, the sub-500GT superyacht will feature interior and exterior design 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 revealed more details about the owner's brief, which 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

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