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First 26m Aluna 87 to begin construction

21 April 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Turkish shipyard FDC Yachts and Red Yacht Design have teamed up to present the 26 metre Aluna 87, the first Aluna model in a series that champions multi-functional design and a flexible layout.

The production of the hull is set to begin in May 2022, with the first hull on schedule to hit the water in summer 2023. It comes after a year-long design process between FDC Yachts, Red Yacht Design and Notilus Engineering.

All photos: FDC Yachts

Red Yacht Design is responsible for both the interior and exterior of the yacht, while the hull design and engineering come courtesy of Notilus Engineering.

Alongside the aesthetic appeal of its exteriors, the Aluna 87 has been carefully considered to provide excellent seakeeping in rough conditions thanks to a forward-positioned superstructure and a near-plumb bow.

Unusually for a yacht of this size, the yacht’s impressive toy-carrying capacities allow it to function as either a standalone superyacht or as a support vessel.

A total of 110 square metres of open deck space onboard provides plenty of storage for tenders, with a five-tonne capacity crane to launch and retrieve them. The yacht’s toy locker can include one 12 metre tender, one five metre jet tender and two jet-skis.

The crane is completely concealed within the deck, allowing the deck to be enjoyed as an obstructed entertainment space when it’s free of tenders and toys. Loose furniture can be stored in the lazarette section below the aft deck. The Aluna 87 will also be able accommodate touch and go helicopter landings.

“We aimed to create a series where our clients will feel like they are living on a much larger yacht with the volume, usage area, and other possibilities provided by Aluna,” said Eyüp Özbelen of FDC Yachts.

“She has easy access to the sea, strong and comfortable in rough sea conditions. Economic, user-friendly and unique in her class in terms of the toy area and the volume of [the] guest zone. Basically a dream boat. "

The main deck hosts dining for up to eight guests, with the main saloon located further forward. Spanning the full-beam with nearly full-height windows and a headspace of 2.3 metres, the saloon promises a light and airy ambience that still feels connected to the outside world.

With a good balance of function and elegance, Red's design director, Cana Gökhan, has compared the Aluna 87 to a Swiss Army knife.

Accommodation is for a maximum of eight guests, with a full-beam owner’s suite that can be converted into separate suites thanks to partition walls. The en suite attached to one cabin can also function as a dayhead, proving the versatility of this model.

Crew and guest operations are separate from each other, with capacity for a total of four crew.

The Aluna 87 will have a beam of 7.45 metres and a shallow draft of 1.85 metres that will make her well-suited to coastal cruising grounds.

The yacht will be built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with twin 2 X Cat c12.9 1000HP engines set to provide a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots.

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