March 13, 2019

Project: Alia 16m Fast Runabout

Best known for its custom super yachts such as 60m Samurai, 41m Ruya and 31m Virgen del Mar, in 2014 Alia Yachts received an inquiry from a private customer looking to build a fast day boat that he couldn’t find among existing production models. Instead, Çelik approached Bill Dixon Design in the U.K., which has a strong track record in the powerboat sector, to develop the naval architecture, exterior and interior design together with Alia Yachts. In addition to the galley and bar unit behind the pilots seats and comfy dinette, the stylish day boat has unparalleled outdoor spaces, ample sunbathing space both fore and aft, a spacious double cabin below deck with en-suite bathroom and shower, and a second galley with sink and fridge. Powered by twin Volvo engines with IPS pod drives, the boat has a top speed of 35 plus knots, and up to forty knots with bigger engine alternatives offered. Alia Yachts took care to build the boat with the same attention to detail lavished on its super yachts. The original client was delighted with the result and two more were sold in quick succession, although the product has never been properly marketed as the shipyard continues to focus on its super yacht projects. That now looks set to change as Alia Yachts is currently in discussions with an American client for a fourth unit and fielding other enquiries from Europe, South America and the U.S.

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