After a challenging two-year contract time, Antalya-based yacht builder Alia Yachts has launched its new 55-meter superyacht Al Waab II. She is the longest steel and aluminum vessel below 500GT in the world and the first superyacht to be launched from the new 2,000-tonne capacity ship lift.
We’re very proud of Al Waab II. We believe it is the longest steel and aluminium yacht below 500GT in the world, setting a new standard in external & internal volumes offered to a client in this category. Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia. – Gökhan Çelik, Alia President
The yacht’s design and engineering were performed by Vripack and Dubai-based SF Yachts serving as the owner’s representative during the build. Al Waab II can accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms and includes a lavish split-level master suite on the upper deck.
The owner wanted a customised yacht that feels modern, fresh and most importantly like a home, and by that he means comfort, space, luxury, privacy and stability at sea. The amount of outdoor space and the simplicity of the layout makes a big difference to the owner’s enjoyment of his yacht. It’s a dream moment after two years of hard work. We at SF Yachts couldn’t be more proud of Al Waab II and the amazing collaborations with Vripak and Alia. – Francesco Pitea, CEO of SF Yachts
After the outfitting is complete, Al Waab II will undergo sea trials before being delivered to her owner. The official World debut will take place late September 2021.