Turkish superyacht yard Alia Yachts has launched a 16 metre dayboat mini-series. Despite being best known for superyachts such as the 31 metre Virgen del Mar VI and 50 metre Samurai. Alia Yachts received an enquiry from a private customer looking to build a fast dayboat that he couldn’t find among existing production models. “Building small, one-off boats is a very different business for a superyacht builder like Alia Yachts,” admits Gökhan Çelik, founder and chairman of the Antalya-based brand. “If the enquiry hadn’t come from an important client, I would probably have turned down the request.”

When it came to designing the dayboat, the yard contacted Dixon Yacht Design, citing the studio’s “strong track record in the powerboat sector.”

“We came up with a 16m design that brings the main salon and galley out on deck, but is with a large fibreglass hardtop, so guests aren’t forced to sit out in the sun all day.” In addition to the galley / bar unit behind the pilots seats and comfy dinette, the stylish dayboat 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.

Power comes from twin Volvo IPS 650 units for a top speed of over 35 knots. Fitted with bigger engine alternatives, the boat would be able to exceed 40 knots.

The result “delighted” the client and has resulted in the sale of two more models. The yard is now discussing a fourth order and is receiving further requests from Europe, South America and the US.  Discover Opulent Club on Apple News.

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