BY Anna Cummins on 23 Aug 2023

The new yacht will be based in Miami, and is designed for cool cruising and outdoor entertainment

Alia Yachts Starts Construction on 43m Raised Pilothouse Superyacht (2)

Turkish luxury boatbuilder Alia Yachts has started construction of a new 43-metre raised pilothouse project, with the exterior lines penned by that yard’s long-term design partners Omega Architects.

In-build for a client based in Miami, Alia Yachts says the superyacht’s design is styled around the relaxed, open-air lifestyle in Florida and the Bahamas.

Omega says it has deliberately kept the profile low-rise and sleek with a menacing pelican-beak bow, helped by the raised pilothouse layout spread over two-and-a-half decks.

“She’s a combination of speedy and rugged,” says Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. “The idea came from the owner and shipyard. There’s never a dull moment at Alia with such a dedicated owner and motivated team. You really get the feeling they really want to do the best for their clients.”

Alia Yachts Starts Construction on 43m Raised Pilothouse Superyacht (2)

With ample al fresco areas that include lounging and sunbathing on the aft deck, the foredeck, and the sundeck that also has a hottub, the new design takes the raised pilothouse configuration and stretches it to 42 metres and 380GT.

The all-aluminium vessel has a shallow Bahamas draft and a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) by Van Oossanen, another of Alia’s Dutch design partners. The FDHF outperforms conventional displacement and semi-displacement hull forms at low, cruising and maximum speeds by providing high efficiency throughout the power curve.

“The distinguishing features of this hull form – such as fine entry, shallow transom and the spray rail in the bow – lead to fuel-efficient cruising, outstanding top-end performance and relatively low engine power,” says studio principal Perry van Oossanen. “Together with the low draft of 2.1 metres, this is a very competitive player in the US market.”

Alia Yachts Starts Construction on 43m Raised Pilothouse Superyacht

The interior comprises four guest suites on the lower deck and a master stateroom with a walk-in wardrobe on the main deck forward. The lower deck has space for seven crew as well as a gym and side-loading tender garage. The interior design is by newcomers Yodezeen, a pair of designers from Kyiv with a studio in Miami.

“We can optimistically anticipate a strong welcome for this kind of fast but economical yacht with lots of cool outdoor spaces,” says Gökhan Çelik, Alia Yachts‘ president. “The raised pilothouse concept has been overlooked of late, especially when you get over 40 metres, and I think this yacht just fits Miami.”

Powered by twin MTU TIER III 16V 2000 M96L main engines, Alia says the yacht will have a top speed in excess of 22.5 knots and a range of 3,200nm at 12 knots. It is scheduled for delivery in summer 2024 and will make its debut at the autumn boat shows.

In November 2021, Alia Yachts delivered PHI Phantom, which is the “chase boat” for the 58.5m Phi, launched by Royal Huisman the same year. PHI Phantom now follows PHI around the world, carrying a range of toys and tenders.

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