It’s increasingly rare to find a fully custom yacht in the 130-foot size range. But that is exactly what Rüya is. This 135’5” (41.29-meter) all-composite megayacht launched at Alia Yachts this week.
If you’ve never heard of Alia Yachts, you’re not alone. The yard, in Antalya, Turkey, has been keeping a low profile since being established a few years ago. There is experience in the house, though. Its president, Gokhan Celik, was previously affiliated with yet another Turkish yard, Peri Yachts. It’s focused on all-custom craft in the 98- to 197-foot (30- to 60-meter) market, both power and sail. Related to this, Alia Interiors, the in-house furnishings division, is also supplying megayacht interiors to other shipyards.
Rüya is one of four megayachts currently in build at Alia Yachts. Rüya’s owners, experienced cruisers, signed the contract two years ago and will take delivery in September. They assembled a team including Sam Sorgiovanni Designs for styling and interiors and Van Oossanen Naval Architects for naval architecture. They wanted Rüya to be in the size range listed above while simultaneously being beamy and voluminous.
With a beam of 29’4” (8.95 meters) and coming in at 499 gross tons, Rüya is arguably in a class of her own. Sam Sorgiovanni agrees. “There is no question that the volume and beam of the yacht creates the feeling of being on a much bigger yacht, with its fully custom design unique for a vessel in this size range,” he explains.“The interior layout and sophisticated decor along with the exterior design combine to create a compact superyacht that defies its length.”
As for that decor, Rüya is much like a casual beach resort. We don’t have photos quite yet, but if you’ll attend the Monaco Yacht Show, you can see it in person. Sorgiovanni incorporated bamboo and other natural materials, including textured wood. Rüya has five staterooms (including the main-deck master suite), with two cabins containing pullman berths for extra friends or family. A crew of 10 are housed aboard, too.
Another “must” for the owners was abundant alfresco space, since they enjoy spending their time outdoors. Surely the sundeck aboard Rüya will therefore get good use. A 10-person hot tub and a bar are among the attractions on the 1,001-square-foot (93-square-meter) expanse. Rüya also has a beach club for close-to-the-water enjoyment.
The Lloyd’s-classed and MCA-compliant Rüya should further be able to take the owners where they want to go. Sea trials are expected to confirm a top end of 14 knots and best cruise of 10 knots under Caterpillar power. The latter speed should allow a 4,116-nautical-mile range, too.