She’s christened Samurai, and she’s a 197-footer (60-meter) bearing the fast-displacement hull form that proves fuel efficiency can be achieved even at higher speeds. She’s the first such megayacht from Alia Yachts.
The yard, in Antalya, Turkey, builds all-custom craft in the 98- to 197-foot (30- to 60-meter) market, both power and sail. (On a side note, its interiors division, aptly called Alia Interiors, serves as a subcontractor to other yards.) Samurai is the result of a collaboration with Van Oossanen Naval Architects, which pioneered the above-named hull design. Alia Yachts expects the megayacht to max out at 21 knots under MTU power. The yard further expects Samurai to burn less fuel compared to comparably sized semi-displacement yachts, based on extensive tank tests.
Complementing the spirited performance is the sleek styling by Omega Architects, plus an equally bold approach to the interior. Samurai’s owners requested all guest staterooms and the master suite be on the main deck. The decor, here and in other relaxation areas, is meant to mimic a modern high-end home. Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows in the saloon just aft should make Samurai feel even more inviting. Though it’s hard to detect in the photo above, there’s smoked glass inserted beneath the side-deck rails, too. This keeps vistas as uninterrupted as possible.
Placing all staterooms on the main deck means that the galley gets relocated below decks aboard Samurai. But it places the cooking area in proximity to cold and dry stowage rooms, plus of course the crew’s quarters.
Samurai additionally features a gym below decks, near the beach club. She totes two Smuggler tenders for extra on-water fun in an aft tender garage, too.