Ten years after Alia Yachts opened its doors in Antalya, Turkey, it’s delivered its 10th custom megayacht. But, Virgen del Mar VI is more than a feather in its cap. Because she proves that a 100-footer (30.5-meter) can rival the volume of a bigger boat, she’s inspired a series. What’s more, that series has attracted letters of intent from new clients.
Coming in at 235 gross tons, the steel-hulled Virgen del Mar VI stands apart from most yachts in her LOA range. In fact, some superyachts somewhat larger than her aren’t even of this volume. Furthermore, nearly all of them are production-built or semi-custom, and of fiberglass. Virgen del Mar VI is an entirely custom yacht, whose styling is by Omega Architects and interior is by RWD.
A raised-pilothouse design, the megayacht not only has a main-deck master, she also provides the owners with a private alfresco area. It’s accessible via two glass doors in their stateroom (one to each side). To let them enjoy the views while still in their stateroom, which encompasses about 275 square feet (22.5 square meters), Virgen del Mar VI has cut-outs in her bulwarks. The same design detail appears aft, by the saloon. To keep the atmosphere inside bright and casual, the owners selected light oak with dark sycamore and hand-cast bronze accents.
Guests, who have four staterooms, can enjoy the alfresco ambiance on the main deck or aft of the wheelhouse. There’s 538 square feet (50 square meters) of usable space here, for lounging or sunning.
Interestingly, according to Alia Yachts’ president, Gökhan Çelik, Virgen del Mar VI intrigued visiting brokers and clients prior to her delivery in July. That intrigued turned into inquiries for similar yachts. Therefore, Alia Yachts has letters of intent for additional similar yachts. More than a one-length series, though, the yard will offer 121- and 164-foot (37- and 50-meter) versions, too. All will have similar technical platforms. As for Virgen del Mar VI, she has twin 650-hp Yanmars that reportedly permit a 14-knot top speed.
The yard anticipates those letters of intent to lead to construction soon enough. In the meantime, its furniture shop is working on in-house projects as well as other yards’ projects. The latter includes White Rabbit, just launched by Australia’s Echo Yachts.