Alia Yachts is intent on delivering on a promise it made a year ago. It has started construction on a big-volume, modest-size megayacht, project Nozomi II, on spec. She represents a series inspired by customer interest in high gross tonnage within a relatively compact length.
Last year, Alia delivered Project Nozomi, which became Virgen del Mar VI (pictured). At 100 feet (30.5 meters), she bears an impressive gross tonnage of 235. This, in combination with styling by Omega Architects and naval architecture by Van Oossanen, caught the attention of several potential clients.
“I said at the time that there was nothing quite like Virgen del Mar VI on the water,” says Gökhan Çelik, Alia Yachts’ CEO. “That’s still true, at least until the launch of Nozomi II, which is very much an evolution of the same concept but with some significant upgrades.” Among those upgrades, the length. Nozomi II measures slightly larger, at 106 feet (32.4 meters). She has bigger volume, too, 240 gross tons. These changes accommodate more closet space for guests, a laundry in the garage, and a bigger galley.
Yet another change, Nozomi II has a flared bow. “Vertical bows look great and provide extra waterline length,” Çelik explains. “But, they’re not as efficient as deflecting spray as a flared bow in choppy or rough seas.” Since Nozomi II has a foredeck seating area, spray deflection is even more important, he adds. Therefore, Van Oossanen modified the hull design compared to Virgen del Mar VI. With Alia Yachts, the naval-architecture team also modified her for twin 760-hp Caterpillar diesels, instead of 650-hp Yanmars. This should allow a best range close to 4,000 nautical miles.
Otherwise, though, Nozomi II has the features that megayachts in the 100-foot range typically do. For example, four guest staterooms—two twins and two doubles—sit below decks. The master stateroom is forward on the main deck, further including a private alfresco area. Buyers are free to select their preferred interior designer, though. They’re also free to outfit areas like the 538-square-foot (50-square-meter) lounging and sunning area aft of the raised pilothouse.
Delivery is set for 2021.
Alia Yachts aliayachts.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl
Omega Architects omega-architects.com