At 180 feet (55 meters), Al Waab II is quite unlike most megayachts beneath the 500-gross-ton mark. However, “The focus is not just on the volume itself, but how you use the volume, with the purpose of giving maximum enjoyment to the owner,” explains Bart Bouwhuis, co-creative director of Vripack. “We don’t waste any space, anywhere.”
Indeed, Bouwhuis says the design and build team carefully analyzed space utilization, “gaining 10 cm depth here, raising the ceilings by another 3 cm there.” In combination with extensive use of glass and wide-open interior and alfresco areas, Al Waab II looks and feels airy.
The owner confirmed this personally this summer. In fact, he stepped aboard for the first time one month after her hull and superstructure joined in July. “The owner was really surprised by how much volume has been created and the sense of large, open space,” Francesco Pitea, CEO at SF Yachts and the owner’s representative, asserts.
Al Waab II has some significantly noteworthy areas, some which you can tour virtually through the video here. For starters, the aft deck is larger than most yachts of her size. Additionally, it cascades down to the swim platform. Although the video doesn’t reveal it opening, a fold-down balcony complements the main interior dining area. This creates more inside-outside appeal. An art wall runs alongside the central interior floating stairway, too. Finally, six staterooms accommodate the owner’s family, with the master suite occupying two levels on the upper deck.
Two of three decks are complete at this stage. The hull will get a top coat of paint next month. Furthermore, since the shipyard lost some time due to COVID-19, it’s gaining back some by lining up cabling outside of the yacht, in a dedicated shed. The shipyard says this will let it run literally miles of cable in less than a week.
The owner of Al Waab II should take delivery in July 2021. Enjoy this look around her decks.
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