Teasing glimpses are hinting at the looks that Alia Yachts’ San will have upon delivery in a few years. The Turkish shipyard has signed a contract for the all-aluminum project. Though details are scarce, she will be the largest megayacht to date to employ Volvo Penta’s IPS system.
Alia Yachts, which recently delivered the striking Al Waab, is working with Lateral Naval Architects and Sinor Yacht Architecture & Design for the unusual project. She’s unusual firstly for just how open she is. Paul Costerus, Sinot’s partner and lead designer, says, “She features a fully open main deck all the way from the stern to the bow, without any major visual obstacles.” Even though obviously Alia Yachts’ San has a superstructure, it, too, doesn’t impede sightlines. “The superstructure is constructed of full-height glass facades and has sliding doors both aft and forward,” Costerus explains.
Additionally, Alia Yachts’ San has an unexpected general arrangement, especially for a 148-footer (45-meter). Typically, owners want their staterooms forward on the main deck. However, this particular owner is putting the master suite below decks, with the four guest staterooms. It, along with other notable features, resulted from “long and in-depth conversations,” Costerus says.
The interior and exterior design have layers of details within a minimalistic initial appearance, too. Alfresco dining tables, for example, convert to host cocktails at night. Meanwhile, sunning spots convert as well, into cozy seating arrangements. Even the main aft-deck, a sun lounge setup, transforms. The crew can fold both bulwarks down, thereby expanding the usable living and social space.
The build and design teams should release further details on the design as work progresses on the raised-pilothouse motoryacht. For now, though, the propulsion system is actually a historic moment. Alia Yachts’ San will employ quadruple Volvo Penta IPS drives. This system consumes about 30 percent less fuel and emits 30 percent fewer emissions than traditional shaft propulsion. In addition, it creates about 50 percent less noise, and boosts range by about 40 percent. Furthermore, IPS makes a yacht more maneuverable. In 2017, Amer Yachts launched the then-largest IPS-eqipped megayacht, the 97-foot Amer Cento Quad. Then, last September, it launched the Amer 120. She will hold the title of the world’s largest IPS-powered yacht until Alia Yachts’ San slips into the water.
Alia Yachts aliayachts.com
Lateral Naval Architects lateral.engineering
Sinor Yacht Architecture & Design sinot.com