Rising demand for its ‘custom’ 16m fast dayboat has encouraged Turkish builder Alia Yachts to go into semi-production with the Bill Dixon-designed vessel
It was meant to be a one-off build to satisfy the needs of an important client, but the success of its custom fast dayboat project, has spurred superyacht builder Alia Yachts to take its 16m boat into semi-production.
Best known for its custom superyachts such as 60m Samurai, 41m Ruya and 31m Virgen del Mar, in 2014 Alia Yachts had received an enquiry from a private customer looking to build a fast dayboat that he couldn’t find among existing production models.
“Building small, one-off boats is a very different business for a superyacht builder like Alia Yachts,” admits Gökhan Çelik, founder and chairman of the Antalya-based brand. “If the enquiry hadn’t come from an important client, I would probably have turned down the request.”
Instead, Çelik approached Bill Dixon Design in the UK, to develop the naval architecture, exterior and interior design together with Alia Yachts.
“If the enquiry hadn’t come from an important client, I would probably have turned down the request”
“At the time, a typical open-style dayboat just had a small bimini over the helm station, but little or no shade for the guests: what was missing was a rigid hardtop that comfortably covered both the helm station and the cockpit,” says Bill Dixon. “We came up with a 16m design that brings the main salon and galley out on deck, but is with a large fibreglass hardtop, so guests aren’t forced to sit out in the sun all day.”
In addition to the galley / bar unit behind the pilots seats and dinette, the dayboat has large outdoor spaces, ample sunbathing space both fore and aft, a spacious double cabin below deck with en-suite bathroom and shower, and a second galley with sink and fridge. Powered by twin Volvo IPS 650 units, the boat has a top speed of 35+ knots, upto 40 knots with bigger engine alternatives offered.
According to Alia, the original client was delighted with the result and two more 16m boats were sold in quick succession, although the product has never been properly marketed as the shipyard continues to focus on its superyacht projects.
That now looks set to change as Alia Yachts is currently in discussions with an American client for a fourth unit and fielding other enquiries from Europe, South America and the U.S.
“With hindsight we’ve realised our 16m dayboat is bigger and better with more amenities than other brands in the same price range,” concludes Çelik. “We’re not looking to turn it into a full production model, but we are ready to build a mini-series for discerning owners in the market for a niche product with great looks and good performance.”