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Turkish boat builders create world's longest steel and aluminium yacht below 500GT

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A Turkish yacht design company has created the longest steel and aluminium yacht below 500GT in the world.

Turkish boat builder Alia Yachts recently revealed the anticipated Al Waab II after it faced a challenging two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the team, the 55-metre superyacht is one of the most exciting vessels that Antalya-based Alia Yachts has produced to date.

“We’re very proud of Al Waab II. We believe it is the longest steel and aluminium yacht below 500GT in the world, setting a new standard in external and internal volumes offered to a client in this category.” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik.

“Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”

The 500GT threshold was met by emphasising the hull form and exterior areas, which includes a sprawling beach club, six staterooms sleeping 12 and a split-level master suite on the upper deck.

The exterior and interior of Al Waab II was designed by yacht design studio Vripack, which also developed the engineering and naval architecture.

Built in Antalya, Turkey, Al Waab II is the first superyacht to be launched from the new 2,000-tonne capacity ship lift, part of a wider investment by the Antalya Free Zone into its yachtbuilding infrastructure that includes bigger cranes and travel lifts as well as new hangars for superyacht construction and refit projects.

Once outfitting is complete, Al Waab II will undergo sea trials before delivery to her owner.

The official World debut will take place late September 2021.

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