Bigger is not always better!

On Tuesday October 30th, Sadie Whitleocks wrote the following for Mail Online:

Bigger's not always better!

Inside the newest 'pocket superyacht' from a Turkish shipyard which is more compact but will still set you back over £1.2million
- The Virgen del Mar VI, built by Turkish shipyard Alia for a private client, measures 31 metres long
- It includes five stylish bedrooms to accommodate ten passengers and plenty of room to entertain
- A designer who was behind the superyacht's exterior design described it as an 'elegant lady of the seas'

It's certainly not pocket-sized but in the world of luxury yachting this smaller-than-average vessel is referred to as a 'pocket superyacht'.

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The Virgen del Mar VI, built by Turkish shipyard Alia for a private client, measures 31 metres long while the biggest superyacht in the world, the Azzam, measures six times this in comparison.

Despite its compact build, the makers of the Virgen del Mar VI say that it's surprisingly roomy inside and newly-released photographs reveals its luxurious interiors, with five stylish bedrooms to accommodate ten passengers and plenty of room to entertain

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There is no word on how much the superyacht sold for, but the previous Virgen del Mar model, measuring 26.1 metres, was listed for almost £1.2 million.

Photos show how the steel and aluminium vessel features floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lounge area, with minimalist interiors completing the slick look.

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The main deck also features a state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry to store supplies.

Meanwhile, in the bow of the boat there is a bright and airy master cabin and bathroom, finished with natural stone and antique brass fixtures and fittings.

Photos show how the steel and aluminium vessel features floor-to-ceiling windows in the main lounge area, with minimalist interiors completing the slick look.

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For those wishing to indulge in a spot of sunbathing, there is a large lounge area on the yacht's top deck, with a seated table to allow for al fresco dining

Since it was delivered to its owner in July, the luxury vessel has been sailing between Spain and Turkey

Moving down to the lower deck via a spiral staircase boasting illuminated steps, there are four more double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

For those wishing to indulge in a spot of sunbathing, there is a large lounge area on the yacht's top deck, with a seated table to allow for al fresco dining.

To help passengers to get into the party spirit of things, there is also a full bar waiting to be stocked.

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Since it was delivered to its owner in July, the luxury vessel has been sailing between Spain and Turkey.

Along with ten passengers, there is space on the yacht to accommodate six crew members.

Commenting on the boat's design, Alia's president Gökhan Çelik said: 'There are plenty of 30-metre yachts out there, but most are production boats and none of them offer quite the same volume and degree of customisation or bespoke design features.

The yacht was customised to meet the owner's requirements. [...] Along with ten passengers, there is space on the yacht to accommodate six crew members

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The main saloon features a dining area and circular seating area for post-dinner relaxation. Large windows mean the interior is flooded with natural light.

In the yacht's lower deck there are four more double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. 'There's nothing quite like her in her size on the market.'

Meanwhile, Frank Laupman the principal at Omega Architects, which crafted the exterior design described the Virgen del Mar VI as an 'elegant lady of the seas'.

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He concluded: 'Very few 30-metre yachts have the same feeling of space and amenities usually associated with much larger superyachts. The client's brief was to create a yacht with larger than anticipated proportions in every space, using all available means to achieve that goal. This meant optimising technical spaces, using efficient joinery detailing and storage, maximizing the layout, and making the best use of light and space to simply give the impression of a bigger yacht.'

To help passengers to get into the party spirit of things, there is also a full bar on the yacht's outer deck.
The main floor features an outside decking area which can be accessed via sliding doors from the lounge

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Photo credit: Jeff Brown / Breed Media

The full article is here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6329023/Biggers-not-better-Inside-newest-pocket-superyacht.html