Alia Yachts wrote the following for Powerboat-World.com
Following delivery to her owner in early July, the 31-metre pocket superyacht immediately started to enjoy a glorious summer between Spain and Turkey.
Built of steel and aluminium for global cruising with an impressive range. At 235 gross tons M/Y Virgen del Mar VI has equally remarkable volume for her size.
"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," says Alia President Gökhan Çelik. "There's nothing quite like her in her size on the market."
To date Alia Yachts has focused on custom production, but Virgen del Mar VI's enthusiastic reception by owners and brokers has convinced the shipyard to expand the technical platform into a semi-custom series. With hull number two already in production, the company fully expects to announce further deliveries in the near future:
"Virgen del Mar VI started as a one-off project, but we have great interestto build further units with fully customisable interiors," says Gökhan Çelik. "We're also developing a 37-metre and 50-metre version based on the same platform."
Frank Laupman, Principal at Omega Architects, on the exterior design
At Omega Architects, we gave Virgen del Mar VI (ex. Project Nozomi) a distinctive raised pilothouse profile and dressed her in strong horizontal and vertical lines to emphasise her length and reflect her sturdy, resolute character.
Our signature style with sleek, flowing lines can be recognised in the yacht's softly angled overhangs aft and forward, providing elegance as well as functionality.
We also optimised the waterline length with a plumb bow and a narrow entry for more efficiency at higher displacement speeds for an impressive cruising range of 4,500 nm.
A perfect area to enjoy long summer days and evenings is the comfortable widebody sun deck on the fly bridge, which sports a large shaded dining and lounge area with a full bar – all arranged behind the helm station to be close to the action while cruising. Aft is a spacious sun bathing area offering panoramic views.
An important part of our design philosophy is the feeling of an inside/outside connection, and to increase the superyacht experience we let in natural light and offer views where ever possible. For example, full-height windows in the main salon/ dining room provide unimpeded views through the glass cutaways in the bulwarks.
The full beam owner's suite forward also features full-height windows and similar cutaways that blur the borders between inside and outside, while the side doors offer private access to the companionways and lounge area on the foredeck.
I felt very lucky to have had the chance to visit the yacht at the Alia shipyard before her delivery. I was truly impressed by the achievement of the yard's highly skilled craftsmen, who were able to turn our design ideas into three-dimensional reality and build this elegant lady of the seas.
The collaboration with Alia was a rewarding experience for Omega Architects and we look forward to realising more ideas together in the future. And last but not least, we congratulate the discerning owner and wish him many years of joy onboard Virgen Del Mar VI. [...}
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