At Omega, we were thrilled to see SuperyachtTimes choose Virgen Del Mar VI, carrying our exterior design and built by ALIA Yachts, as Superyacht of the Week.
8 November 2018 13:00 SuperYacht of the Week
Charl van Rooy
The world of fully-custom 30-metre motor yachts is a small one and we only see a handful of these projects each year that can rightfully be described as a ‘one-off’. On the back of its successful 60-metre motor yacht Samurai that was completed in 2016, Turkish shipyard Alia Yachts decided to apply the same bespoke philosophy to its latest project. The 31-metre Virgen del Mar VI has quickly become one of our favourite yachts of the year in this entry-level size range and here we will show you why.
“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, Go?khan C?elik. At 235 gross tonnes, Virgen del Mar VI is no small yacht. Despite her sleek profile, it is that beam of 7.4 metres that provides the bulk of the interior space as well as limited deck space on the main deck and an overall clever layout.
For this project, the same design team that was behind the development of Samurai was summoned to continue the familiar look that Alia’s flagship has brought to the market. With Omega Architects in charge of the exterior design and British studio RWD taking the lead on the inside of the yacht, Project Nozomi (as she was known during the build) was in good hands right from the start. Local Turkish office, Unique Yacht Design also contributed to the project as naval architects. So successful was the development of the yacht’s design that Alia Yachts have now started construction on an identical second hull, turning what once was a one-off project into an exclusive semi-production series; a first for the shipyard.
Virgen del Mar VI’s owners not only wanted a spacious yacht, but one that they could take on longer voyages and spend more time on at anchor. Comfort and cruising go hand in hand and Omega Architects achieved a stable ride by making the hull shape as efficient as possible. “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,” says Omega Principal, Frank Laupman. “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.”
Deck spaces are simple and highly functional with most outdoor features concentrated on the flybridge. Apart from serving as an outdoor navigation deck, the flybridge features a conventional informal dining area to port with a massive built-in sunbathing lounge toward the stern that is on a sunken level relative to the rest of the deck for added privacy.
The clean lines of the exterior profile are continued in all deck areas with few obstructive elements in the design.
One level down on the main deck, the reasonably sized aft deck accommodates a second outdoor dining area that is built into the transom structure and forms the perfect spot for hosting intimate family dinners when at anchor. [...]
In terms of accommodation, Virgen del Mar VI has a common layout with an on-deck master suite and four guest staterooms (two twin and two double) on the lower deck. As a result of the wrap-around main deck, the master suite has direct access to the outdoors with sliding doors on either side of the cabin, allowing the owners to reach their private deck lounge on the foredeck without any fuss.
The lower deck accommodations are finished in the same style and have been meticulously laid out with extended stays on board in mind. “The guest spaces themselves were optimised over a long period to ensure each was as well-organised as possible.”