Superyacht of the Week: Alia Yachts' beautiful superyacht Rüya

Written by Charl van Rooy

Alia Yachts have for some time now been in the business of building high quality yachts. With their latest launch however, the Turkish yacht builder have taken this philosophy to another level. The fully custom 41.30 metre superyacht Rüya, meaning ‘Dream’ in Turkish, is the shipyard’s latest pride and joy, and is a bold statement proving that they have nothing to hide.

Photos by Jeff Brown / Breed Media

Launched in July 2015 at Alia Yacht’s facility in Antalya, Turkey, Rüya is a high volume tri deck motor yacht built to Lloyd Register with a Gross Tonnage of 499 GT. The owner’s brief was one of simplicity, calling for a functional and timeless design that would allow the family to use their yacht anywhere in the world.

Designer Sam Sorgiovanni achieved this by creating a stylish and well proportioned exterior while keeping areas fresh and open to be enjoyed through a variety of uses. Rüya shows of with a high freeboard and wide beam that is just shy of nine metres. The full use of GRP in the construction of the vessel means Sorgiovanni’s curved shapes could be executed at the hands of Alia’s skilled craftsmen.

Once on board it is hard to believe that Rüya is in fact under the 42 metre mark. A fabulous 93 square metre sundeck is space often found only on 50 metre plus vessels, with a 10 person Jacuzzi, full bar and large family dining area rounding off the pleasantries found on the top-most deck.

Bridge deck aft offers guests the perfect location for formal sunset dining experiences in a comfortable setting not very unlike found on the interior, with high quality furnishings and fittings aplenty.

A relaxed forward area can be found on the foredeck where guests can escape and enjoy the panoramic views while sipping in a freshly made cocktail served by Rüya’s dedicated crew.

Inside, Sorgiovanni’s handy work continues, where the owner’s vision of a relaxed and tranquil tropical beach environment has been realised. The textures of the various blends of exotic woods, bamboo and other natural materials such as masonry and leather indulges the senses of smell, touch and sight.

Custom furnishings throughout the yacht is just another indicator of the level of uniqueness that is on offer through Alia Yachts’ creations.

A large separate owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck. Here, a tasteful mix of design elements come together to create a true domestic-feel about the space where the owner will be able to enjoy his time on board his new home-away-from-home. A full beam walk through en suite bathroom is placed forward of the accommodation area, with large windows on either side enhancing the spacious feeling within the suite.

Four further guest cabins can be found downstairs on lower deck, making for a total of 10 guests’ accommodation on board Rüya.

Back outside, Rüya offers a splendid beach deck where guests can unwind or embark on an underwater adventure via a large hydraulically operated submergible staircase, which also doubles as the quay-side passarelle when moored stern-to.

The masters at Van Oossanen Naval Architects developed the engineering and below-waterline specifications of the vessel. Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines, Rüya is capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a range of 4,116 nm while cruising at 10 knots.

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