Living on the water

Al Waab II

For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting. But when industry standards and regulatory constraints come into play that simple vision is often lost. Not so for the owner of Vripack’s new 55m yacht, whose desire to use his boat as a family apartment became the founding principle of the entire design. Underpinned by the Dutch studio’s engineering expertise and inexhaustive creativity, the result is the very essence of living on the water.

Renowned for a holistic approach to design, the interior, exterior, naval architecture and engineering all derive from Vripack’s design boards. Virtual reality was used to fine-tune the turnkey solution, enhancing the owner’s understanding of space planning, sight lines and layout all from the comfort of his home in the Middle East.

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“The virtual reality was a big surprise to the owner, and he loved it because it made it so easy to understand the space and its interaction with the outdoors – far more so than renderings and sketches. Ultimately that resulted in the entire design working in such a way that it exceeded his expectations.”

BART M. BOUWHUIS – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Design emphasis has been put on the yacht’s vast exterior areas and structural elements have been kept to a minimum to allow unobstructed views of the sea. The intimate family areas, including a drop-down bulwark in the cosy dining area, are paired with an almost endless owner’s aft deck.

Due to her main dimensions, the comfort rating has been increased by 40% compared to other 500GT vessels, ensuring excellent seaworthiness and comfort at sea while greatly reducing sea sickness incidence. In addition, the elongated hull design has a Bahama draft of 2,1m allowing her to travel safely in shallow waters. The efficient lines plan of the optimised hull uses around 35% less fuel than other 500GT vessels at the same speeds, increasing her range with the same amount.

Geometric lines shape the open-plan interior and the minimum of fixed furniture contributes to the homey atmosphere. An exposed floating staircase featuring a semi-transparent art installation ascends all the way to the sun deck. The owner’s suite benefits from a split-level bathroom, open-plan stairs, and a private 4m pool on the foredeck. The entire design is pulled together by the sprawling beach club with direct connection to the water to heighten the onboard experience.

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“I am thrilled to have selected three companies of such pedigree and calibre in the yachting sector to work with. I am very much looking forward to the build being complete in the near future, and keenly await the day when I can experience life on board and travel the world with my family and friends.”

OWNER – AL WAAB II

SPECIFICATIONS

Current name Al Waab II
Design number 7648
Length 54.85 M
Beam 9.10 M
Draft 2.20 M
Designer Vripack
Naval Architect Vripack
Structural Engineering Vripack
Mechanical Engineering Vripack
Interior Design Vripack
Yard Alia Yachts
Owners rep. & manager SF Yachts
Type of vessel Displacement Motor Yacht
Hull type Displacement
Material Steel / aluminum
Classification RINA, unrestricted navigation
Engine 2x C18 C-rating 533kW at 2100rpm
Speed (cruising/max) 10 / 12.5 kts
Fuel capacity 51,488 ltrs
Fresh water capacity 17,272 ltrs
Grey / black water capacity 16,587 ltrs
Owner & Guest 18 / 12 (private / commercial)
Crew 10 / 8 (private / commercial)
Tenders / Toys  6.5m & 4m tender