A Glimpse Into One of the Most Exquisite Superyachts Coming in 2025

The 180-foot Kilij could be completed by 2025 if it finds a buyer soon enough 22 photos
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Kilij is a name worth remembering – once completed, it will officially become one of the most sophisticated bespoke megayachts. For now, it's still a project waiting for a bold customer with nearly $30 million to spare.
The superyacht market is incredibly dynamic. Complex vessels worth tens of millions are already being built and will be delivered to their lucky owners next year. Others are still waiting for their first owners. Someone who decides to have a superyacht built from scratch starting now will have to wait at least two years for the finished product. But it's worth the wait.

Kilij promises the shortest construction time possible, considering its mammoth dimensions and state-of-the-art complexities. This four-decker is an enormous 180-footer (54.85 meters) that would typically take much longer to build. However, it reaps all the benefits of being the sistership of a proven design that is currently in operation and that has won numerous awards.

In other words, Kilij is a safe bet and one that's worth €26.9 million (just under $30 million). It comes from Alia Yachts, a modern Turkey-based superyacht builder with a solid reputation and lightning-fast ascension.

Photo: Christie Yachts
At first glance, Kilij is a perfectly balanced mix of spaciousness and seaworthiness. At 180 feet, it manages to stay just under the 500 GT threshold. This volume mark is important because it delineates different yacht classifications. Those above this threshold need to comply with more stringent, ship-like requirements, and this also makes them much more expensive for the owners.

At the same time, Kilij boasts a narrow beam and a draft of just 2.1 meters (6.8 feet). This allows the massive pleasure craft to make its way smoothly through places like the Bahamas, which are only suitable for shallow cruising. Right from the start, Kilij presents itself as a massive, spacious yacht that stays manageable in terms of classification and operational costs and that can reach places that other superyachts can't.

Plus, Kilij does magic in terms of onboard spaciousness. State-of-the-art design allows it to offer more than 40 percent exterior space compared to similar yachts under the 500 GT mark. Last but not least, it combines a steel displacement hull with an aluminum superstructure for guaranteed durability and optimal stability while cruising and at anchor.

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Kilij uses the same successful formula as the prestigious Al Waab. Two years ago, this Alia Yachts masterpiece was making waves, and rightly so. It claimed to be the world's longest steel and aluminum yacht under 500 GT. It was custom-built for a wealthy, mysterious owner who literally wanted a home away from home. Superyachts are often described as floating mansions, but Al Waab was to be one.

The owner wanted a large and comfortable pleasure craft for the whole family. It was the ultra-luxurious and refined version of an enjoyable family yacht. Another impressive detail was that the bespoke vessel was built in a record time of just two years, which included the dreaded beginning of the global pandemic.
Even with this huge obstacle ahead, the Turkish shipyard delivered the ambitious build in time. More specifically, Al Waab was ready in just 25 months – a record time for any yacht this size, particularly for a custom one.

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The name "Al Waab" can be roughly translated as a sanctuary or an oasis. The Arab word describes an enclosed space where one feels totally safe. The Al Waab superyacht was an engineering masterpiece and a stunning display of luxury. It revealed a lavish, split-level master suite on the upper deck and five elegant staterooms that could accommodate up to 12 guests.

Due to this placement, the master suite was connected to an adjacent 13-foot (3.9-meter) swimming pool. Another stand-out feature was the oversized swim platform that was fully enclosed. It was much bigger than what you'd find on a yacht this size and was connected to an impressive, fully-equipped gym inside the beach club. As for the sundeck, it was also remarkably spacious, and it even came with a fancy, completely equipped outdoor galley.

As a sistership to Al Waabi, Kilij will boast the same stunning features. The beach club and the gym lead onto the oversized, fixed swim platform – a wonderful spot for connecting to the outdoors. The numerous outdoor lounges and dining areas are part of a contemporary layout that focuses on the indoor/outdoor flow. According to Gokhan Celik, president of Alia Yachts, this is what most customers want from their bespoke yachts.

Photo: Christie Yachts
At the same time, Kilij can still be customized, which will give it its own special flavor. For instance, it can include six staterooms, like Al Waabi, or switch to a seven-cabin configuration. Potential buyers still have the chance to opt for a fully customized interior design despite the short building time. Just like the award-winning Al Waab, Kilij promises to be ready for delivery in 24 months.

With a state-of-the-art Vripack design and the DNA of an Alia Yachts build, this glamorous pleasure craft won't probably need to wait long. Next year, it could become one of the most luxurious bespoke yachts under construction and gearing up to shine in 2025.
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About the author: Otilia Drăgan
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