Aurora, a.k.a. Project Gatsby, at Lürssen

PHOTOS: Andreas Jens/

UPDATE, MARCH 17, 2017: Lürssen released a statement about the launch. While many of us in the media had believed the project name for Aurora was Project Thor, the shipyard says it was Project Gatsby. Our belief was based on the LOA and launch year announced in 2014 by the project-management team, as mentioned below.

Aurora’s delivery takes place this summer. Read on for our original article.


The Lürssen facility in Rendsburg, Germany had a big job on its hands this weekend. Previously known as Project Thor, the 242’8” (74-meter) megayacht Aurora hit the water.

The code name dates to early 2014. That’s when Moran Yacht & Ship announced the build. Its New Construction Team represents the owner, overseeing progress since the start. At that early point, the company claimed the megayacht would have more interior volume than any comparably sized motoryacht afloat.

Aurora Lurssen

While we don’t have her gross-tonnage data, we do have a few facts about the megayacht. Aurora has accommodations for 12 people in the owner’s party. Both interior design and styling are by Andrew Winch Designs. Given the 43’3” (13.2-meter) beam, interior lounges and alfresco areas should be amply proportioned.

Bearing a steel hull, Aurora is a full-displacement motoryacht. It’s safe to say she’ll have transatlantic range, despite performance figures remaining confidential at this time. Draft is a healthy 12’3” (3.75 meters).

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