Cantiere delle Marche (CdM for short) concentrates on ruggedly built explorer yachts. While several have set out on global adventures, Aurelia may be the most rugged so far. Just launched last week, she draws your eye toward her transom in her launch video. There, a hefty black A-frame crane leaves little doubt this 129-footer (39.37-meter) means business.
Aurelia is the first of what Cantiere delle Marche calls a Flexplorer. A play on “flexible explorer,” it connotes ambitious cruising in combination with luxurious entertaining and other leisurely pursuits. CdM says the megayacht will see a range upwards of 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots with Caterpillar power. The owners were convinced the Flexplorer suited them because of previous experience with CdM. Specifically, they owned Galego, a Darwin Class 102 from 2017.
With a volume of 392 gross tons, Aurelia will have three staterooms to pamper guests, along with an apartment-like owners’ suite. Everyone will have use of a gym, lounges, and abundant alfresco space. In fact, the bulwarks on the main aft deck will fold down to create more than 1,238 square feet (115 square meters) of sunning and seating space. The bulwarks themselves represent about 23 linear feet (7 meters) of extra area.
But really, Aurelia stands out for the big, black A-frame crane. The shipyard recommended the configuration because it believes it’s safer for loading and retrieving the tender, eliminating balance issues. The tender, by the way, measures 28 feet (8.5 meters). When the carbon fiber crane isn’t needed, it will stow flush into the deck.
While the owners wait for delivery to take place in the coming month, it’s worth noting something one of them said about signing the contract. It puts Aurelia into better perspective. “Building a yacht at Cantiere delle Marche is like living a perfectly planned adventure with your best friends,” he explains.
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