The extrovert appearance of M/Y AURELIA was inspired by the Owner’s vision for something distinctly different – a homage to sports car heritage. The number 10 symbol on the yacht's side is a nod to her place as the tenth yacht in the Dutch yard's successful Heesen 3700 series.
Gulf Oil Racing colours were adapted by Dobroserdov Design and applied to the yacht as well as the 9 meter (30 foot) Custom Chase Boat built by Pascoe. Capable of 46 knots, carrying 10 people, this tender has just finished a complete rebuild, including a new engine, drive leg and transmission. The Lazarette of AURELIA has been converted into a comfortable guest ‘Beach Club’ with couches, music and a champagne fridge and a large swim deck area of 45 square meters is formed when the transom door folds down.
While the standard layout for Heesen’s 3700 series is a 5 cabin configuration, the owner of AURELIA wanted more comfort for guests and more space for the crew, so designated a guest cabin for the captain. The result is a more realistic 6 crew for 8 guests and everyone benefits from extra living space, plus a welcome and essential increase in laundry and crew facilities to ensure that service is at the highest level, ideally suited for charter yachts.
With interiors by Bannenberg & Rowell, AURELIA’s ‘GT’ car concept required a considerable degree of detail in every aspect of the design. From the Linley Aston Martin chairs to the automobile grille bookcase insets, every classic feature exudes craftsmanship. AURELIA is the only 3700 to have a luxury interior built outside the factory and was realised by Sinnex.
The master suite can be found forward on the main deck and three double guest cabins are located on the lower deck. All guest cabins feature LCD television screens and en-suite bathrooms. Her main salon boasts ample seating via two large armchairs, an L-shaped settee and an additional sofa alongside a fully-equipped crockery and glassware cabinet.
Outdoor areas where guests can enjoy time to relax include the partially sheltered aft cockpit and the large sundeck with its comfortable al fresco seating and a convivial bar. Large mattresses can also be found in front of the wheelhouse, perfect for sunbathing, reading or just simply unwinding.
Additional sun lounging and socializing spaces can be found on AURELIA's spacious foredeck, while two sets of stairs lead aft towards an al fresco dining area on the main deck.
M/Y AURELIA is powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines able to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots, while her range at 12 knots is 1,900 nautical miles. In a further aid to comfort, and efficient under all conditions but especially when at anchor, is a pair of Seakeeper gyro stabilizers that were specified and installed during the build. One gyro was replaced new in 2021, the second replaced in 2023.
Very careful attention has been paid to eliminating noise and vibration. Double glazing in all hull-windows, sound-proof tiles on the inside of the hull, additional mass layers surrounding the Master Suite and sound-proof doors are but some of the features that distinguish this yacht from her sisters.