The tenth 37-metre motor yacht by Dutch builder Heesen Yachts, Aurelia is a delightful high-performance boat inspired by the golden years of automotive design. Bannenberg & Rowell were responsible for the interiors, Omega Architects for the exterior. Brigitte Bardot wanted her Aurelia GT car with tailor-made equipment, Françoise Sagan drove hers barefoot, Vittorio Gassman roamed about in his in the film Il Sorpasso: the Aurelia was a dream car, like Ferraris, Aston Martins, Jaguars and Lamborghinis, a legend of a cultural turning point that began in the 1950s, about a changing Europe and a poor but beautiful Italy full of lust for life.
It was a futuristic invitation to take chances in life, and all this has been celebrated by Heesen Yachts in the 37.30 metre semi-displacement yacht that bears its name.
This preamble is de rigueur if we want to talk about this delightful, very different vessel that nonetheless rigorously complies with the quality standards that mark out the Dutch shipyard. On the exterior, the colours of Gulf Oil Racing and the number 10 on both sides honour the competition DNA of the Aurelia Gran Turismo, born of the dynamism of an era, or more simply to remind us that this is the tenth vessel in this class produced by the shipyard.
With its sleek, clean lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, Aurelia does not put up barriers to the water and the wind, a feature linked to smart distribution of weights and lightness of materials, such as the aluminium of the hull and superstructure, where Heesen boasts a great tradition. This combination of elements allows for less powerful engines while preserving the vessel’s speedboat performance, thus leading to lower consumption and environmental impact.
Two MTU V16 4000 M90 engines give the yacht a top speed of 30 knots, while at 12 knots it has a range of 1,900 nautical miles. For the interior design, Bannenberg & Rowell for their careful attention to detail and the richness of the materials used.
The internal logistics are marked out by a sharp division between the guest area and the crew area, as the Owner appointed more space for the latter than in the vessel’s sister ships in the same class.
Stand-out features in the layout include the 87 m2 sun deck, occupying 50% of the length of the yacht, and the large aft garage for the tender managed by the Heesen Track system, which does not take up too much space and is safer than a crane mechanism. In line with its mood, inspired by a period in which beauty and functionality merged to become art in the service of humankind, Aurelia unites comfort and aesthetics in a perfectly balanced match.
The Seakeeper Gyro stabiliser system, installed for the first time on a yacht by this shipyard, eliminates roll both at sea and at anchor without sacrificing speed. There is plenty of room in the four cabins, and the large scale and the well-lit interior and exterior common areas invite socialising and provide welcoming corners where you can hide away without being entirely alone. [...]
Aurelia technical specifications
|Hull type||Twin Propeller, hard chine, semi-displacement|
|LOA||37.30 m / 122’4’’ ft|
|Beam Overall||7.50 m / 24’6’’ ft|
|Draught||220 m / 721’8’’|
|Fuel capacity||155 tons|
|Fresh water capacity||30 knots|
|Main engines||1.900 Nautical miles|
|Maximum power||2 x 2720 kW|
|Gearbox||2 x ZF 7550|
|Engine control||2 x MTU 20V4000 M39L|
|Water lubricated shafts||Two stainless steel AISI 431|
|Propellers||Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.350 mm|
|Generators||2 x Kilo-Pak, each 50 kW at 50 Hz
|Power||2 x 50 kW
|Bow thruster||Hydromar 50 kW, hydraulically driven|
|Steering system||Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine|
|Stabilizers||2 x Seakeeper Model 21000 gyro stabilizers|
|Classification||ABS ✠ A1 Commercial Yachting Service ✠ AMS MCA Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 short range
Cabins: Full-beam master suite, two double cabins, one twin cabin
|Naval Architect||Heesen Yachts|
|Exterior Designer||Omega Architects|
|Interior Designer||Bannenberg & Rowell Design|