Art Deco-inspired superyacht Aurora delivered by Lürssen
by Chris Jefferies
Styled inside and out by British studio Winch Design, Aurora features antique artworks in the master suite and on the bridge deck. As the owner was keen to enjoy the yacht with his family, the layout includes many intimate and personal spaces.
Previously known as Project Gatsby, Aurora was sold by Moran Yacht & Ship in 2014, and Sean Moran who project managed the build, explained: "The client wanted a large volume ocean-going yacht that could accommodate all of his family without them feeling on top of each other.
"Issues inevitably come up during the course of a project, but from a long track record of successful projects we have strong working knowledge of how shipyards operate. This is one of our major competitive advantages in the field of new construction, and the reason why we have such a long list of repeat clients that have built multiple projects with us."
Aurora has been built to Lloyd’s Registry standards with a beam of 13 metres and a larger interior volume than any other yacht in this size bracket. This is in part due to her full-beam skylounge, which Lürssen describes as "one of the most impressive and luxurious areas of the yacht".
The yard adds that the owner is an experienced client, but this is their first fully custom project. Managing partner Peter Lürssen added: "We are looking forward to Aurora finding her place amongst her peers as a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on a strong design and expert engineering skills."
The exterior design is a marked departure from the original Project Gatsby renderings, with an emphasis on curved lines and classic elements such as circular portholes and mahogany detailing.
Moran added: "There were many developments during the design phase of the build and we ended up very far from where we started. In the end, the owner wanted to go for a more classic look with some Art Deco elements and we are really excited with how she came out. Winch Design has such a talented and dedicated team and the results speak for themselves."
Aurora features accommodation for up to 16 guests and she is powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63 engines that can propel her to a top speed of 18 knots.