The first hull in Cantiere delle Marche’s Flexplorer line is well underway, with construction progressing “perfectly on time”.
Now named Aurelia29, the 39.4 metre explorer yacht is under construction at the Italian yard’s Ancona facility.
Aurelia29 has been moved from the original shed to complete exterior and outfitting after the hull and superstructure were completed earlier this year. With construction beginning in early 2018, Aurelia29 remains on track for delivery in 2020.
Built to a steel and aluminium design by Hydro Tec, Aurelia29 will feature an almost vertical bow and spacious deck.
The yacht will “embody all the features of a pure explorer vessel” while adding “an extra dose of flexibility and functionality,” the yard said when announcing the project.
A key feature is the collapsible aft deck bulwarks, which fold out on the port and starboard sides to create an “infinity deck”.
The aft deck is also equipped with an A Frame crane, which enables the easy deployment of a tender weighing up to 2,500kg and measuring 8.5 metres from the aft deck. When not in use, the tender covered crane is stored flush to the deck.
The Flexplorer has an 8.5 metre beam and can accommodation a total of 12 guests in five cabins, with two Pullman berths. The three crew cabins allow for a staff of five.
The first in-build yacht is set to feature a gym and skylights installed into the deck, providing plenty of natural light inside.
Power will come from a pair of Caterpillar C32 1600-1800 rom engines for a top speed of 14 knots and cruise speed of 10 knots.