Italian shipyard CdM has launched its first 39.37-metre Flexplorer superyacht Aurelia for a repeat client, designed by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec with interiors by Francesco Paszkowski Design.
“The first Flexplorer will be a game-changer. It’s actually already a trendsetter project if we look at many of the latest renderings published by other yards on the press after we presented the project. This makes us very proud, indeed,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, Co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director at CdM.
“Being the first interpreters of a new trend and leaders of the pack, launching this kind of yacht years before our competitors is just priceless – and a perfect reward for all the effort required to create the Flexplorer range of vessels.”
CdM is moving forward with one-off projects and new series. The Flexplorer line represents the yard’s investment into researching the explorer yacht style and capabilities.
Aurelia’s eye-catching superstructure, almost-vertical bow and huge aft deck are not just styling exercises but serve to provide the yacht with construction elements that ensure she is able to face all sorts of weather conditions in safety and comfort.
At 39.37 metres and with a beam of 8.60 metres, Aurelia has a displacement of 392 tonnes. Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 A Rating delivering 746kW each, she reaches a top speed of 14 knots and has a range of above 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.
According to her owner’s wishes, she has only four guest cabins. A large owner apartment on the main deck forward with two VIP suites and a twin are on the lower deck.
One of Aurelia’s distinctive aspects is the A-frame crane that is encompassed by the deck’s flooring.
This feature itself is a remarkable piece of engineering purposely developed by CdM to provide the yacht with a powerful crane to launch an 8.5-metre tender without interfering with full use of deck space.
It goes without saying that the A-frame crane also allows much safer loading and offloading operations and it eliminates inclining issues. The fact that the tender is loaded and offloaded in the protected water at the stern of the vessel is another plus.
Another remarkable feature is the bulwarks that are collapsible on both sides to increase the deck space astern. Once the bulwarks are folded down, it becomes an immense beach area of more than 115 square metres.
A lot of attention has been dedicated to storage for non-stop passages to remote destinations. A dedicated stainless-steel drainable storage space with a boards rack that electro-hydraulically pops up on the deck, different slots for a carbon-fibre removable 500kg crane and a very big lazzarette are just a few of the features that will make the Flexplorer a perfect vessel for those who like to stay active while cruising.
As requested by her owner, Aurelia has a proper gym with plenty of natural light thanks to six skylights, and a huge wine cellar spanning two decks.
Aurelia has an asymmetrical layout on the main deck. The starboard side of the saloon encompasses the side passage on the starboard side, which becomes larger and benefits from open views onto the sea through large side windows.
Aurelia is a displacement yacht with a bulbous bow. Her hull is deep and flared in its forward sections to keep the deck dry in all weather conditions, while they flatten and enlarge astern to allow large diameter propellers.