CdM’s Trend-Setting Explorer: Aurelia

By George Bains

Specialist high-performance explorer yacht builder, Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), has presented 39.37m Aurelia – the first of its Flexplorer line. Featuring naval architecture and exterior design by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec, and interiors by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini, Aurelia is a superyacht ready to provide her guests with luxury and adventure in abundance.

Since its inception, Italian shipyard CdM has led the way in developing high-performance explorer yachts, helping to inspire a significant shift in what many owners desire from their vessels. CdM is now moving forward with one-off projects and new series, among which the Flexplorer line represents a highlight as well as a turning point. The Flexplorer line is a testament to the CdM’s commitment to design and technical innovations.

“The first Flexplorer is a game changer, there is no doubt about it,” affirms Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of CdM. “It is actually already a trend-setter 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.

“Bring the first interpreters of a new trend and being those who lead the pack, launching this kind of yacht years before our competitors… well, it is just priceless and a perfect reward for all the efforts we did to create the Flexplorer range of vessels!”

Cantiere delle Marche’s Flexplorer line embodies all features of a pure explorer vessel, robustness, seaworthiness, and comfort in all sea conditions, as well as extra flexibility and functionality. Aurelia, the first yacht in the Flexplorer line, boasts an eye-catching superstructure, almost vertical bow, and huge aft deck which all add not only to her exemplary design but also to her capabilities to face all weather conditions in total safety and comfort.

Aurelia’s bold hull has a custom Star Green livery by Alexseal Yacht Coatings, and the yacht features an asymmetrical layout on the Main Deck. At 39.37m and with a beam of 8.60m, Aurelia has a displacement of 392t while she reaches a top speed of 14 knots and has a range of above 7,000nm at 10 knots.

Aurelia has many distinguished features, among those being the 3.5t carbon fibre A-frame crane that launches an 8.5m tender without interfering with the deck space. Another remarkable feature are the bulwarks, which are collapsible on both sides for around 7 metres to increase deck space astern. The fold-down bulwarks provide a beach area of more than 115 square metres, while there are plenty of storage spaces on board for food and toys to allow long permanence and non-stop passages.

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.

“The transverse frame, in line with the shipyard approach, allows for better space optimization, increasing the internal volume thanks to reduced internal structures,” says Sergio Cutolo. “It also provides additional design flexibility, allowing for easier modifications and customisations. She has two pairs of electro-driven stabilizing fins. This solution grants better functionality also because, thanks to a sophistication software, they work together with the two independent electro-driven rudders to improve the seakeeping.”

Ten years ago, CdM launched its first explorer yacht, Darwin 86 Vitadimare 3. Aurelia is the 23rd delivery by the now renowned Italian shipyard, and opens a new chapter of innovative explorer yachts.

"The first Flexplorer is a game changer, there is no doubt about it."

Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder CdM


"The first Flexplorer is a game changer, there is no doubt about it."

Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder CdM
By George Bains
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