AURORA is a classic 84’ Moonen motor yacht destined to become one of Australia’s most luxurious charter yachts for up to 8 guests. The newly refitted yacht will be available for charter in the idyllic tropical Whitsunday Islands during July, August, September, October 2021. The Luxury Charter Group specialists are ready to plan your personalised charter aboard AURORA now.
Named after the Roman Goddess of the Dawn, AURORA is now under the stewardship of new owners, and is currently under-going a complete refit that will elevate her to unrivalled levels of charter luxury.
Long-time charterers themselves, her new owners – a property developer specialising in restoring heritage buildings and a conference/event specialist – have spent many years travelling the globe and chartering aboard the most sumptuous superyachts and gulets in the Mediterranean.
Their dream was always to own a dayboat for jaunts on the Harbour, but when COVID-19 brought international travel to a halt, they reassessed their plans.
“Our dream changed,” says the Owner, simply. “We spotted AURORA at Point Piper marina and our interest was piqued.”
They purchased AURORA with the intention of making upgrades to suit their aesthetic and lifestyle, but that soon developed into something grander.
“She was in fine condition,” the Owner continues. “Then we took her out for three weeks around Sydney and realised she deserved a lot more. The refit budget was increased substantially. We decided to go in boots and all, as they say.”
AURORA was recently hauled out at Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard on Queensland’s Gold Coast and stripped back to “bare bones”.
Some of Australia’s most esteemed craftspeople and marine trade specialists have been commissioned to breathe new life into this sturdy superyacht: Super Yacht Solutions, O’Neill Shipwrights, Workshop 28, Lumark, Pacific Trim upholstery, Italian linen and Ralph Lauren fabrics from Analu, Antique carpets from Cadreys, adding the finest teak, new swim platform, bar, foredeck dining space, aft deck bimini, new cinema, TVs, sound system and electronics, barbecue, day beds, umbrellas, watertoys – the works!
Collaborating with architect Iain Halliday of BKH, renowned for fitout, conversions and refurbishments of inner-city icons such as the Rex Hotel, Arida, Dorchester, the Ikon and Kingsclere, the new owners are taking a very hands-on approach to the refit.
“We’re both fastidious about details. We had the vision of AURORA becoming a wonderful boat for our family and a superb charter vessel. We are refitting her for us, but with several weeks set aside each year to share our beautiful boat with others.”
“Our aim is for AURORA to be the most luxurious and sought-after charter yacht under 100ft in Australia and the South Pacific, to be offered to a select few, those seeking a truly unique travel experience based on extraordinary service, food, wine, water sports and destinations.”
“AURORA will be exceptional, not just for her appearance and onboard amenities, but also for the carefully curated bespoke experiences we plan to offer. For example, charters for foodies that really focus on cuisine, and that can include a bush tucker experience, catch and cook your own seafood, a Greek-themed beach party, cocktails with the penguins at Manly Cove, a visit to the Pittwater pearl farm, walks such as Wendy Walkley’s gardens in Lavender Bay or diving among the magnificent coral bomboras in the Whitsundays.”
AURORA has four large cabins ideal for up to 8 guests and ample deck spaces devoted to privacy and leisure.
For day trips and island hopping, AURORA will be equipped with two tenders: a 4m BRIG tender and a 10m BRIG chase boat fitted with twin 300hp engines for some real get up and go!
“We are also serious about minimising our impact on the environment, so we have the latest high-tech Hamann wastewater purification systems, we will insist on no single use plastics. Toiletries onboard will be from ‘Grown Alchemist’, an eco-friendly, organic Australian range.”
For now, the deadline for completion is June, when her visionary owners hope to head to the Whitsundays for a vessel shakedown and crew training. “We have a fantastic Captain, a Chief Stewardess from Canada with many years’ experience, an expert Chef and experienced deckhand. They will set the bar high.
“We’re hoping to really open up new horizons enabling Australians to enjoy true luxury charter on our doorstep.”
Ask Luxury Charter Group now about how you can enjoy a luxury charter aboard AURORA in the Whitsundays this season.
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