The Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht is the result of a request by Prince Damir ibn-Razia for the development and construction of a purely sail-driven yacht for recreational purposes of luxurious proportions. Bád Industries, with involvement of Silverport Dockyards' Yard 15, delivered.
The first vessel of this class, and therefore the namesake, was named after the orderer's daughter, Princess Aurelia bint-Damir of Kyrenaia, a half-Selkie herself.
The Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht is a classic monohull design with a light steel hull and aluminium superstructure. That means, that the vessel in its bare form is light, but sit safely and securely in the water by its own weight, which is added to by a pair of short bilge keels, which provide additional stability, even in heavier waters.
The vessel is overall 94.05 metres long, at waterline 73.1, the reason being a rather large bowsprit, with a beam of 14.25 metres and a draft of 3.8 metres. Under full load, ready for a trip of three weeks, with all staterooms fully manned, the vessel displaces 2,015 tons of water.
The Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht has five decks, which have different functions and provisions. All decks are connected by an elevator running along the main mast. All decks and rooms are sound-proofed so that no noise from for example steps or music leaves the room it is made in or intrudes where it isn't necessary, unless the portholes are opened.
The highest deck is the Sun Deck, the highest deck atop the superstructure, open topped, but with the ability to be covered from sun or rain by oilskin cloth. The large deck is only broken by the main mast and its maintenance hatch, but other then that, it can act as an outdoor gathering area or lounging area in any other capacity the owner sees fit. Provisions for covering the Sun Deck either partially or completely against sun or rain are installed on the mast and the railings. The last five metres of the Sun Deck are slightly elevated to provide either a stage or a lookout over the aft. Besides the main mast elevator, the Sun Deck can be entered and left by using one of the two flights of stairs going down to the Bridge Deck. The Sun Deck is floored with laminated Great Woods Oak, but that can be changed depending on the customer's wishes.
Below the Sun Deck is the Bridge Deck, with the namesake bridge, a room used for controlling the movements and directions of the vessel, as well as its communications. The rest of the deck is taken up by a small dining room, a small salon including a small library, and the Owner's Suites A and B. Prince Damir has requested that two suites are designated and established as owner's suites, simply for him and his daughter to have their own rooms on the vessel. The rooms, opposite to each other, have each a small bathroom with a bathtub, shower, basin, toilet and cupboard, a wardrobe, a living room, a bedroom and a small office room with a desk.
Below the Bridge Deck, the Promenade Deck offers the most splendid promenade and as the main deck of the vessel is the heart of the recreational purposes of the Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht. The large dining room, which can be transformed into a ball room, cinema, communal sleeping room or for many other purposes as the situation demands it, is the centre of the deck. Behind it, the internal room of the superstructure is taken up by a Hammam, a special type of Kyreanain Hot Bath and a tea room, as well as a toilet. The outside of the superstructure is taken up by the promenade, running along either side of the large dining room. On the foredeck, below the foremast, is open space to be used as the day demands it, including as a sporting area or for welcoming guests aboard as the gangplank leads here. There is also the possibility to use the area as a 'flight deck' for small helicopter drones and remote controlled aircraft, including fixed wing aircraft up to a certain size (however, this is not a helipad for a full sized helicopter). The aft, below the mizzenmast, is similarly free, but provisions to hold deckchairs in position are provided, including basic deckchairs. At the aft, a ladder leads down to the water, providing access to the sea for going for a swim, while a small board can be used for a more immediate access. Also sitting at the aft is the vessel's dinghy, a Majestic-class Boat (without pushboat, price already included), hanging from davits over the aft, ready to be lowered in case of need.
Below the Promenade Deck, the Passenger Deck houses the other eighteen passengers in six double-staterooms and six single-staterooms. Each staterooms has a small bath, with a shower stall, a cupboard, sink and toilet, one or two closets, a desk and a dresser Portholes allow for looking at the sea. Also positioned on the Passenger Deck is a small sickbay and a storage room for a small amount of freight.
Then comes the waterline.
The crew consists of a Captain, ten men deck crew, a doctor, two chefs and eight stewards or stewardesses, depending on personal taste, berthed on the Technical Deck in six quarters: Four four-men bedrooms for the deck crew, the cooks and the stewardesses, own quarters for the Captain and the Doctor. The galley, storage rooms for the food to be consumed and other consumeables, including a freezer and a deep freezer, a washing salon, a workshop for the ropemaker, electrician and the sailmaker, as well as storage rooms for their working materials, and the pump room with the bilge pump are on that deck as well.
Propulsion - Capall na dTonn
The vessel has three masts, the highest of which is 42.1 metres, rigged in the distinctive Capall na dTonn Type, which was developed by Selkie Shipbuilders in the 16th century and perfected in the following centuries, making it worthy of the name: Horse of the Waves.
Although rarely three-masted (usually being two-masted), these ships were fast, agile and could load quite a bit of freight with a small crew, in other words, ideal private vessels for trade and nowadays recreation.
The three masts, foremast, mainmast and mizzen mast, all carry trapezoid sails, controlled by a pole along their heads at the peaks, usually with a running backstay. These sails are relatively easy to control with a small crew and catch a maximum amount of wind, thus providing a maximum amount of propulsion. In addition to that, the foremast also has two triangular sails, the jib and the fore staysail.
While technically all types of cloth can be used as sails, we recommend canvas.
As it was made clear several times now, the Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht is completely driven by the wind and neither has auxiliary engines nor a power generator onboard, but it has ways of producing own power, similar to the ones used aboard the Majestic-class Boat, namely a series of wind generators on the top of the masts with two metres of diameter, as well as three hydrogenerators each to port and starboard, fitted into the bilge keels. With these power generators, enough power for all of the vessel's systems is provided, with excess power being stored in battery pack underneath the masts and on the Technical Deck.
Besides evergreens like Art Deco, different Expressionisms and other art styles, we offer the Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht in the following interior design styles:
- Children of the Great Woods are the Bláth Fiáin, wild flowers, of the Free Lands. Hermits and recluses, living alone or in smaller groups, seldom leaving the Great Woods - some might call them escapists, but some of them lived this way since their very birth. These low-tech people, being a Selkie-synonym for absolute freedom, developed their own artistic style of interior design, one this choice tries to emulate - but not absolutely, of course, you are still on a Yacht, after all.
- All fur in this design is artificial fur for reasons of preservation of wildlife, lowering of costs and ease of cleaning.
- The rooms are floored and panelled with wood, looking rugged, their patterns and their art being their veins. Furniture, massive, yet light, of good and solid wood dominates. The beds are low, covered in fur blankets, warm and homely, allowing to sink into the soft hairs.
- Where there is no wood, it is covered by simple, yet intricately knotted carpets, underlining the simpleness of the design. Different kinds and strands of wood are used to create artwork out of the floors and walls, only visible to those with keen eyes and keener minds.
- The Kyrenaian Interior Design is a reminder of the Sultana's Palace in Utica, Kyrenaia, taking elements of it and incorporating it into this mobile sailing home: Hand-woven carpets, silken curtains, cushions and mosaics in the Hajar Saghir Style.
- The mosaics, laid in the Hajar Saghir Style, or Little Stone Style, are mosaics made of little coloured stones or sometimes even naturally coloured stones, depicting appropriate scenes and patterns, for example, the floor of the Hammam could be decorated with different hues of blue, especially the baths themselves, to depict the blue of the sea. Besides the Hammam's floor, the floors of the dining rooms, the salons and the living rooms of the Owner's Suites can be decorated with these mosaics.
- The other rooms are equipped with hand-woven Kyrenaian carpets over wooden floors, panelled with woods as well, but partially hidden by curtains of silk and other fine cloths. The bathrooms are tiled with ceramic tiles, colours and patterns being up to the customer.
- This decoration style usually uses cushions on the floor and sofas as seating inside, but there are several divans provided.
Sailing has been the major way of getting from A to B over seas for thousands of years before engines of steam and fuel made this way of travelling and working to an occupation for the niche - in some parts of the world, this knowledge has been retained by those keen enough to listen to their forefathers.
The main purpose of sailing vessels these days are, however, either for sports or for recreation, sometimes both.
In 2014, Prince Damir ibn-Razia approached Silverport Dockyards Limited with a request for a purely sail-driven yacht vessel for twenty passengers and a few other specifications. SDY handed this request to one of our subsidiaries, who have more experience with this kind of vessel, Bád Industries, which went to work a short time later.
A year later, the plans were ready for review, presented to Prince Damir, who ordered one of these vessels in Kyrenaian Interior Design, giving the task of developing that to an interior designer working closely with the work crews of Bád Industries in Cuan and in early 2017, the hull was launched, tugged downriver to Tipa and equipped with all of the necessary components and went for a test spin in May.
On the 1st of July, 2017, Prince Damir was officially handed the ownership of the Aurelia, undergoing a first cruise to bring her back home. In August, she arrived in Motya, where she was alredy expected by her main-competitor for the favour of the name-giver, the small Cat-Yawl Harira.