Last weekend, Lurssen have launched the 74-meter Aurora at their facility in Rendsburg, Germany.



Previously known to the public as Project Thor, the yacht was commissioned back in the first quarter of 2014 through Moran Yacht & Ship with a 2016 expected delivery date. With an interior and an exterior by Winch Design, the 74-meter Aurora, known internally as Project Gatsby, is expected to be delivered to her owner before the end of the year.



Powered by twin MTU engines, Aurora stretches over a beam of 13.2 meters, she will reach a top speed of 18 knots and cruise at 16 knots.

The last Lurssen yacht to bear the name Aurora was a 61-meter yacht also designed by Winch Design launched in 2004 under the name Phoenix for the late Jan Kulczyk.

In 2009, Phoenix was listed for sale asking €65 million and then sold in 2010 at an asking price of €55 million, ahead of the delivery of the 90-meter Lurssen, Phoenix 2. Following the sale, she was renamed to Aurora. In February 2015, she was listed for sale again asking €49,750,000 and then sold a little over a year later at the same asking price. The 61-meter yacht has since been refitted and is now known as Avanti.

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