AURASTEL was built by one of New Zealand's leading large yacht yards and has been continuously maintained and upgraded. All her updates and modifications have led to a very comfortable yacht.
She has good sailing performance in all conditions. She sails well close-hauled and has a beautiful motion at sea. AURASTEL can easily be sailed by a crew of 2.
Superstructure and hull painted in 2012.
8 Knots (approx)
10 Knots (approx)
2200 nm (approx)
@ 8 knots
8,300 l / 2,200 US galls
4,500 l / 1,200 US galls
35 l / 9 US galls @ 9 knots
1 x MAN 420HP
New in 2012
2 x ONAN, 17.5 Kw (2011)
The whole yacht was completely rewired in 2007
Dockside electrical shore power cables
12x Drylit batteries with total amp hours of 1,400 for DC service
Mastervolt battery monitor BTM-I
Condaria reverse cycle throughout
Hundested feathering propeller
4x 60 l / 15 US gal hot water heaters
MicroComander engine controller
GREY WATER: 1,100 l / 300 US gal
WATERMAKER: 90 l / hr
Sleeps 7 guests in 3 double staterooms all with ensuite facilities. Good crew area for 5 in 2 cabins.
Port GUEST CABIN has a double bed, Pullman berth, TV, hanging locker, large desk, and ensuite head. The starboard GUEST CABIN, across the companionway, has an extra berth in place of the desk in the port cabin with TV.
OWNER'S CABIN: This cabin runs the full width of the boat. Instead of mahogany (as the rest of the boat is), it is finished in very light, hand- rubbed maple. On centreline is a large built-in hanging locker, and a retractable desk extends out between one upholstered seats. Double berth on both sides. Ensuite bathroom. There are plenty of draws and stowage areas in this cabin.
Major refits in 1989, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013:
In 1989 the yacht was lengthened by 4ft to improve sailing performance and the interior was changed completely. Apparently USD8m were spend at this refit at Palmer Johnson in Savannah, Georgia.
Since her present ownerwhip in 1999 AURASTEL has been completely refurbished and upgraded top to bottom. This included two new generators, all electrical wiring, all electronic instrumentation, new hull and top structure paint work, extensive additional wood work including installing wood floors and walls in aft cabin.
2011 Winter Work:
All hatches were replaced with flush hatches.
Guest cabins have small hateches instead of portholes only.
New sun beds for aft deck.
New leather on sitting arrangement in the pilot house.
All lights replaced to LED.
2013 Winter Work:
New crane installed on fore deck.
Hull fully repainted.
Sailing vessel AURASTEL is a one-of-a-kind 28 meter world wide cruising yacht. Steel construction, a high bow assures an ocean going ability even under difficult sea conditions. She has been exposed to rough weather and heavy seas in both the Atlantic and the Pacific and went through them like a tank. What makes the design unique is the relatively low keel design which allows to enter shallow bays, which many sailing vessels cannot do. The keel goes essentially along the entire hull length to assure the right balance. She is a relatively fast yacht and develops enough speed to participate in races, a feature that earned her twice the third winning place in the St. Barth's Superyacht "Bucket" Regatta.
She has sufficient water and fuel storage to easily cross the Atlantic under engine power alone. Under full sails she is capable of sailing at 12 knots at 16 knot winds. She goes 14 knots at 25 to 30 knots without a problem, depending on ballast and water conditions. Under motor power she cruises at 9 knots across the Atlantic and is capable of going at 12 knots if required.
In regard to comfort, her 28 meters of length provide unparalleled space in comparison to other yachts of this size. She has three levels of lounging, relaxing and dining: in the salon, in the Pilot house and on deck. This allows for passengers and crew to find a space of solace.
The interior is of the highest workmanship with selected quality interior. The floors and inner panelling is made of teak throughout.
The electronics gadgets and toys are of modern technology.
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