Aura provides a self sufficient lifestyle, we don't need to visit marinas as she is equipped with solar panels, a generator, water maker, washing machine and ice maker. The fridge and freezers are large enough to hold many weeks of food (200 litre fridge and 100 litre freezer). These comforts support long range cruising, with 830 litres of diesel tanks (219 US Gal).
There is ample living space to enjoy your surroundings and relax. The cockpit rivals many catamarans, it comfortably sized to entertains 10 people (on occasions we've hosted a few more) with two tables for dining. The main cockpit dinning table easily accommodates 6 and the fold out table is ideal for two. The dining table converts to a day bed, that is perfect for reading and to take in the spectacular water views. Both the cockpit dining tables and the main cabins table easily convert to coffee table sizes to create a casual space. Our favourite design element with the cockpit is to relax in the comfort of shade while having unrestricted access to the water.
The galley allows two people to work side by side to prepare gourmet meals with ease. There is ample storage space as we also use the 3 shelf locker in the bunk cabin as a pantry. Beneteau has many creative design elements such as hidden lockers for bottles of wine and liquor.
The huge starboard cockpit locker stores all the lines, floating toys, fenders, dive gear, outboard fuel and more. We’ve stored the mattress from the laundry/skippers cabin in the bunk room and these cabins provide additional storage. The decks and our lives are free from clutter.
Both the main cabin and guest cabin are a comfortable size.
Aura is our home; we didn’t want to live like we do on a weekend of camping. We wanted the comforts of home. The bench tops in galley allow catering for visiting groups. We’ve already noted the fridge and freezer sizes. They are both top loading. This design assists with insulation and retaining the temperature when opened. The fridge does also have a front door with slide out baskets that assist with managing fresh produce. There is a built in microwave and above the stove top is an extractor fan, just like at home.
We do have AC system, with 3 temperature zones. The natural ventilation through hatches and the cabin fans are normally more than adequate to keep us cool. During the onset of winter on the USA east coast we did switch it to heat mode to stay warm on chilly mornings.
There is also a TV that retracts into the centre bench and a Bose sound system.
She was delivered new ex-factory (France) as Australian registered vessel. The yacht has never been chartered. We spent some time in the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic in 2016. We then enjoyed the Caribbean and the America’s Cup in Bermuda. We spent last hurricane season on the US east coast and returned to the Caribbean in November 2017. At the end of the season (late July 17) we put Aura on the hard in Trinidad and safely out of the hurricane zone.
Aura has been fastidiously maintained, with regular oil changes. Last anti foul was in October 2017.
Aura is Beneteau Sense 50 with the Sensation 2013 package, a three cabin layout with the skipper’s cabin / laundry.
Sensation 2013 Pack
2013 Raymarine Electronics pack
"Dock and Go" joystick control
Chart-plotters, autopilot & AIS
500w solar panels (MPPT controllers)
Reverse cycle air conditioning
32" flat screen TV
3 Electric winches
Dodger, bimini, connector and zip-in side shade/sunbrella side panels
Diesel storage 815 litres (2 x 415 litres)
Water storage 550 litres (1 x 330 litres and 1 x 220 litres)
3 cabins (2 double cabins & a 3rd cabin with 2 bunks) plus a skipper’s cabin (single bed)
1 x 76 HP Yanmar 4JH4-TE diesel engine with "Dock and GO" (2039 hours)
12 V / 220 V
600 A/hr Service batteries (replaced 2017)
500w Solar Panels with 2 Victron MPPT controllers
Battery Monitor (Victron BMV-702)
1 x 140 A/hr Engine start battery (replaced 2016)
Onan 6 kva Generator with cocoon (1400 hours)
Inverter 2000W (with remote on/off switch at chart table)
Bow Thruster batteries (replaced 2016)
Freshwater filter in galley
Water heater via engine and 220V
Water maker "Dessalator" - 60L/hr 12V & 220V
In-mast reefing mainsail
Rigging (only) for Code 0 / Asymmetric spinnaker
Mylar taffetas Mainsail
Genoa (signs of wear)
2 x Harken H60.2STCE electric genoa sheet winches
1 x Harken H46.2STCEH electric halyard/main winch
1 x Harken H46.2STCEH manual halyard winch
7 berths in four cabins (two double beds, one cabin with bunks & skipper cabin in aft)
Slatted mattress base for double beds (forward bed with an additional latex mattress layer)
Gas cooker with three burners, oven and grill
Fridge front and top opening (12v 200 Litre)
Freezer top opening (12v 100 Litre)
Double galley sink
Air-conditioning 24,000 BTU (Marine Air Systems)
Sea water/fresh water foot pump in galley
Two electric, Quiet flush, heads with hand basin and separate shower
"Luxe" saloon table with electrical adjustment (coffee table convert to dining table)
4 opening ports in galley and salon
32" TV (electric raise from central salon)
DVD - MP3 - CD player in salon
Indirect LED lighting
BOSE Acoustimass -3 speakers in salon
Parchment Ultra-leather Salon upholstery
Fruitwood Apli joinery
2 x Raymarine e95 LCD colour plotters - One at each helm station
2 x Raymarine i70 Colour Screen displays at both helms -speed, depth log, wind
Ray49e DSC VHF + Raymarine AIS 650 transceiver
2 x Plastimo Steering Compasses
Anchor (Delta) with 90m chain (regalvanised 2017)
Electric windlass with remote and chain counter at starboard helm station
Sprayhood (Graphite colour)
Bimini (Graphite colour)
Slatted wood cockpit sole
Cockpit table with electric up and down system also convertible to day bed
Blue floor cockpit lights
Port cockpit table with fold out centre seat (faces cockpit table)
Powered companionway door with remote control
Cockpit cushions (Natte stone and Quadri Grey)
Covers for steering wheels
Deck shower - Hot and cold
Deck wash pump
Inflatable Dinghy fiberglass bottom (2016) with 4hp Outboard (2013)
Davit for outboard
Radio CD player with interior and exterior speakers
5 x Dry Powder Fire extinguishers
Safety gear - lifejackets, grab bag, horseshoe buoy
Liferaft ISO (2016)
Cutlery/crockery the inventory also includes pots, pans, glassware
Miscellaneous items include
Davit (swing arm) for lifting the outboard
Cutlery, crockery, glasses, pots, pans, stick blender, linen and towels etc
Handheld Icom VHF Radio
Spares - bow thruster propellers, oil & fuel filters and water filters