Shining new Aura

Fountaine Pajot’s new sailing cat, the Aura 51 is remarkable for its innovative layouts and eco-friendly ethos.

Photography by Jean-Marie LIOT

28 June 2022


The new Aura 51 marks a new stage in the evolution of the Fountaine Pajot Sailing Catamarans range and the desire of the shipyard in La Rochelle to go further in its environmental approach.

Innovative features include a new deck design that’s easier to move around. The deck layout of the Aura 51, which has been completely redesigned, marks a new era for the Fountaine Pajot range and provides even more space and comfort.

A great new feature for this 51-foot cruising catamaran is its complete opening between the saloon and cockpit.

An innovation that facilitates communication between the galley and the large cockpit table and offers an even greater feeling of freedom and space, characteristic of the Fountaine Pajot range.

Another innovation is the addition of renewable energy with large capacity.


The Fountaine Pajot design office, in collaboration with the Olivier Racoupeau Design team of naval architects, imagined the Aura 51 to be able to accommodate a large surface area of solar panels without compromising on design.

Its large flybridge, with lounge and sunbathing area, is fitted with solar panels that are totally flush-decked, integrating with the lines, capable of producing 2000 watts of renewable energy. This allows the Aura 51 to generate five times more solar energy than other yachts equipped with solar panels.

Owners can choose from a diverse range of layouts including a six-cabin/six-bathroom version.

To suit the greatest number of people, the Aura 51 adapts to your desires and cruising needs, available in four different layouts. Each cabin has its own bathroom area, including the six-cabin version – a first on the catamaran market for a 51-foot model, as is the double Maestro version, another yard exclusive.

The Full Maestro version offers a huge owner’s cabin in the entire port hull.

The Aura 51 is undeniably a cruising multihull that is pleasant to live aboard and respectful of its environment. This catamaran will take you on board for sustainable and comfortable cruising, without forgetting the sailing sensations.

“This model has a huge amount of interest for its versatility and innovation,” said Mark Elkington, Managing Director at Multihull Solutions.

“Aura 51 will be on display at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival with the next one in Australia expected for 2023 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

“It’s already receiving strong enquiries from Asia Pacific buyers who appreciate the expansive living areas and huge capacity for integrated solar panels capable of producing 2,000 watts of renewable energy.”

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