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AELLO one of the very few Classic Gaff Schooners sailing today. Build in 1921 by the renowned Max Oertz in Hamburg. After her extensive major refit 2009 to 2011, she is kept in excellent shape and maintained to a pristine condition. Come and feel the True spirit of sailing
The sail yacht AELLO is a classic yacht of a bygone era with a rich history.
When Antonios Benakis moved to Greece permanently, he made his historic return voyage from Alexandria onboard Aello. After many years of sailing on the Mediterranean Sea, Aello was eventually bought by a Baron and Admiral of the British Empire who began a lengthy voyage around the world that spanned over many years. Sail yacht Aello was sold after the World War II and was subsequently abandoned in a mud-berth in England where she lay for nearly four decades. The mud where she rested on had the fortunate characteristic of preserving her hull. In 1985 Aello's was re discovered by New Zealander Cameron Chisholm who acquired her and undertook a lengthy restoration that lasted for more than four years and was carried out in Bristol and Southampton by Britain's most skilled craftsmen. The wood used to refit and rebuild the vessel was in fact salvaged from a vessel that sank in 1917 that was carrying a cargo of Burma teak, an exceptionally rare and beautiful wood, bringing her back to her former glory. Part of AELLO’s uniqueness stems from the fact that she is the only yacht in the world that is built entirely, both hull and interior cabinetry, with this precious wood for the last 50 years. After a few voyages to Malta and the Mediterranean, Aello was acquired for a short period of time by an Italian sailing lover who took her to the Caribbean and the Pacific traveling via Panama. In the 90's the classic yacht Aello found its way to Maine and Fort Lauderdale of Florida, the largest sailing port of the United States as she was acquired by a member of one of American's most famous families of industrialists. There she was groomed and perfected to win many international regattas. After many voyages on the American coastline and expeditions across the Atlantic to take part in races, Aello founds it way back to Europe. AELLO was at last acquired by a Greek ship owner and art lover who brought her back to Greece were she enjoys her former glory, sailing under the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and sun. She is the only schooner of her size bringing together such history, incredible craftsmanship, speed and unparalleled beauty. The yacht AELLO has a comfortable interior with a main salon equipped with a bar, a 42inch wide Screen plasma TV with state of the art sound system (Bose Surround sound) and DVD provide high quality entertainment yet are discretely hidden so as not to interfere with the relaxing ambiance. The chandelier is an original 1930's Art-Deco piece. The finest Wedgwood china, Cristofle silverware and exquisite crystal glassware make dining an exclusive experience. The Deckhouse features the original bronze fittings. In fact, Aello has preserved many of her original 1921 fittings including bronze navigational instruments, vents and even the shower thermostats dated 1901 in the bathrooms. The bathroom and lounge light fittings are original 1930's Art-Deco. S/Y AELLO boasts ample deck space, and can accommodate 12 guests for a sit down meal and large parties for cocktails. She can welcome up to 60 guests for in-port receptions. Aello's total sailing area is 4.500 sq/ft. With full sails and adequate wind, Aello can reach incredible speeds.
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Fully air conditioned throughout Movie theatre and movie library Satellite TV Audio music systems Sun owning 2 x refrigerators 2 x freezers Electric stove, oven, and microwave 3,5 m RIB with 25 hp mercury efi 2 x water makers 2 x generators 330 hp Cummings main engine Communication systems Experienced professional crew
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