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2010 Palmer Johnson  172ft / 52.4m


$250,000/ week

DB9 yacht charter

DB9 currently registered in the Cayman Islands is actively available for charter in several cruising destinations.

The luxury motor yacht DB9, previously named AURA, was built by Palmer Johnson and delivered to her owner in 2010, she later underwent a refit in 2019.

The exterior of DB9 is designed by Palmer Johnson Yachts.

The 172ft / 52.4m DB9 has been constructed with a aluminum hull and is powered by 2x 4631hp MTU 16V4000 M93L diesel engines with a cruising speed of 22 knots and a top speed of 30 knots.

Charter guest accommodation

DB9 has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 10 charter guests in 5 suites.

The guest cabins comprise a primary suite with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom facilities, 2 cabins with a twin bed and en-suite bathroom facilities, a VIP suite with a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom facilities and a cabin with a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom facilities.

Your luxury charter crew

Your luxury charter on board motor yacht DB9 will be managed by the crew of 11 including the captain.

The crew will ensure you have a relaxed and enjoyable charter experience with all of your needs catered for while on board.

The 11 crew have their own separate crew quarters allowing guests to enjoy increased levels of privacy.

Amenities & Entertainment

Amenities on board for the charter guests include BBQ, Exercise equipment, Light fishing gear, Gym, Jacuzzi on deck, Sun cushions, Sun loungers, Swim platform and Swimming pool.

An extensive list of further amenities and water toys can be seen under the features and amenities section.

Yacht charter destinations

DB9 is Currently cruising in the Caribbean and the West Mediterranean.

Sample itineraries for the cruising destinations can be supplied by your professional charter broker allowing you to plan your luxury yacht charter vacation in detail.


  • Caribbean
  • Windward Islands
  • Leeward Islands
  • Bahamas
  • Leeward Antilles
  • West Mediterranean
  • Corsica & Sardinia
  • Italian Riviera
  • French Riviera
  • South of France
  • Tuscany


  • BBQ
  • Exercise equipment
  • Fishing gear - light
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • Sun cushions
  • Sun loungers
  • Swim platform
  • Swimming pool



Tom Tanner

Tom Tanner

Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Captain Thomas Tanner’s experience on the water started almost immediately. Raised sailing on his father’s sailboat, by six years old Tom spent his summers sailing on his own optimist dinghy out of Ida Lewis Yacht Club. At fifteen years old he found himself in his first job as a deckhand on a 101’ wooden schooner where his love of cruising began. After participating in the Tall Ships and OpSail2000 events Tom returned to Newport, RI to his roots of competitive sailboat racing. He was hooked, and soon travelled all over the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean competing in world class ocean and maxi racing circuits with wins in notable races such as The Heineken Regatta, Marblehead to Halifax, Newport to Bermuda Race as well as both the 12 meter North American & World championships. It was during this time that he began his second career at sea with formal training and climbed the ranks to Master and Unlimited Dynamic Positioning officer on a 300’ subsea commercial vessel. However, soon the passion of yachting and the need to travel called once again. Tom looks forward to providing you with an exclusive and exciting holiday on board DB9.

Patricio Lopez Benavides

Patricio or Pat as the crew refer to him brings a diverse background in yachting and hospitality. He has both motor yacht and sailing experience with qualifications that include Chief Mate 3000 GT. An enthusiast of boating and an avid PADI certified Instructor, Patricio enjoys every moment he is at sea. During his time back home in Mexico, Patricio spends his afternoons playing golf and enjoying a good meal with family and friends.
Back onboard, his good-natured spirit and can-do attitude put guests at ease while his professionalism and ability to command a variety of situations instill confidence. Highly knowledgeable about the best seaside sights throughout the Med and the Caribbean, Patricio will thrill guests by whisking them off to the most picturesque hidden coves and enticing attractions during their five-star getaway onboard DB9.

Aubrey Castle-Sanders

Aubrey was born in San Diego, California and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grew up doing competitive gymnastics and later participated in cheerleading. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii. After growing up on the beach, it was a natural progression to work on the water. She came into yachting a bit later in life than most but has made up for lost time, having cruised the waters of the eastern and western Med, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific in the past six years since she began. Her background in fitness instruction and hospitality made her transition into yachting seamless.
The thing Aubrey loves most about working on charter yachts is meeting new people and finding new ways to surprise them. She brings a finely tuned ability to anticipate the needs of her guests and a great sense of humour. When she isn’t working you can find Aubrey baking, cooking, doing arts and crafts, or trying out the newest fitness crazes. Aubrey has previously worked on M/Y Inception, M/Y Ocean Club, M/Y Mirage and M/Y Dream. She speaks English and is always keen to practice French.

Nadia Damsell

Nadia Damsell was born and raised seaside in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. At age 17 she stepped into the hospitality industry working as a waitress during her last year at school, where she saved up to book a one-way ticket out of South Africa and into her new life. After working as a live-in nanny for a few months in a small town in the UK, the ocean called her back and she joined the yachting industry in the Mediterranean, now almost 4 years ago. While traveling and gaining experience in the yachting industry, Nadia’s interests also lie in beauty & aesthetics. Nadia is dedicated to self-improvement and has throughout the years completed many beauty & yachting related courses during her time off. Nadia loves themed nights, table decorating & making cocktails! She is bubbly, friendly and committed to provide a memorable experience for our guests onboard DB9.

Clara Hansen

Clara was born in a small town in Sweden where she graduated and later worked as a photographer, nanny and a barista at a local café However, her love for the ocean and the craving for a new and exciting challenge got her to leave it all behind and pursue a career in yachting in 2022. In her free time, you will find her traveling, playing football and hiking. Clara has been able to merge her love for the ocean, traveling and meeting new people into her perfect role as a stewardess where she is excited and committed to provide an outstanding experience for our guests.

Bhes Bahadur

Mr. Bhes as his fellow crew love to call him has over fifteen years of loyal service on board yachts, fearing no task set upon him, whether its interior duties or helping out on desk, nothing is unattainable. Bhes is loving of the career that he has chosen and always strives for the best results possible. Mr. Bhes enjoys motivating his fellow crew members always enjoys having crew dinners out with his crew members whenever time off is on the books. When not onboard, he travels back to Nepal to spend time with his family and always returns back with his signature smile. Mr.Bhes will ensure that every day is a positive one onboard DB9.

Filippa Ahlberg

Filippa grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. A city built on numerous islands and lakes around every corner. Before joining yachting, Filippa was in the fitness industry studying personal training and traveling around Europe as a professional dancer. When not in shorts and sunglasses, Filippa enjoys skiing and a good hike.
Her desire to work surrounded by the ocean and in a fast-paced environment led her to start a yachting career this year. She has gained a lot of new skills onboard and is ready to give you an experience not forgotten onboard MY DB9.

Anton Uskov

Anton was born in Sevastopol on the coast of the Black Sea. Here, his love for the sea and interest in technology combined with his degree in marine engineering at university. He gained a wealth of engineering experience in the commercial shipping sector before transitioning into the yachting industry. At home and during his spare time, Anton enjoys diving, cycling, and traveling. Anton endeavours to make your time onboard DB9 a safe and smooth experience.

Julio August

Julio was born in Mexico City and after finishing his basic studies he joined the Mexican Merchant Maritime Navy at the young age of 18 years old, after four years there he gained a degree as an Engineering Cadet. Julio then started his career as an Engineering watchkeeping officer onboard Roll off and Bulk Carriers Vessels. Julio then made the jump to yachting and is now happy to bring experience and a positive attitude onboard DB9.

Michael is an established Head Chef with over 25 years of experience with a passion for
Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine. His path to culinary success started at Stephanie’s, one of the most famous restaurants in Melbourne, Australia. He then moved to London to broaden my culinary horizons under the chef Ruth Rogers where Jamie Oliver started his career too. He was creating signature dishes in many fine-dining restaurants before making a career with in the professional yachting industry, He has tailored menus for many high-end clients on charter and private yachts to delight the most discerning of palates, while cruising the world oceans. I also have spent some time in the luxury service industry as a 5 -star Butler for Prince Harry and John Cleese.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much to charter DB9?

DB9 has a weekly charter price starting at $250,000 and an estimated daily charter price of $41,700.

DB9 can accommodate 10 sleeping guests on board in 5 cabins, with the ability to cruise with up to 12 guests.

DB9 was last seen in Leeward Islands.

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Yacht nameDB9
Prior nameAURA
Speed (cruising)40.7kph / 22kn
Speed (max)55.6kph / 30kn
Engine2x 4631hp MTU 16V4000 M93L diesel engines
StabilizersAt anchor (0 speed)
FlagCayman Islands
BuilderPalmer Johnson
DesignerPalmer Johnson Yachts