In Ancona, Italy last Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Darwin 86', 26 metre explorer vessel in steel and aluminium in construction at the Cantiere delle Marche and designed by naval architect Sergio Cutolo, responsible of the hydro Tec – creative naval architect studio based in Varazze. This is the fourth launch of a yacht designed by Cutolo in only two months: before Darwin 86’ four others were launched; Aifos, 50 metre in aluminium built by CBI Navi, Talisman C. the 70 metre superyacht from Proteksan Shipyard and O’Pati (former O'Rea) the 39 metre fast open for Golden Yacht.
Sergio Cutolo designed the external lines and all the engineering of the just launched Darwin 86’ while architects Floris and Veglia are responsible for the interiors. This yacht designed for Cantiere delle Marche is the synthesis of different experiences over the years Sergio Cutolo has developed in the area of the small explorer. With a length of 26 meters overall and a beam of 7.43 meters the Darwin 86 has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and is characterised by the internal volumes typical of larger boats (over 350 m2 of internal and external surfaces available for 8 guests) and a very high range of 7000 miles at 10 knots. From a technical standpoint, the hull has been developed and optimised in order to ensure the achievement of high speed, relatively to the type of boat, without penalising the performance at low speeds at which the maximum value of autonomy is realised. With two 285 kW Caterpillar engines can reach a top speed of 11.5 knots. The Cantiere delle Marche is currently building a second Darwin 86’, which will be delivered before the end of the year and there are advanced negotiations for future boats.