CDM confirms signing of fifth Darwin Class 102 project

Written by Charl van Rooy

Cantiere delle Marche has announced the signing of yet another contract for the build of a Darwin Class 102’ superyacht today. This will be the fifth hull in the Italian shipyard’s 31 metre explorer line, and is expected to be ready for delivery to her Malaysian owner in 2018. The client, an experienced owner with a passion for cruising off the beaten track, will utilise the yacht together with his extended family throughout the islands of the Indian Ocean.

Construction on the yacht will get underway immediately at CDM’s shipyard in Ancona, with a predicted construction time of 22 months.

The yacht was sold by Lee Marine Phuket in conjunction with CdM Sales and Marketing Director Vasco Buonpensiere.“The owner has a great deal of experience and wanted a genuine, world expedition yacht with a very high comfort level and unparalleled sea keeping,” according to Mr. Joshua Lee, Founder and Managing Director of Lee Marine.

Vasco Buonpensiere comments: "In addition to the satisfaction of having sold one of ourexploreryachts in an exotic country like Malaysia, we are thrilled to have found a ship owner who embodies 100% the Darwin Class spirit: not only an experienced and excellent diver but also a passionate adventurer in search of wrecks and marine relics."

The fifth hull is set up in a similar way as hull number one, Acala, with great attention having been paid to making diving operations from the yacht as safe and efficient as possible. The yacht is based on the same seaworthy platform developed by Hydrotec with a 12 mm thick steel hull providing excellent comfort and sea keeping capabilities.

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