CdM launch 42m explorer Crowbridge for experienced owner

Written by Laura Nicholls

Cantiere delle Marche’s latest full-custom 42-metre yacht Crowbridge, has been launched. Bearing explorer yacht qualities, the new Explorer 40.22 model was built for an experienced client who wanted a “strong, comfortable, reliable vessel featuring technical characteristics similar to that of a merchant ship”. The owner brought together a team of technical consultants to work with the designer Tommaso Spadolini and naval architects Hydro Tec to create a superyacht that can partake in long-range expeditions in luxury. Crowbridge yacht launch at CdMPhoto: Cantiere delle Marche“He asked for a robust steel construction along with system redundancy and proven commercial-grade components to make his new yacht capable and reliable while maximizing quality of life aboard. The yacht is designed for family use with top class service, yet all family members don’t disdain to be involved in all sort of activities on board, cooking included,” said Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s co-founder and sales and marketing director. 

Having previously worked with the owner, Tommaso Spadolini noted that the design brief called for “a clean and simple silhouette and generous interior/exterior areas to provide the owner and his family plenty of spaces to spend long holidays in total relax. These may seem very common requirements for a large yacht, yet the owner gave us precise indications about how private and social areas should be calibrated.” Crowbridge yacht launch at CdMPhoto: Cantiere delle MarcheInside Crowbridge, the owner asked Spadolini for an elegant yet understated style for its seven staterooms. “All areas, both interior and exterior ones, both private and social, will pamper, delight and entertain all on board as they are on holiday,” adds the designer.

Noting that the client was switching from a planning yacht to a displacement, Sergio Cutolo, founder of Hydro Tec, explains how the naval architecture was influenced by “peculiar weight distribution” and a “bow profile designed to the owner’s specific aesthetic requirements.” Crowbridge yacht launch at CdMPhoto: Cantiere delle Marche“Explorer 40.22 has been a totally new challenge for us,” Sergio continues. “The hull is a typical round bilge displacement hull, with generous bulbous bow and flat sections aft. The beam/draught ratio has been taken to an optimal value and special provisions were taken to allow for high diameter/high-efficiency propellers. Maximum speed will be higher compared to similar designs, and this was duly considered in designing the waterlines. From the structural point of view, we minimised the impact of the structures on the hull and superstructures to maximize internal spaces. In the superstructure, we managed to create the perfect match between the designed interior layout and windows positioning/size.”Crowbridge yacht launch at CdMPhoto: Cantiere delle MarcheThe Explorer 40.22 is powered by two Caterpillar C32 Acert delivering 970kW each at 2,100rpm to reach a top speed of 16 knots with a range of 6,500nm at 10 knots. “This is our first launch after the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is an injection of optimism for us and for all the nautical compartment. The launch of Crowbridge had been postponed by just a few weeks. A great achievement!” noted Buonpensiere.

“Without rhetoric… this launch has a huge symbolic significance! We are proud and glad because it represents a tangible sign of restart. We are working full steam ahead and two more yachts will be launched shortly,” concluded Ennio Cecchini, CdM’s founder and CEO.

Crowbridge yacht GAPhoto: Cantiere delle Marche



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