Darwin Class 86′ motor yacht Percheron made her debut at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Constructed by the Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche and designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec, the 26-metre superyacht Percheron is the company’s second explorer built in steel and aluminium.
Luxury yacht “PERCHERON” has been presented at the Cannes Boat Show last September and, after a stop in Canary Islands, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 14 days with no troubles, despite the bad weather conditions, and arrived in Fort Lauderdale for the first time.
A blog, constantly updated by the Captain and the Crew of the Percheron yacht during the cruise through their comments, notes and pictures, will let us be part of the long voyage the owner and his family have begun.
Comments Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s Sales & Marketing Director: “CdM’s Darwin Class generated a huge buzz around the Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale: many clients got in touch with us and their enthusiasm leaves us positively surprised. The three negotiations started during the Show are definitely a positive and substantial signal in this respect! I am very enthusiast to having witnessed the appreciation of CDM shipbuilding approach seamlessly merged with the superyacht finishes and detailing of our vessels. M/Y Percheron will stay in Palm Beach until December, available for visits and inspections, and we are looking forward to showing it also in Miami in February, at the Miami Boat Show: I think the US market is more than ready to appreciate a product with the particular features provided by Cantiere delle Marche both in term of quality and design.”
The new Darwin Class 86 M/Y Percheron, has different layout features from the first “Vitadimare3” yacht that marked the beginning of the shipyard based in Ancona, builder of Italian leisure craft, and specifically displacement-design yachts in steel and alluminium. These important differences testify the great flexibility in fulfill CdM’s clients needs, raising the customization of all CdM projects to quite uncommon standards for this dimension of Yachts.
Ever since its recent foundation, about 20 months ago, Cantiere delle Marche has set out to distinguish itself in terms of the contents of its vessels, focusing on top-flight quality and unique design. Each ship, produced in only a limited number of units, guarantees sturdy, seaworthy performance, combined with low fuel consumption and stunning volumes.
It seems that the market has completely shared CDM’s vision, mission and values, as well as its products: already 7 yachts have been sold to final clients worldwide, and two more are under contract. A terrific results for a new shipyard, in such a difficult economical scenario.
“The yachts that we build here at Cantiere delle Marche are designed into their owners’ image” – says Ennio Cecchini, CEO of CdM – “Percheron in particular, stands out for the intensive and mainly family purposes: the owners left from Cannes in September, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and, after the Boat Shows, they will reach the Caribbean, set course for South America, until the Argentinian coasts. From there, they will cross the Panama Canal and reach Galapagos Islands”.
A voyage that is not coincidental: Cantiere delle Marche is a strong supporter of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research and technical information and assistance to ensure the conservation of the Galapagos Islands for future generations. Since its founding, CdM has pledged to donate a significant amount for each boat sold and the first, important donation came just in Fort Lauderdale, on the 26th October.
Swen Lorenz, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation commented: “Galapagos is one of the world’s most pristine tropical archipelagos, with wildlife that attracts nature-lovers from around the globe. We are delighted about the support provided by Cantiere delle Marche, which helps us to carry out crucial, cutting-edge scientific research.”
Darwin Class, as the name could suggest, are a type of vessels that heralds an advance in the evolution of a species, namely the yacht, which, although it modifies its form, keeps its DNA unchanged, maintaining all the chromosomes that allow it to satisfy its owner’s seagoing yearnings in waters anywhere in the world. The yachts measure from 21 to 40 metres, and they contain features rarely seen in vessels of this size: extra-thick steel plates, engines of heavy-duty dimensions, plus design and construction details normally found of ships with lengths of more than 40 metres.
Adds Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM Sales&Marketing Director: “The yacht’s interior design distinguish itself thanks to the linearity and lightness of the materials: elm and white lacquer, geometrical details of carpentry, vivid ethnic tissues designed by the Maison Hermès Paris, and a deep attention to the spaces for the children. Everything has been thought considering the personality and the voyage plans of the owners”.
CDM’s mission is to make its yachts eco-compatible: an important contribution in this sense is the option to outfit its vessels with Azipod electric diesel engine systems developed in collaboration with the most technologically advanced companies in the shipbuilding industry. Thanks to these innovative, highly manoeuvrable propulsion units the yachts built by Cantiere delle Marche will lower their environmental impact, reduce their emissions and achieve a quantum leap in sailing autonomy before refuelling.
Recently, Cantiere delle Marche announced the new range “Nauta Air”, designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Yacht Design. A range of displacement and semi-displacement vessels with steel or aluminium hulls that measure from 80, to 96, and 105 to 115’ that combine durable substance, seaworthy performance and low fuel consumption with light, airy and contemporary design and ample, liveable volumes. The first sale of a Nauta Air 86’ yacht has been announced last july and will be ready in 2013.