Newly launched Darwin Class 86 superyacht PERCHERON by CdM Yachts

Recently launched by the Italian builder Cantiere delle Marche, the 26-metre ...

Newly launched Darwin Class 86 superyacht PERCHERON by CdM Yachts

July 16, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Recently launched by the Italian builder Cantiere delle Marche, the 26-metre motor yacht Percheron is a wonderful steel and aluminium built vessel, presented as the second Darwin Class 86′ explorer. The Percheron superyacht is designed by Sergio Cutulo of Hydro Tec. Making her debut at the upcoming Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, Percheron will be then presented in the US, at the boat shows in Fort Lauderdale, Miami as well as Palm Beach, where she will represent the excellence of the Marches Region that CdM already espress thanks to the trust of 7 international owners that have selected CdM to construct their future Yacht.

Darwin Class 86 luxury motor yacht PERCHERON by CdM Yachts

Darwin Class 86 luxury motor yacht PERCHERON by CdM Yachts

The new Darwin Class 86 luxury yacht Percheron has a totally different layout features from the first Vitadimare 3 yacht that marked the beginning of the shipyard based in Ancona, builder of Italian leisure craft, and specifically displacement-design yachts in steel and aluminium.

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 kind of dimensions. 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, focussing 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.

“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 will leave from Cannes, cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach the Caribbean and Florida. They will then 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, as it will happen in october, during a public ceremony in Fort Lauderdale during the boat show. Swen Lorenz, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation: “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: extrathick 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 Nauta Air 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, to 105 to 115’ that combine durable substance, seaworthy performance and low fuel consumption with light, airy and contemporary design and ample, liveable volumes.

Main Characteristics of the Darwin Class 86 superyacht Percheron:

Length, overall 26.10 m 85.63 feet
Length, water line 22.87 m 75.00 feet
Beam, moulded 7.43 m 24.42 feet
Depth, moulded 4.00 m 13.12 feet
Draught, at full load 2.30 m 7.55 feet
Displacement, full load 195 t 192 long ton


Fuel oil 42,000 litres 11,096 gallons
Fresh water 3,400 litres 898 gallons
Black water 985 litres 260 gallons
Grey water 2,080 litres 549 gallons
Oil 420 litres 111 gallons
Dirty oil 420 litres 111 gallons
Sewage 985 litres 260 gallons

Engines 2 x CAT C12 287 kW @ 1800 rpm
Reduction gear 2 x ZF W325 i=3.958:1
Diesel generator 2 x 50 kW Kohler or equivalent
Bow thruster Electrical 35 kW

Maximum continuous speed 11.5 knots
Cruising speed 10.0 knots @ 1500 rpm
Range 7.000 nm @ 8.5 knots

Guest 8 (+2) / 4 cabins
Crew 3 (+1) / 2 cabins

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