if there only could be the possibility to properly translate in words the positive energy and the atmosphere we are experiencing here at CdM in these days!!! Six yachts are keeping our team busy and excited, indeed: five yachts are under construction proceeding at a steady pace, and M/Y Rosey (ex Yolo - Nauta Air 86) is undergoing an extensive interiors refit for her new owner.
We have still to recover from the amazing and joyful launch of the second of four Darwin Class 102 sold: M/Y Babbo, a very special vessel which also features interiors designed by the acclaimed Mexican architect Simon Hamui. An increased sun deck and a completely different Master Cabin lay out differentiate this Darwin 102 from her sistership M/Y Acala. The family will cruise the Med extensively this year, enjoying the beauty of Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Greece and the italian islands before heading to the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes in September.
I take this opportunity also to mention the first Darwin 102, M/Y Acala, which - after having reached Florida from Europe - has started her pro-diving trip. They are no stopping putting miles under their keel and after having been in Bahamas, Cuba and the Mayan coast of Mexico, they are now in Belize on the Blue Hole (check our instagram account to see amazing pics of her)!
A World Premiere and CdM new Flagship it is also just a few days away from her launch : the Nauta Air 108 M/Y Narvalo. Designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino at Nauta Design, she will show to the whole world that CdM is bringing the Explorer concept to new frontiers. Thanks to the joint creative effort of Nauta Design and the owners (a very sophisticated family with great taste and incredible knowledge of design and architecture), in fact, our Nauta Air 108 with its timeless and elegant design, demonstrates that for a Yacht to enter into the Explorer category, it is not a matter of look. Having witnessed in the last years many White Yachts dressed like Explorer Vessels, after having created the one and only Darwin Class, we are proud to present... another real Explorer Yacht. At CdM we are strongly convinced, in fact, that being an Explorer Yacht is about the quality of the build, its reliability, overengineering, redundancies, seaworthiness and clever arrangements for crew, toys and guests who want to travel extensively hasslefree. Once you are able to create, engineer and build that, just give it the exterior line you consider more adequate to it and expand your horizons!
Have a great Med Season!
Twenty-four metres of registered length, about thirty thousand miles and two Atlantic
Crossings in three years: this data does not normally go together in our industry.
Can you tell us what happened and what was CdM's role in all of that?
Entering our fourth year of ownership I can wholeheartedly say that CdM has built us a superb yacht, capable of reliably doing everything we ask of it - and with ample margin in all: space, comfort, noise, safety, ease of operation, and of course fun. The support and service we get from the shipyard is excellent to a level that I dare say is quite unique in the industry.
Having the privilege of owning a mini-vessel like the Darwin 86 and having it travel on a carrier, is a bit like owning a sailboat and never raising its sails. The Darwin truly is a go-anywhere yacht and an Atlantic crossing is well within its capabilities. For this last crossing we did not take the November window but rather waited for a chance at good initial conditions early in the year. Testament to the very high build standard and reliable & well maintained systems, all that was needed on arrival was a thorough wash and clean. In the fuel tanks more than 20,000 litres to spare, or the equivalent to 12 (check) days of fuel left on board at the same power combination.
After all this time cruising on Percheron both in the Med and the Atlantic, tell us a
bit about your experience. Which are your favourite anchorages (destinations?) and why?
Both have a lot to offer but their attractions are completely different. Both are roughly the same size although the Med is an "inner sea" surrounded by land, cities and millennial cultures that laid the foundations of western civilisation. Every corner of the Med has multiple stories to tell, from dozens of angles, it is awash in history and that is fascinating even for youngsters. Diversity in everything, people, culture, languages, tastes, even winds!
Compared to the Caribbean the cruising season is short. During the 4-week peak it is a challenge to find suitable and uncrowded anchorages, albeit considerably easier with the benefits of the Darwin (ample range, excellent stabilisation, high gross tonnage and enough chain). Not having yet made it to Turkey and Greece we liked Sardegna and Corsica most for anchorages. Menorca and Elba are both very charming.
Only a few hours of cruising from Miami one can opt to explore Cuba, swim the tranquil waters of the Exumas or explore the outer islands - this before even entering the Caribbean. It certainly doesn't offer the cultural breadth and depth that Mediterranean waters offer. But it is natural and naturally beautiful, captivating in and out of the water and is blessed with some of the world's most attractive beaches. It exudes charm and remains - in many places - unspoilt.
CdM is definitely one of the most succesful and celebrated shipyards worldwide in their market segment:
in your opinion what is the reason why they have accomplished such success in a relatively short time-frame?
CdM has gone from strength to strength because it delivers an excellent product and provides an excellent service. It is that simple. As long as it keeps doing that the order book will remain strong for a long time.
I also believe that key to the success has been the ability to stay manageable and strongly focused on quality. A highly personalised service, excellent design platforms, experience in building, eye for detail and willingness to adapt to client demands are essential building blocks. What is unique about CdM is that you get all of that in one shipyard.
If you should choose among the many pictures of your holidays on Percheron, which would be the one you consider the more representative of what a vessel like that can give to Yacht passionates like you and your family?
These two pictures taken on opposite sides of the Atlantic are classic Darwin in my view.
The panoramic shows an empty beach somewhere in south-eastern Sardegna, far from coastal resorts but at the height of the August season.
Percheron can just be seen in the background and has not succumbed to a Sirocco that is starting to spruce things up a little.
This picture was taken a couple years ago in Culebrita off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. We didn't overnight because of the clearly visible reef on both sides of the bay, but we spent a day there exploring the island and found an abandoned lighthouse (built by the Spanish in the late 19th Century). It is from that view-point the picture is taken. To Percheron's starboard is an exceptionally beautiful beach, unseen in the picture. The swell is coming in and on-board the electric stabilizers are completing the job for the already heavy hull.
Bumping into another Darwin a few years ago would have been almost impossible. Last summer three CdM builds coincidentally met in Corsica and Sardegna: the beautifully designed "Noga", Percheron and younger sister "Stella del Nord". The foto below was taken in Bonifacio.
But undoubtedly the most representative pictures are the ones we take at the end, almost always on the platform, everybody in (sometimes 16 with the crew!), name plate barely visible behind big smiling faces. It is the ultimate family holiday. We always want to go back.
Cantiere delle Marche is famous all over the world for its extreme attention to detail and outfitting of the machine rooms; what has impressed you the most?
As Captain of a vessel, I enjoy seeing a ship come to life, from the drawings to her completion. Within the CDM team, each and every part of the building is important. I am really impressed by the work being done in the engine room, such as the large space with access to work areas (as compared with other 30 mt vessels) and the attention and organization of each and every detail that make the overall area very functional and orderly. At CDM, I reckon the values of openness, respect, innovation, teamwork and commitment to be crucial in achieving this amazing engine room. As with all of us, it is what I consider to be the heart of the boat, and CDM has truly achieved to make it pulse with passion and strenght.
During the vessel building, it is normal to encounter unexpected difficulties or receive special requests from the ship-owner; what was CdM's response on these occasions?
CDM managed to meet both the ship-owner's and the crew's expectations. I appreciate working with a dynamic, vibrant team that has experience and is able to provide solutions to overcoming issues encountered during the building and equipping phase. First and foremost, CDM shows responsiveness and flexibility in dealing with difficulties. They never give up and make it a point of honor to deliver a ship meeting all expectations, using creativity and resourcefulness.
The summer season is about to start and the Darwin 102 will be ready soon for her first navigation period: tell us about "Babbo" cruising plan for 2016 season.
The summer 2016 season is beginning early in June. We will start by sailing on the Adriatic sea within view of the beautiful coast of Croatia and its stunning islands. Then we will continue to cruise to Greece followed by South of Italy and Sicily. The cruise will continue on the west coast of Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and will finish at the end of September on the French Riviera. During this Mediterranean cruise there will be many things for the ship-owner and his guests to enjoy: moorings in wonderful bays, beautiful ports and charming towns, diving and other watersports.
You are a captain of great experience, however this have been your first building
followed from the beginning: can you tell us something about your expectations and your CDM Experience?
I had many experiences in refit and actually following the building process from the beginning was new for me. CDM team was extremely supportive every time I needed help. From the very beginning I was warmly welcomed by everyone (even to the extent of helping to book a hotel not too far from the yard). During the building process, the team was willing to help me every new step of the way, whatever the area or field involved. I was honestly not expecting so much and was very pleasantly surprised.
Thank you everybody!
Cantiere delle Marche has attended for the first time Montenapoleone Yacht Club, the exclusive event in Milan organized by Nautica Italiana and MonteNapoleone Association from 16-th to the 22nd of May.
The event links fashion and luxury jewellery with the nautical world, with many selected boutiques playing host to the most important shipyards, as well as famous boating brands. Cdm partnered with Sabbadini, one of the finest examples of the Italian jewellery tradition, a history of passion, creativity and productivity.
The marriage between the two brands proved to be very successful, with many friends among the owners, architects, experts of the nautical sector and journalists community paying visit to the cosy and elegant boutique. Cantiere delle Marche presented a preview of the flagship Nauta Air 108 'M/Y Narvalo, which will be launched in late May in Ancona: the scale model of the vessel, adorned with the famous Sabbadini's bee, was one of the main attraction of the event.
The event kicked off with a cocktail party in which Cantiere delle Marche stood-off thanks to its "CdM Cocktail". Just like each new yacht undergoes the ritual of breaking a bottle of champagne at its launch, Cantiere delle Marche as well has decided to "launch" this first participation with a new cocktail signed by CdM.
The "CdM Cocktail" is inspired by the flavours of the sea and designed by the bartender Carlo Tacconi, director of the historical Pasticceria Taveggia in Milan. It is made from gin mare, with dry martini and infusion of Kombu seaweed in sea water. A tribute of the Ancona shipyard to the city of Milan, home of the "aperitivo". In fact, this drink ties the world of sailing to the city promoter of trends and fashions around the world throughout the year. The CdM cocktail can thus become the protagonist of the Aperitivo Milanese ritual and reduce the distance between the capital of Lombardy and the sea, at least in the scents and flavours.
Numerous toasts delighted the beautiful evening and guests continued to visit the Sabbadini's premises throughout the duration of the event. The week-long Montenapoleone Yacht Club proved to be a charming and valuable moment to meet the industry at its best and CdM can't wait to show it off next year with a new, breakthrough vessel.
Cantiere delle Marche is delighted with the instant success enjoyed by its Instagram channel @cantieredellemarche. It now has over 1000 followers and opens a window onto the website www.cantieredellemarche.it with a special section reserved for the most popular pictures.
The home page will also feature photos and films sent in directly by yacht-owners from trips taken aboard their Darwin Class and Nauta Air explorer yachts.
"Our customers, staff and friends have always participated enthusiastically in the various channels available such as the CdM Experience or by giving personal accounts in the I AM CDM 2014/2015 campaign. Since we set up the Cantiere Instagram channel we have begun to receive pictures of our yachts from all over the world. We are very proud to be part of a community that continues to flourish with every day that passes!" - Vasco Buonpensiere.
More than ever before, Cantiere delle Marche is honouring the philosophy embodied in the DNA of its Explorer yachts, expanding its horizons and bringing together people who love sailing.