CdM launches flagship Darwin Class 107 Storm
by Philip Reynolds
CdM unveiled the 107ft, 300-ton Storm on Wednesday. The steel and aluminium yacht is the flagship boat of the Ancona-based yard and the seventh vessel in its Darwin Class series.
The fully customised ship has been bought by an English owner who intends to spend up to 120 days a year with his family on Storm.
Ennio Cecchini, the CEO of CdM, hailed the engineering and quality of Storm and the exciting nature of the project.
He said: “Building this yacht was exciting in every respect: the synergy between shipowner and crew, the goals shared by them and the whole CdM team, and the driving force created by a common passion for the explorer ship and the quality of the construction details has really created a special ship.”
Mr Cecchini said Storm was incomparable with any other ship of its size, adding that there was a perfect balance between its operational and leisure areas.
The completion of Storm marks CdM’s first delivery of a vessel over 100ft and the beginning in a series of launches of yachts all above 100ft with two Darwin Class 102s and a Nauta Air 108 and Nauta Air 111 under construction.
CdM said the Darwin Class 107 yacht has absorbed all the updates introduced on the new Darwin 86 and 102 boats, which include a more balanced longitudinal profile for a more contemporary style, the increased window surface, lowered gunwale for a closer contact with the sea.
From the technical point of view, the Darwin 107 is the direct development of smaller models and takes into account the feedbacks from the navigation experience of the six preceding models that have already sailed thousands of miles.
CdM styles itself as the world leader in the market of displacement yachts in steel and aluminium and the robust Darwin Class are built for long range cruising and ocean voyages.
Among the stand-out features of the yacht is the presence of a radio room adjacent to the bridge. The technical areas on deck have been designed according to the needs of the owner and his captain. The hydraulic related to the thrusters was engineered after specific requests on part of the captain.
There are four cabins and the interior has been overseen by the PFA Design studio. There is a large kitchen, which doubles as an informal area and, said CdM, is comparable to boats up to 15m longer.
Storm has a range of 5,000nm at a speed of 10 knots, and a cruising speed of 11 knots and top speed of 13. She has two Caterpillar C18 ACERT 500kW engines.