Based in Ancona, on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, Cantiere delle Marche builds long-range, luxury explorer yachts, both semi-custom and custom, from 26 to 43 metres in length.
History of Cantiere delle Marche
Just a decade old, CDM has a firm hold on the small to mid-size explorer yacht market. It was founded in 2011 by a group of veteran shipbuilders, including members of Italy’s Cecchini family, international leaders in the construction of gas and chemical tanker ships and other commercial vessels. The shipyard also is associated with Costruzioni e Progettazioni Navali (CPN), which specialises in metal outfitting for yachts and merchant ships, and Maurizio Gasparroni’s yacht interior construction business.
For the first 8 years of its existence, CDM focused on just two product lines and was sufficiently successful to move onto Boat International’s list of the top 20 boat builders in 2018 with its traditional explorer Darwin Class yachts of 86 to 115 feet; and the contemporary Nauta Air line, which has been discontinued.
A rugged new line emerged in 2020 when the yard debuted its new flagship, a 40 meter Flexplorer. Along with celebrating its first decade of business in 2021, CDM’s semi-custom lines have coalesced around the Darwin Class model platforms at 92, 102 and 112 feet; the Flexplorer at 130 and 140 feet and the RJ series based on platforms at 115 and 130 feet, while continuing to build custom yachts as well.