43m custom explorer Acala launched at Cantiere delle Marche

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43m custom CdM explorer Acala begins sea trials

9 February 2022• Written by Holly Overton


Motor Yacht


Cantiere delle Marche ·  42.9 m ·  2022

The 43 metre custom Cantiere delle Marche explorer yacht Acala has begun sea trials following her official launch last month.

Acala was commissioned by an experienced yachtsman and a repeat client of the Italian shipyard who had previously owned a Darwin 102 by the same name. With plans to cruise to the farthest corners of the world, Acala offers 440GT of volume with a full displacement steel hull and generous crew quarters at the request of the owner. She is due to be delivered in the spring.

Acala marks the first collaboration with the Viareggio-based designer and naval architect Horacio Bozzo who handled the exterior design. Her profile is described by the shipyard as "severe" with a raked bow and compact superstructure. Naval architecture comes courtesy of Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec.

The interior, designed by Mexican architect Simon Hamui, can sleep a total of 12 guests across six cabins. The main deck is home to three large VIP cabins and a master suite set to starboard, while the remaining guest accommodation, made up of two twins, can be found on the deck below.

Interior highlights include an "intimate" main saloon and panoramic sky lounge on the upper deck. On deck is a large cockpit and swimming pool; up top is a partially shaded sundeck with a second pool and dining area served by a dumbwaiter.

The main tender is stored forward on the upper deck while the lazarrette provides a large storage area. Acala is powered by twin Caterpillar C32 Acert engines with a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 10 knots, and a top speed of 14 knots.

“The work on technical specifications has been extremely detailed and it lasted almost 12 months to achieve a double result: to build a 43-metre yacht with the most detailed and comprehensive specs we have ever drawn up and to proceed with no need of major modifications as construction progressed,” said Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director.

“In the light of this approach and procedures, within the team we joke around saying that we have built the smallest 80-metre yacht ever built!,” he added.

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