Cantiere delle Marche delivers Darwin 102 Acala with custom dive centre
by Risa Merl
Italian yacht builder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) has delivered its latest explorer yacht, the 31 metre Darwin Class 102 Acala. CdM reports the yacht is making her Atlantic crossing bound for a Central American client but will make her public debut during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this November.
Acala’s experienced owner’s previous yachts were delivered by Northern European yards. The hands-on owner closely collaborated with Cantiere delle Marche on Acala so his personality and usage of the yacht is tied into its design.
Big boat customisations abound, from the dive centre in the lazarette that hosts a nitrox compressor to air conditioning in the outdoor living areas. The swim platform has been enlarged so Acala can accommodate two sizeable tenders – a six metre custom yacht tender by McMullen and Wing and another nearly five metre tender.
“In the shipyard, we say that this is the smallest ever built 60 metres, and we say this because of the many solutions that are not normally found on yachts of this size,” said Ennio Cecchini, CDM founder, at Acala’s launch. “Just look at the garage: its components and the organisation of space and stowage are enough to understand.”
Acala’s owner chose a five cabin layout with the owner’s stateroom set forward. Crew accommodations host up to seven crew members.
The interior is artfully designed by famed South American designer Simon Hamui, who had worked with the yacht’s owner previously on some of his houses and offices. Hamui has carried forward the ceiling heights and wide open spaces found in the owner’s homes into his new yacht.