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Cantiere delle Marche sells 42m custom explorer yacht

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche has announced the sale of a custom-made explorer yacht known by the project name Explorer 40.22.

Designed by Florence-based designer Tommaso Spadolini, with naval architecture and engineering by Hydro Tec, initial renderings of the 42 metre yacht show a round displacement hull with a bulbous bow and flat sections aft.

CdM’s co-founder and sales and marketing director Vasco Buonpensiere said the owner’s instructions were for “a strong, comfortable, reliable vessel featuring technical characteristics similar to that of a merchant ship.”

He added, “He asked for a robust steel construction along with system redundancy and proven commercial-grade components to make his new yacht capable and reliable while maximising quality of life aboard.”

The owner, an experienced yachtsman who has previously worked with Spadolini on other yachts, asked for an 'elegant and understated' interior suitable for family use. Emphasis has been put on the yacht's primary function of allowing the owner to take extended and exclusive holidays in comfort, with a number of areas both inside and out designed specifically for relaxation.

"[The owner] asked me for a clean and simple silhouette and generous interior/exterior areas to provide him and his family plenty of spaces to spend long holidays in total relaxation," explained Spadolini. "He gave us precise indications about how private and social areas should be calibrated. He is an experienced yacht owner and is aware of his family's expectations and habits.”

The yacht will offer accommodation for 14 across seven guest suites, including a full beam owners suite with his and hers bathrooms on the main deck forward, and two VIPS and four guest cabins on the lower deck. Crew quarters for six are on the lower deck forward while the captain's cabin is found on the flybridge aft of the pilot house.

Sergio Cutolo, founder and team leader at Hydro Tec, said the project has offered “a totally new challenge” for the company. “The beautiful design from Studio Spadolini required the highest degree of integration with the naval architecture and engineering to keep its unicity and perfect balance,” he said.

Power will come from a pair of Caterpillar C32 Acert engines for a top speed of 14 knots, higher compared to similar designs, while the yacht will have a maximum cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

With a length overall of 42 metres and a beam of 8.5 metres, the yacht will have a displacement of 400 tonnes at full load.

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