Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche has announced the order of a 43 metre fully custom explorer yacht.
The project, dubbed Deep Blue 43, has been designed by Horacio Bozzo Design and is already under construction for a 2021 delivery. It comes after the contract for the superyacht was signed in December.
Commissioned by an experienced owner, who has owned yachts built by Feadship, Lürssen and Blohm and Voss, the 42.9 metre yacht will have a beam of 8.6 metres.
A repeat customer of CdM, the client has previously owned a CdM Darwin 102, which he used for cruising in the Mediterranean, as well as further flung adventures in the Pacific and Atlantic.
“Designing an explorer for a super-experienced owner who grew up around boats and understands yachting perfectly, is very gratifying,” Bozzo said. “We started from a white piece of paper and brainstormed a lot with him to fulfil the whole family needs.”
The yard described the yacht’s exterior profile as clean and “vaguely severe”, adding that it captures “the very soul of an explorer vessel”. Naval architecture, meanwhile, has been handled by Hydro Tec, which also developed the engineering in collaboration with the yard’s technical department.
While the project’s interior designer has not yet been announced, a basic internal layout has been confirmed. The 440GT interior will accommodate a total of 12 guests in six cabins arranged across the main and lower decks.
The saloon will also sit on the main deck, with a panoramic sky lounge on the upper deck. A large cockpit will feature a large swimming pool and plenty of relaxation areas for guests. The owner has also specifically requested large and comfortable crew quarters to facilitate his plans to travel to “the farthest corners of the world”.
While the propulsion package has not been revealed, the yard said the yacht will be equipped to undertake the adventurous expeditions of the owner. With large fuel tanks and “extremely frugal" consumption, the yacht will have “an extraordinary range,” the yard promised.
CdM sales and marketing director Vasco Buonpensiere also revealed that dedicating one build slot a year to a fully custom project is a key part of the yard’s commercial strategy.
“Building these one-off vessels is a great opportunity for our team to learn something new and to work out of its comfort zone: this is the only key to move forward and improve, in our opinion, and that’s why we opted for this strategy,” he said.