cdm-launches-darwin-102-uptight

3 images

Credit: Uptight Sportfishing

CdM delivers Darwin 106 explorer yacht Uptight

11 May 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche has delivered its 32 metre Darwin 106 explorer yacht Uptight. The yacht left Ancona on April 2 and has since embarked on an ambitious maiden voyage through Montenegro and Greece on her journey to Croatia.

Uptight was sold to an American owner in May 2019 and will now serve as the mothership to a sportfishing fleet which includes a 20 metre Viking Yacht and ten metre Yellowfin. 

The sale marked the shipyard's first leap into the US market

Uptight completes her maiden voyage to Croatia
Credit: Uptight Sportfishing

“We knew that our explorers perfectly fitted with American owners' requirements," said Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and sales and marketing director at CdM. "It has taken us a few years to penetrate the American market but we made it, eventually, as scheduled".

The yacht is based on the shipyard's Darwin 106 naval platform, designed by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec, and has been modified to accommodate a number of sportfishing customisations on board. The stern platform has been transformed into an enclosed fishing cockpit with a central "battle station" with screwless rod holders placed along a teak caprail around the cockpit. Meanwhile, flush floor tanks for live bait are located in the cockpit floor.

Where you might expect a beach club set-up or lazarette is now a fully-equipped workshop for the preparation of bait with ice makers and freezers for long-term food conservation.

“The owner of the Darwin 106 has a great deal of experience in yachting and is assisted by a highly experienced team. This means a lot to us. It is proof that we are doing our job properly combining construction and technical qualities with style and elegance," continued Buonpensiere.

The owner hopes to take Uptight on month-long fishing expeditions in Alaska with the help of twin Caterpillar C18 Acert 500kW engines offering a range of 4,700 nautical miles and a top speed of 13 knots.

Below deck, Uptight's interior has been designed by Francesco Guida and can accommodate up to 10 guests. The owner's stateroom sits on the upper deck and opens onto a stern terrace, while the remaining guest accommodation is positioned on the lower deck, comprised of two double cabins, two twins and a large VIP suite. A sociable ‘country kitchen’ was a special request made by the owner and is connected to a large main saloon.

Meanwhile, Uptight’s on-deck tender is in production at Florida-based boatyard Dragonfly Boatworks.