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Darwin 102 yacht Galego delivered by Cantiere delle Marche

Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche has delivered the third hull in its Darwin 102 series of 31.1 metre steel and aluminium explorer yachts. The new arrival was christened Galego in a ceremony in Ancona on April 22, and her owner took delivery towards the end of last month.

The yard adds that the Galego will spend her debut season cruising the Adriatic sea before making her public debut at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival.

Ennio Cecchini, co-founder and CEO of Cantiere delle Marche, said, “It is a huge project in every aspect and I am certain that the relationship we established with these clients made the results simply amazing.”

Following in the wake of Acala and Babbo, Galego sports exterior design and naval architecture by Hydro-Tec. Key customisations include higher 2.18 metre headroom inside for a total interior volume of 244GT, while the superyacht sundeck has been split into two distinct areas: a lounge and a fitness area.

Pierluigi Floris created a warm and welcoming interior style for Galego, with Hermes wallpaper, walnut wood panelling, leather wall linings from Poltrona Frau and selected pieces from Minotti and Baxter.

Accommodation is for eight guests in four staterooms, including an owner’s cabin, a VIP and two twin rooms. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to seven people and the tender garage includes room for several water toys and a dive centre.

Watch as Galego hits the water for the first time

Power comes from a pair of Caterpillar diesel engines for a top speed of 13.6 knots, while the electric fin stabiliser system will ensure a smooth cruising experience. When trimmed back to ten knots, Galego will boast a globetrotting maximum range of 5,900 nautical miles, drawing on a total fuel capacity of more than 40,000 litres. This will be put to the test towards the end of the year, when she will cruise across the Atlantic for the Caribbean season.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 42 metre flagship yacht Project K42, which is due to hit the water next year.

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