IF YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF A SUPERYACHT, BUT YOU'VE NOWHERE TO PUT ONE, you should maybe have a word with Cantiere delle Marche. The Ancona, Italy, shipyard’s Darwin range might look like it’s cashing in on the explorer trend, but there is a lot more to it than that.
If there were any doubt that the owner of Percheron—the second Darwin 86 from Cantiere delle Marche (CdM)—really intended to use his expedition yacht for long-range cruising, there should not be any now. Percheron was launched in time for the 2012 Cannes Boat Show where I had a chance to get aboard. It was mid-September and she was already raring to go.
The Percheron is a beautiful and muscular horse, bred for its intelligence and willingness to work. The same goes for Cantiere delle Marche’s Darwin series, a range of sturdy explorer-style vessels “bred”—or rather, developed—for their long-range and seakeeping abilities.