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.
Only two years old, Italian boatbuilder Cantiere delle Marche has already forged a solid reputation with sturdy steel-and-aluminum vessels built for worldwide exploration. The experienced team behind this new shipyard focuses on owners and a small production of high-quality, long-range luxury cruising yachts designed to meet those owners’ needs.