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.
The new 80 is the latest in a very long line, and pretty much everything about it speaks of the shipyard’s expertise in balancing the realities of production-line economics with customers’ expectations of a bespoke finish. So things like the hardtop and hot tub are optional extras, along with the stabilizer system—you can have CMC fins or Seakeepers—and as for the engines, there’s a choice of just two.
When Sunreef introduced the 82 Double Deck as a more fuel-efficient alternative to a motoryacht, little did the company executives imagine the first buyers would be a couple dissatisfied with their own powerboat—or that they would take the catamaran, christened Houbara, around the world.
It’s a gorgeous cool day under a clear blue Miami sky and I’m on board the new Fairline Targa 62GT. It’s my second chance to explore this sleek boat, which debuted at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. While I had a good tour then, there’s nothing like experiencing a boat in motion to truly appreciate the thought behind the design.
The Azimut 84 flybridge yacht is debuting at the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach this year. Achille Salvagni, a reputed Italian designer, created the Azimut 84’s appealing interior, which is offered in four predetermined design schemes, each with variants in style and color.
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 SL94, first, has elegance. Francesco Paszkowski Design—also responsible for the edgier Sanlorenzo Alloy series—penned this tasteful flybridge yacht in the Sanlorenzo tradition, built in composite in Ameglia, Italy. No matter what interior style owners may decide to go for, this envelope offers a great canvas on which to express one’s creativity.