Exploring Australia’s Yachting Playground with CdM

By George Bains

The arrival of Italian yacht builder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) in Australia this month should come as no surprise. The renowned builder of high-quality explorer vessels has a growing Australasian clientele, and the opening of a representative office in Sydney reflects both the quality of CdM’s products and the remarkable opportunities for superyachts in Australia. For exciting adventures on the water, Australia and CdM are very much a match made in heaven.

Australia has long been a destination with untapped potential for superyachts. The passing of important charter legislation in December 2019 has inspired optimism that international superyachts can now discover all the natural wonders of this incredibly diverse country.

From the rugged wilderness of the Kimberley to the underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is brimming with unique experiences and abundant flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else. For superyachts, this translates into unlimited cruising grounds where you can enjoy all-year-round yachting activity in a range of pristine natural environments.  

With the age of the explorer yacht very much upon us, there is no greater destination to unleash these long-range vessels than Australia. Since 2010, Cantiere delle Marche has been one of the world’s leading builders of luxury explorer yachts, and the shipyard’s presence in Australia speaks volumes for the future of cruising Down Under.

Increasingly, owners and charters are realising the possibilities for enthralling superyacht experiences in Australia. CdM’s range of innovative explorer models provides the perfect platform for such expeditions.

TrueBlue (ex-Babbo) is the latest CdM yacht to arrive in Australia following her purchase by an Australian owner. The 31m Darwin Class 102 is one of the Italian shipyard’s most popular models, with a range of 4,500nm and a considerable volume of 246GT which dwarfs many yachts of her size.

While Australia is blessed with phenomenal cruising locations, at present many of the more remote regions have limitations when it comes to berthing facilities. CdM’s range of explorer yachts, which generally sits between 30 and 45 metres, is well placed to ensure that no destination is out of reach for owners and guests, unlocking the full potential of Australia for luxury superyacht travel.

Though CdM is a young shipyard, it draws on a wealth of experience, knowledge and specialised crafts which come together in the orchestration of a high-quality, bespoke superyacht. Based in the superyacht-building hub of Ancona, CdM has always strived to offer the best product on the market when it comes to innovative explorer yachts.

In the last decade, the shipyard has quickly earned a glowing international reputation as an exceptional builder of modern, technologically advanced and timeless explorers. This has involved working with leading designers and architects, including Italian designers Francesco Paszkowski, Francsco Guida, Sergio Cutolo as well as esteemed Dutch studio Vripack. The Made in Italy tag is by no means a new sensation in the market, yet CdM is proving that this can be reimagined to suit the ever-evolving demands of modern superyacht owners.

The Darwin Class and Flexplorer superyacht lines have been crafted not only to sail for thousands of miles each year, but also to provide extreme comfort and an opulent lair through all weather conditions. CdM has a proven platform for those that want to see, do and experience more than has ever been possible before on a superyacht.

The interest in CdM explorers from Australasian clientele may well have much to do with owners not currently being able to access their vessels in the Mediterranean and other areas of the world. Instead, attention has turned to the amazing experiences available much closer to home.

There is already much interest in Australia and the South Pacific from many of the global explorer fleet and, when international travel resumes, we can expect to see considerable superyacht migration towards the region.

By George Bains
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