The new images, displayed in the slider above, demonstrate the level of detail and intricate craftsmanship that has been put into the construction of this next-generation explorer yacht. Cantiere delle Marche’s Crowbridge manages to perfectly capture both the adventurous and daring spirit of swashbuckling explorer, as well as the comfort, luxury and elegance of a ‘floating palace’.
Crowbridge’s designer, Tommaso Spadolini, shares his insight behind the yacht’s striking exterior profile and unique interior layout.
“The yacht is for very experienced repeat clients of mine who have owned several previous yachts, although all of them have been planning hulls,” explains Spadolini. “They decided to make the switch to a custom displacement yacht for family reasons and wanted to cruise in more leisurely comfort.”
Crowbrige reaches a top speed of 15 knots and cruises at an economical 10 knots, something new to the owners who had been used to making fast transfers at 25 knots. However, to her advantage her 8.5m beam offers considerably more space for her owners, which they could customise to their own preferences and taste.
“The owners had several specific requests, starting with the clean and sober profile as well as generous interior and exterior as they spend several weeks at a time on board. These may seem like common requirements for a large yacht, but he and his wife approached the project with very precise ideas of how they wanted the private and social areas to be set up.
“We worked closely with Sergio Cutolo’s Hydro Tec studio to maximise the internal volumes and in the superstructure we managed to create the perfect compromise between the interior layout and both the size and positioning of the large windows.
‘An unusual request was to have six ensuite guest cabins on the lower deck – three double cabins for the owners’ sons and three twin single cabins for their grandchildren – which is rare on a yacht of this size.
“The master stateroom is on the main deck forward. Again, the suite is very spacious for a 42m yacht and includes a private study, a big walk-in wardrobe, separate His and Hers bathrooms with a common shower stall, and a day sofa that converts into a bed.
“Arguably the focal point of the yacht is the large galley on the main deck, where much of the family life on board is centred. It is well-stocked with fridges and freezers for long trips and there is a dumbwaiter to the pantry on the deck above.
“The family preferred a traditional salon and dining room on the main deck, but specified an identical extendable dining table on the upper deck – a practical solution that reflects their yachting experience. The sundeck has a saltwater hot tub, bar unit and small dining lounge, but is otherwise dedicated to sunbathing with big, comfy sunbeds.
“The original design has a side-loading tender garage in the stern, but on reflection the owners decided to house the tender on the upper deck aft and dedicate the garage to toys such as an Optimist and a Laser sailing boat, which are deployed from the central transom staircase. The space further houses extra cold storage and a washing machine and drier for crew use.
“Experienced owners invariably bring a lot of good ideas to custom projects like this and make life easier for the design and build teams. This was very much the case with Crowbridge and I know for a fact that the family will have some wonderful times on board.”
Crowbridge is undoubtedly another fine addition to the rapidly growing Cantierre delle Marche superyacht fleet. The Italian shipyard prides itself on taking brave choices, driving explorer yachts into a new era through constant innovation.