The yachting lifestyle and especially the exploration lifestyle continue to attract buyers. Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) came out of the just-concluded Cannes Yachting Festival with two new contracts. It also says three further new builds are about to close as a result of the show.
Typically, experienced cruisers gravitate toward explorer yachts, and CdM’s experience is no different. One of the clients, while new to the shipyard, has owned several well-known brands of production boats. This customer is therefore stepping into a custom build for the first time. Specifically, the design of the RJ 115, a model which sprang out of RJ, ticked the right boxes. (On a related note, RJ was on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival, and will be at next week’s Monaco Yacht Show.)
The new RJ 115 (directly above), like her inspiration, comes from the drawing boards of Francesco Paszkowski Design. The lines are therefore a bit softer and even sportier than a typical expedition yacht’s styling. However, the megayacht—the fourth RJ-related contract this year, in fact—still can crisscross oceans and take on some challenging conditions.
The other contract, meanwhile, is for a repeat CdM customer. Hailing from South America, the owner inked a contract for what the yard calls an EXP 42 (top). This 141-footer (43-meter) is a trideck design, inspired by another megayacht seeing delivery from CdM next year. She, too, bears styling by Francesco Paszkowski Design. Noteworthy features include an elongated aft deck for leisurely alfresco living. She also unusually includes four guest suites on her main deck. This yields more room for the crew’s quarters below deck.
Despite the different profiles, both megayachts are 499 gross tons. And, of course, both have steel hulls and aluminum superstructures.
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