A new client for Cantiere delle Marche has a number of things in common with the shipyard’s previous explorer-yacht buyers. Still, he’s quite different. The buyer of a newly singed Flexplorer 146 intends not just to cruise all over the oceans, but to fish, too.
A play on “flexible explorer,” the Flexplorer series so far includes Aurelia, launched last year, and Maverick, still in build. Each features a bulbous bow and rugged engineering. They’re especially for crisscrossing oceans and voyaging to remote regions. Simultaneously, the Flexplorer series serves as a home away from home for owners and guests.
Measuring 145’4” (44.33 meters) LOA, this Flexplorer 146 adds a special twist, since her Swiss owner is a passionate big-game angler. In fact, he’s owned several sportfishermen over the years. Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and sales and marketing director for the shipyard, says meeting him “was an honor and a joy.” Furthermore, “he is a trendsetter in the highly profiled and exclusive community he belongs to,” he adds.
Cantiere delle Marche hasn’t divulged any fishing features. However, it does say the megayacht should have a range exceeding 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots with twin Caterpillar diesels and carry 15,850 gallons (60,000 liters) of fuel. Additionally, the yacht will carry a sizable tender aft on her main deck. Interestingly, the other Flexplorer yachts also put a hefty tender here, launched via a robust A-frame crane. This Flexplorer 46, though, won’t have that type of launching system.
Bearing styling by Hydro Tec and interiors by Nauta Design, the Flexplorer 146 will take a total of 10 passengers on global trips, whether for fishing or for pure fun. As you’d expect, the master suite will sit forward on the main deck, with an office. Notably, the main saloon just aft will have an asymmetric arrangement, specifically full beam on the starboard side. It creates more usable space in the lounge, with large views out toward anchorages. Amid the other decks of the trideck Flexplorer 146 are a sundeck and a capacious alfresco sunning and social area. The latter is fully aft on the main deck when the tender will be in the water. Apparently, the tender will be off deck quite a lot. The shipyard says the deck space will cater to friends and family most of the time.
Ennio Cecchini, the shipyard’s CEO, says he’ll personally follow the progress of the project. “There has been an immediate positive vibe between myself and this fantastic yacht owner,” he explains.
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