The name Blackmores is familiar to many Australians for being a major vitamins and herbal supplements company. Its owner, Marcus Blackmore, and his wife Caroline are also passionate sailors and horizon chasers. They’re further the owners of a newly commissioned Nauta Air 110 yacht from Cantiere delle Marche, which they’ll use for further far-flung journeys.
Like other models in the series, such as the Nauta Air 108 yacht for an American in build (below), styling and interior design is from Nauta Design. “Air” hints at the emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, still supported of course by a robust steel hull for venturing out in sometimes challenging conditions. Simultaneously, the draft is lower than that of other Cantiere delle Marche superyachts, purposely for getting closer to sandy shores. And, a wide stairway spanning the transom serves not just as a great way to access the water lapping those shores, but also as the dominant stylistic feature.
Although full design details aren’t available, the Blackmores have requested ample alfresco lounging areas aboard this 110-footer (30.5-meter). They’ll occupy both the main deck and upper deck. Additionally, the owners want to dine outside frequently, so parts of the aft upper deck and the sundeck will deliver space accordingly.
Finally, since this Nauta 110 yacht is still a true explorer, she should be capable of upwards of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Twin Caterpillar power should allow a top speed of 13 knots, too.
Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and CEO of the shipyard, notes that the Blackmores enjoy competing in regattas. While this is pretty unusual in light of the Nauta Air 110 yacht being a motoryacht, and an explorer motoryacht at that, Buonpensiere adds, “Marcus Blackmore, apart from being a visionary entrepreneur and benefactor, is a true sailor and explorer himself.” In fact, he continues, the Blackmores have used their Southern Wind sailing yachts, each christened Ammonite, to visit “some of the most remote archipelagoes lost in the expanses of the Pacific Ocean.” That, Buonpensiere asserts, makes the couple an ideal match for what the shipyard offers.
Interestingly, the new contract is the latest in several for Australian-based buyers for the shipyard. “The abundance of magnificent shores far from well-equipped harbors and marinas has underscored the importance of explorer-like qualities,” Buonpensiere notes. “Our yachts actually open new horizons to all those passionate owners who would love exploring the pristine and wild Australian coasts or sail through the expanses of the Pacific Ocean.”
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More About the Nauta 110 Yacht
LOA: 109’9” (30.5 meters)
Beam: 24’6” (7.5 meters)
Draft: not specified
Guests: 10 in 5 staterooms
Engines: 2/715-hp Caterpillars
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Builder: Cantiere delle Marche
Stylist: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: Cantiere delle Marche/Hydro Tec
Interior Designer: Nauta Design