BY APB Staff on 22 Sep 2019

Cantiere delle Marche announces the successful debut of the second explorer yacht in the series entrusted to Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec

Following the very recent launch of the Darwin 102 M/Y Archipelago, Cantiere delle Marche announces on September 19 the successful launch of the Acciaio 123, which took place during a private and cheerful ceremony.

Cdm Launches Acciaio 123
(Photo: Cantiere delle Marche)

The Acciaio 123 is the second unit in the Acciaio series built by CdM, the first being the Acciaio 105 launched in 2018. Both yachts were entrusted to Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec for its signature naval architecture and engineering. Exterior lines are impeccably contemporary, elegantly contouring a robust body of an explorer vessel. The Acciaio 123 winks at the past with high-end, timeless and sophisticated interiors developed by Cantiere delle Marche’s in-house design department in conjunction with the owners.

Leveraging on CdM’s experience in the construction of explorer yachts renowned for their seakeeping and long range, the Acciaio 123 boasts generous and extremely comfortable interior spaces spread across three decks plus a large sun deck to host – to the highest standards – up to 12 guests in five cabins and seven crew members. For all its characteristics, the Acciaio 123 is an explorer vessel for owners to enjoy the best of ocean exploring in full safety and comfort.

The main deck layout, with a wide-body configuration, grants extra space to all environments from amidship forward. This means that both the galley, located to port side, and the owners; stateroom which occupies the forward section of the deck, are extremely large with the latter enjoying an extremely high level of comfort and livability for a yacht of its size.


Cdm Launches Acciaio 123 1
(Photo: Cantiere delle Marche)

“To create the feeling of a yacht that can explore the oceans in comfort we designed the Acciaio 123 with a high and dominating bow that was then beautifully flared to soften this feeling,” says Sergio Cutolo. “The sheer line of the bow smoothly flows down creating the classic sophisticated yachting style. This flowing feature was then replicated in the design by incorporating the fashion plates that effortlessly glide to both the main deck and upper deck from above. In order to emphasise the fashion plates we created continuous black glass on the superstructure giving the yacht a modern feel. We incorporated a high bulwark either side of the wheel house creating the effect of strength, power and security. We had to work on easing this strength by smoothly incorporating the wing stations with a gentle curve to the bow which was replicated on the superstructure above.”

In an age where eco-friendliness is also becoming increasingly important in the yachting industry, at 37.35m with a beam of 7.8m and a displacement of 320t, the Acciaio 123 has two Caterpillar engines of just 533kW each which allow for a top speed of 13 knots and a range of 5,500 nautical miles at 10 knots. These remarkable figures are obtained thanks to Hydro Tec’s full-displacement hull design featuring a smooth distribution of the lines which provides significant reduction of resistance and excellent seaworthiness.

A proper explorer, the Acciaio 123 has large storage space to navigate for thousands of miles without the need for port calls for provisions. The technical spaces are – as usual – CdM’s feather in the cap for their machineries and equipment, piping and cabling, and their outstanding levels of spaciousness, brightness and meticulously designed layout that allows easy handling and maintenance. Top-end machineries and redundancy in equipment are not only there to make the captain and engineer’s lives easier, they are testament to the yard’s core mission to make navigation of its explorers as safe as possible when in faraway and remote areas of the globe.

Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director of CdM, proudly states: “I am really looking forward to showing this vessel to the market: her technical areas are just incredible as far as finishing, layout, unrivaled engineering and interiors are really surprising in terms of volume and use of the space”. He adds: “Yesterday, while touring the boat with her owners I thought that this yacht confirms that CdM strongly deserves its role as absolute leader of the explorer market between 90 and 145 feet: it is really hard to beat our level of passion, knowledge, expertise, knowhow and ability in designing, engineering and building explorer vessels belonging to this segment”.

Bruno Piantini, General Manager at CdM adds: “I would personally like to thank for his constant support to our team Richard Kaye of Arcon Yachts who acted as the owner’s representative and has always been greatly supportive with everyone at CdM. A special thanks goes also to Michele Santini, Head of Production Department and one of the main pillars of our organisation. Michele is able to constantly improve the level of quality and finishing of our vessels, from the bilges to the most noble areas of them. If someone wants really to understand CdM, he should definitely spend some time working with Michele to understand…!”

More information will be released after the sea trial.