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Lee Marine gets new agency for expedition yachts

Lee Marine gets new agency for expedition yachts

PHUKET: Phuket’s Lee Marine yacht dealership and brokerage, has announced that it has been appointed the exclusive agent in China, Southeast Asia and Australia for Italian shipbuilder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), maker of customised, steel-hulled expedition “niche” megayachts.

Friday 30 March 2012, 11:52AM


It’s a deal: Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM Sales and  Marketing Director (left), with Josh Lee of Lee Marine.

It’s a deal: Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM Sales and Marketing Director (left), with Josh Lee of Lee Marine.

Lee Marine will be agents for the diesel-powered Darwin and Nauta Air range of ocean-going, long-range vessels, capable of remaining at sea for months at a time and with ranges of up to 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km).


The Darwin and Nauta Air are considered “niche within a niche” boats, as they combine the luxury specifications of a superyacht with the size of a steel-hulled mini-ship designed for long-range use, in this case at an average speed of 10 knots.


The agency is for a three year period.


Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM Sales and Marketing Director,  said the yachts should have great success in Asia/Pacific with their long range capacities, seaworthiness and stability, solid build and specifications normally seen on superyachts, large enclosed spaces and “impeccable” Italian design and engineering.


Ancona-based CdM was formed only in 2010 but is long on experience, the result of a partnership between Mr Buonpensiere – who has an extensive background both in European luxury boat brokerage and as Brand manager of Custom Line and CRN brands of Ferretti group – and CEO Ennio Cecchini from a famous shipbuilding family in Italy.


The Sergio Cutolo-designed Darwin Class comes in 86-, 95-, 105- and 115-foot models and the Mario Pedol-designed Nauta Air 80-, 96- and 115-feet.

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