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.