Cantiere delle Marche (Cdm), in conjunction with Camper & Nicholsons and Richard Higgins, has sold a 40m steel and aluminium custom explorer vessel. Project MG 129, as she is currently known, has interior and exterior design work penned by Francesco Paszkowski, with naval architecture by Hydro Tec. Project MG 129 becomes the latest addition to the “small fleet” of vessels owner by her experienced owner.
“It is a great pleasure to work with an owner who was keen to bring his experience to CdM,” starts Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and sales & marketing director at Cdm. “By deciding to have his new yacht built by Cdm he offered a serious statement of trust in our yard’s reliability and construction quality…It is an inspiring and proud moment to see how a growing number of experienced and motivated owners chose CdM to build their yachts.”
MG 129, is the latest in CdM’s FLEXplorer range, so named for their flexibility in terms of both use and configuration, the first unit of which, M/Y Aurelia 29, was recently sold. MG 129 will host 12 guests in five suites and seven crew members across four cabins. As with Aurelia, the tender will be stored on the upper deck astern, to be launched and hauled by a crane concealed in the superstructure.
According to CdM, studies have shown that tenders are kept launched for around 93 per cent of the time that owners are on board. Therefore, it makes little sense for tender to take up vital enclosed space that could otherwise be used for guests, when the upper deck can easily be transformed into an area for lounging, dining or sunbathing.
MG 129 will have twin MTU 10V2000M72 engines, delivering 900kW each at 2250rpm and allowing a top speed of 14.5 knots. When operating at an economical speed of 9 knots, MG 129 has a range of around 5000nm with nearly 10 per cent fuel left upon arrival.
“It has been a great experience to represent an experienced yacht owner with a clear vision of his next yacht and at the same time having the CdM team with a very professional and client-oriented approach, always able to translate such a vision,” comments Fabio Ermetto, chief commercial officer of Camper & Nicholsons. Camper & Nicholsons’ Project Management Division has also been appointed for the management of the build.
According to SuperyachtIntelligence, CdM boasts an impressive order book with 10 superyachts currently in build ranging from 31m to 42.8m, which are due for delivery between 2018 and 2020, with Project MG 129’s delivery date yet to be confirmed.
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