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Elegant explorer

Following the launch of the Darwin 102 MY Archipelago, Cantiere delle Marche has celebrated the debut of the Acciaio 123.

Photography by CdM

22 September 2019


This is the second unit in the Acciaio series built by CdM, the first being the Acciaio 105 launched in 2018.

Both yachts bring the signature of Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec who was entrusted also of their naval architecture and engineering.

Impeccably contemporary in her exterior line that elegantly clothes a robust explorer vessel body of steel and aluminum, the Acciaio 123 draws on traditions with high-end, timeless and sophisticated interiors developed by Cantiere delle Marche in-house design department in conjunction with the owners.

Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director of CdM stated “I am really looking forward to showing this vessel to the market”.

“Her technical areas are just incredible as far as finishing, layout, unrivalled engineering and interiors are really surprising in terms of volume and use of the space.”


He continued “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 added “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 organization. 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!”

Leveraging on CdM’s experience in the construction of explorer yachts renowned for their seakeeping and long range, the Acciaio 123 boast generous and extremely comfortable interior spaces spread on three decks plus a large sun deck to host up to 12 guests in five cabins and seven crew.

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 her size.


“To create the feeling of a yacht that can explorer the oceans in comfort we designed the Acciaio 123 with a high and dominating bow that was then beautifully fared to soften this feeling,” said 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 wheelhouse 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.”

At 37.35 metres, with a beam of 7.80 metres and a displacement of 320 tonnes, the Acciaio 123 has two Caterpillar engines of just 533kW each which allow for a top speed of 13 knots and a range, at 10 knots, of 5,500 nautical miles.

These remarkable figures are obtained thanks to Hydro Tec 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 storages to navigate for thousands of miles without the need for any stop for provisioning. 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 engineering and redundancy in equipment are testament to the yard’s core mission to make navigation of its explorers in far and remote areas of the globe as safe as possible.

More information will be released after the sea trial.


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