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Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche has sold the explorer yacht Babbo to a new Australian owner.

04 September 2020


The CdM Darwin 102 explorer yacht Babbo, with exterior and naval design by Hydro Tec and interior design by Simon Hamui, was recently sold to an experienced Australian owner.

The new owner is ready to make the most out of her many strengths, among which long-range and reliability undoubtedly represent key points.

The yacht will soon make her way to her new home port in Australia.

Babbo was first launched in 2016. Built-in steel and aluminium, with a total length of 31 metres and a beam of 7.43 metres. Powered by twin Caterpillar 500kW CAT C-18 engines, Babbo has a range of above 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Babbo has a number technical standards that make it an ideal explorer vessel; including redundant equipment for reliability and safety even in the most remote areas of the planet, 12-millimetre steel hull, cupronickel piping, independent rudders, automatic generator parallel and electric stabilisers.


In addition, there is a wastewater treatment systems for black, grey, and bilge waters that have been adapted from the world of work ships and designed to be used 24/365.

She can host up to 12 guests in five large suites and seven crew members in four cabins.

All guest cabins are located on the lower deck with a large owner stateroom forward, two twins with extra pullman beds amidship and two VIP cabins aft.

Crew quarters are on the main deck forward the galley located to port and a spacious dinette to starboard side which also encompasses a laundry area, extra fridges and freezers. Both galley and dinette open directly onto the side decks for better crew circulation and guests’ privacy.

Two Caterpillar engines which provide enough propulsion to drive Babbo to a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots.

“We are extremely proud of this sale also because it shows that both strategies and procedures that we put in place during the lockdown due to the pandemic have worked as planned. More negotiations for both new and second- hand yachts are at the final straights,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of CdM.

CdM’s Carlo Aquilanti was in charge of the sale.

“These last six months have been the more challenging, complex and successful of my five years at the yard,” commented Aquilanti.

“What the sales office has achieved in these difficult times, reorganising itself, changing communication models, and creating new tools to counteract all hindrances caused by the pandemic, is just incredible. What we are witnessing is probably a record year for CdM, and I’m proud of being a part of it.”




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