Toast of the show

Cantiere delle Marche has sold its first new build vessel in Australia at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, an RJ115 - at 115-feet/35-metres, due for delivery in July 2023.

Photography by Guillaume Plisson

22 May 2021


Only a few months ago, CdM Australia opened in Australia, and at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the RJ 115 has been sold to an Aussie owner, introduced by Sean Madgwick and Scott Wellington-Stones of Yachtsmen International.

This is the third RJ 115 sold in less than a year and the fourth in the RJ series, the first being an 130 footer delivered to her proud owner a few weeks ago.

The RJ series of explorer yachts brings the unmistakable signature of Florentine designer Francesco Paszkowski who penned exteriors of great character with a slender bow rake and robust yet very elegant profile marked by large side windows.

“We are extremely happy to say that the opening of the Australian CdM Office with Domenico Giuffrè and Paul Miletta proved to be the right decision to strengthen our presence in the Southern  Hemisphere,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of CdM.


“Our explorer yachts offer the possibility to sail far and wide in the expanses of the Pacific Ocean in total safety or to explore the wonderful Australian coastline and coral reefs to reach some of the most extraordinary diving spots in the world.”

“This sale in such a short time confirms our conviction that Australia is the perfect market for CdM explorer Yachts,” says Paul Miletta.

“We strongly believe that CdM ranges perfectly fit owners’ desires and needs with the extreme flexibility we can provide.”

As Paul explains “We have sold two-preowned to CdM vessels to Australians, but this is the first new build”.

Priced at just over AU $20 million, the vessel is due to begin construction in July 2021 and the owners are looking forward to taking delivery in two years’ time at CdM’s Ancona yard.

“The clients looked at a couple of other options, but we were able to supply a custom built motor yacht within two years which they were thrilled with. CdM is a well-established expedition builder. The owners are keen to explore the east coast of Australia and South-East Asia.

“They wanted to keep the vessel at 115-feet/35-metres, with a 2.3-metre draft for cruising The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.”

The CdM brand difference is based on their commercial ship pedigree. “We focus on the engineering first, then build the boat around the engineering. There is full standing height in engine room, which is every engineer’s dream! The steel is 12mm thick – double most competitors. And gross tonnage is double as well because we use the proper weight, ballast and construction.

“The flexibility to make changes also appealed to the owners. We are a custom shipyard with a shipyard office based in Australia. They are a Queensland family and were comfortable with our brand having an Australian office and Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard as our preferred shipyard – which is very convenient for them.”

The third RJ 115 project has been tailored according to owner requirements. She will feature six guest cabins: a large owner suite in the main deck forward with openable windows in both cabin and office, four guest cabins with ensuites on the lower deck and a sixth guest cabin in the upper deck.

Great attention has been dedicated to the relationship between exterior and interior areas. The main saloon opens onto the cockpit and the side passages thanks to large doors in both side of the dining area and the same happens in the upper deck where it is possible to step out the skylounge and the lobby onto the exterior passageways.

The yacht will have two tenders stored in the upper deck stern terrace and at the bow. The large tender is launched and hauled with a crane perfectly conceived into the overhang of the upper deck.

The yacht will have a range of more than 5,500 nautical miles and feature an array of technical equipment that grants the safest navigation even in the most remote regions. The efficient naval architecture by Hydro Tec combined with CAT C 18 engines ensures a very modest fuel consumption.



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