Uptight delight

Cantieri Delle Marche has successfully launched the Darwin 106, Uptight.

13 January 2022


Two years in the making, the impressive 32-metre Darwin model named Uptight has graced the waters off the Italian builder’s Ancona shipyard.

“We knew that our explorers perfectly fitted with American Owners’ requirements as for volumes, spaces, robustness, long-range, technical reliability, functionality, no-nonsense approach and, last but not least, customer care and after-sale service. It has taken us a few years to penetrate the American market but we made it, eventually, as scheduled,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director at CdM.

“CdM’s yachts sail the seven seas and their unsurpassed quality has now spread on both sides of the pond. As the market matures, customers get picky and most American owners definitely know what they want.

“This is why I was so proud when the contract of the Darwin 106 was signed two years ago,” Vasco maintains. “The owner of the Darwin 106 has a great deal of experience in yachting and is assisted by a highly experienced team.


“This means a lot to us. It is proof that we are doing our job properly combining construction and technical qualities with style and elegance.”

Uptight has been designed to fulfill her owner’s desire to have a reliable and comfortable explorer yacht to enjoy months-long fishing expeditions in remote and uncontaminated seas.

The owner and his family love to gather in a very relaxed and informal way, both at home and at sea. They are already dreaming and planning expeditions to Alaska and other far-flung destinations.

The family owns a few fisherman yachts and they wanted to add to their private fleet a slow, displacement vessel to enjoy long expeditions from the moment the yacht leaves the quay to the final destination.

Fast trips to fishing spots and adrenaline fishing activities will be held by using the yacht’s large tender, which is a real American Fisherman that will be towed during long trips.

Uptight is based on the naval platform of the Darwin 102, designed, engineered and modified by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec to match her owner requests. In general, for its layout and technical characteristics, Uptight meets American standards.

According to her owner’s wishes, the yacht features a specifically designed layout with a country kitchen that opens onto the main saloon, giving the whole environment an informal atmosphere and, instead of a skylounge, the upper deck hosts a panoramic owner stateroom.

The most unique feature of Uptight is undoubtedly the fishing cockpit fitted as a sportfisherman’s.

The stern platform has been transformed into an enclosed cockpit with a bulwark. A battle station has been centrally placed in the cockpit, and fishing will be carried in stand-up position allowing multiple strikes to be managed at the same time, giving more fun to the fishing family.

Screwless rod holders, have been placed on the large teak cap rail around the cockpit, all equipped with drainages and easy access for periodic maintenance.

Many lockers holding the famous US tackle boxes Plano are encompassed into the fishing cockpit bulwarks while flush floor tanks with water recirculation and pump for live fish bait are located on the transom and below the cockpit floor.

The adjoining lazarette is arranged cohesively with the fishing activities and include a small yet fully equipped workshop. A double Eskimo ice-maker with both salt and fresh water is in the main cockpit alongside a few freezers located beneath the sofa.

In order to increase the range also in terms of food loading capacity, the storage space has been improved and optimised for long term food conservation.

An outstanding interior layout makes the most out of the 255GT.

The interior, decorated by Francesco Guida, features a large and welcoming main saloon with lounging and dining areas in direct connection with the galley located to port side.

Three crew cabins are located on the main deck forward alongside a crew mess. Five guest cabins – two double, a large VIP and two twins – are on the lower deck.

The owner’s stateroom opens onto the upper deck stern terrace. On the same deck there is a roomy and well-appointed wheelhouse. A large sun deck, equipped with all amenities to spend hours en plein air, tops the yacht’s nicely shaped superstructure.

To deliver a top speed of 13 knots (slow and steady wins the race, as the saying goes) the displacement hull is fitted with twin Caterpillar C18 Acert 500 kW each. At around 9.5 knots, Uptight will have a remarkable range of above 4,700 nautical miles.



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