Cantiere delle Marche has launched its new 32-metre (105-foot) explorer yacht Gatto in Ancona, Italy, during a private celebration on 17th May.
The first steel Acciaio 105, a steel-hulled vessel with bulbous bow and an aluminium superstructure, comes equipped with an enclosed tender garage – a first for the yard – and a beach club. Her interior design comes courtesy of Francesco Guida Design, while Hydro-Tec is responsible for her exterior design and naval architecture.
She will make her public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
Gatto is the result of a working dinner between CdM and the client’s representative. Whilst sure of the yard’s design prowess, the owner preferred fast boats with more aggressive lines than the Darwin explorer that CdM has so far delivered.
Ultimately, a sea trial aboard the Darwin 107 convinced the client.
Vasco Buonpensiere, the yard’s co-founder and sales director, said during the launch ceremony, “We were lucky twice; we had a captain who is afraid of nothing, and 35 to 40 knot winds and three-metre waves.” The Darwin handled the conditions expertly and thus, progress on Gatto accelerated.
“We literally started from a drawing made on a restaurant’s table,” Buonpensiere noted. “Gatto is the result of great teamwork, and the project kept on growing at a steady pace thanks to the commitment and experience of the owner’s representative, Richard Kaye, the fast responses given by Hydro-Tec in terms of design, and the usual intense work of the whole CdM team.
“The result is simply unique: there is nothing similar on the market – 250GT, fully custom, so over-engineered and built in Acciaio.”
Gatto’s “classic-contemporary” interior from Francesco Guida Design is noticeably light, with a wide range of oak, larger windows and thinner mullions than is found on the original CdM line of rugged explorers.
Her layout offers a master cabin on the main deck, four guest cabins below with big portholes, and three double-bed crew cabins. The mess is incorporated within the galley on the main deck.
As the tender is now stored in a garage, the sun deck is an open space dedicated to entertainment. The garage itself can house a five-metre Williams jet tender and is equipped with a side hatch for launching, utilising the space provided by the 7.5-metre beam.
Power comes from twin Caterpillar C18 engines of 500hp each, and Gatto will have a transatlantic range at 10 knots and a top speed of 13 knots. Like all CdM boats, the engine room is large and easily accessible.
A larger Acciaio 118, sold in 2017 by Arcon Yachts, is also under construction at the yard.
For more information, visit Cantiere delle Marche.