Cantieri delle Marche's rugged 107 Darwin is a pocket battleship of the cruising world.
There are some big cruising plans for the 33-metre, which launched in July. “We’ll spend the next two years in the Med, wintering in Malta, and then we’ll head for the UK,” says Alan Cory, captain of Storm. And that will just be the start. A crossing of the North Atlantic from the UK to Nova Scotia is next, followed by a cruise down the eastern seaboard of the USA. After some time in the Caribbean, Storm will transit the Panama Canal and strike out into the Pacific.
Cantieri delle Marche’s yachts, designed by Sergio Cutolo, are proving popular with superyacht owners keen to expand their cruising horizons. Storm’s owner is an experienced yachtsman who first migrated from a fast, fibreglass flybridge yacht to a bigger, more comfortable semi-displacement motor yacht, then realised how life on board was so much more quiet, sedate and generally more civilised at ten knots rather than 20, and the idea of a full-displacement cruising yacht was born.
Storm has been configured for private use for the owner, his family and friends, with an interior by PFA Design. There’s a system of netting around the guardrails to keep toddlers inboard, safety gates by companionways, and lee cloths on the children’s berths. There’s a big owner’s cabin on the main deck, two guest doubles and a twin below, and decent lounges on the main deck and the bridge deck.
With storage areas throughout, a huge galley on the main deck, and 5,000-mile range at ten knots, this is a yacht built for global exploring. And Cantieri delle Marche are finding a willing group of owners who want nothing more than cruise wherever their fancy takes them in safety and comfort. (You can see a video of the yard’s Percheron taking on 55-knot winds in the Atlantic here.)
• for our full report on Storm, see the latest issue of SuperYacht World (Iss 46 Nov/Dec 2015). Subscribe here or buy a digital issue here