102.10-DARWIN-CLASS

102 Darwin Class

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) closes 2014 with two more sales, making a total of five yachts sold in less than twelve months. The last two yachts sold are a Nauta Air 108 and a Darwin Class 102.

Three of these sales took place in South America, a market that CdM had decided to target in 2014 through specific marketing and sales activities. Activity in the region will be intensified in 2015, with the appointment of a local dealer/area manager.

The other two sales this year were concluded in Europe for an English and Italian client. The Nauta Air 108 is a displacement yacht in steel and aluminium, conceived for the Americas, with an especially reduced draft. The Darwin Class 102 is the sister ship to the Darwin Class 102 sold in February and designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec.

The Ancona-based shipyard notes that the sales average has gone from one contract every 90 days to one contract every 75 days. The size of yachts sold has increased and consequently so has the value of the single

contracts. Four of the last five boats have been over 100 feet long.

The shipyard’s backlog of orders is enough to keep production running at saturation capacity until 2017. Three more yachts are planned for delivery in 2015, including Darwin Class 107, 102 and 86, and there are additional orders on the books and in production for delivery between 2016 and 2017.