Published: Thursday, 22 March 2012

Lee Marine Appointed Agents For Cantiere Delle Marche Megayachts 1

Cantiere delle Marche’s Sales and Marketing Director Vasco Buonpensiere (left) and Lee Marine’s Managing Director Josh Lee (right) shake hands in Phuket on the new relationship. Phuket’s Lee Marine, Asia’s leading dealership and yacht brokerage, announced it has been appointed the exclusive agent in China, South-East Asia and Australia for Italian ship builder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), maker of customized, steel hulled expedition “niche” megayachts. The deal is for three years.

Lee Marine will be agents for the new concept Darwin and Nauta Air range of ocean going, long range vessels capable of remaining at sea for months at a time and with ranges up to 7000nm. The Darwin and Nauta Air are considered “niche within a niche” boats as they combine the luxury specifications of a super yacht with the size of a steel hulled mini-ship designed for long range use, at an average speed of 10 knots.

Lee Marine Appointed Agents For Cantiere Delle Marche Megayachts

Cantiere delle Marche’s flagship Darwin megayacht

Designed by Sergio Cutolo, the Darwin Class comes in 86, 95, 105 and 115-foot models and the Mario Pedol designed Nauta Air in 80, 96 and 115-foot.The “air” in Nauta Air represents the excessive space available on the yachts, while the interior features classic Italian styling customized to the owner’s taste. Josh Lee, Lee Marine’s Managing Director, said: “This is a yacht for an experienced owner, someone who has already owned a yacht over 100 feet who realizes that speed is not everything. What they really need is comfort, stability and space. These boats will last forever. We see them as better value in the long term.”

Asia-Pacific, in this regard, is ideal for such boats, six of which have been sold in Europe and South America. They could, for example, travel from Hong Kong to Sydney, to more isolated places like the Maldives and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean or cruise within Asia in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan without having to dock for maintenance or provisions. Lee Marine considers them ideal for the Australian environment with its long coastline and big seas, which the boats are designed to handle with ease.