Published: Thursday, 28 March 2013
Mike Fulton

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche (CDM) has just launched Stella di Mare, a new 30-metre explorer vessel in steel and aluminium designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec.

This Darwin Class 96' class yacht still maintains much of the Darwin family pedigree, but differentiates itself from the previous yachts in this line in that each room is 10 square metres larger, the VIP cabin is 1.5 metres longer and the same volume as the owner's cabin but with the main deck considerably extended. 

Cantiere Delle Marche Launches 30m Stella Di MareThe crew area accommodates six people. All storage spaces have been increased and optimized to offer maximum capacity for long exploration passages and cruises. The garage is 10 square metres bigger than in former vessels and contains four bikes, two of them electric, with their recharge battery station. 

MTU 8V 2000 M72/720 Kw engines give a top speed of 13.5 knots. As requested by the owner, special attention was given to the insulation and noise control and CDM developed a customised noise damping system which has radically reduced the noise nuisance.

CDM explains that its mission is to make its yachts eco-friendly with Azipod electric diesel engine systems developed in collaboration with the most technologically-advanced companies in the shipbuilding industry. These innovative and highly-manoeuvrable propulsion units lower the yacht's environmental impact, reduce their emissions and represent significantly improved fuel economy.