Darwin 86 Empire, Eploration Excellence

In a wave of achievements, CdM proudly unveils the successful launch of Darwin 86 Empire, marking the third launch in just two weeks alongside the RJ 115 Pazienza and the Flexplorer 146 Maverick.

“The Darwin Class continues to provide us with great satisfaction, firmly establishing itself as a reference in the explorer yachts’ market. This Darwin 86 adds up to a total of twelve Darwins from 86 to 112 feet already delivered.” – Vasco Buonpensiere, Co-founder and CEO

Empire: Crafted to Perfection

Acquired by an enthusiastic American Owner, the Darwin 86 Empire stands as a tailor-made masterpiece. From a hull reinforced with bulletproof steel plates to the incorporation of an ‘ice belt’ for arctic navigation, every detail reflects the Owner’s vision of venturing into distant and challenging seas.

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Design and Layout

Hydro Tec’s unmistakable aesthetics and Massari Design‘s interior brilliance converge in the Darwin 86 Empire. The layout, designed for extended voyages in extreme latitudes, incorporates enhanced scantlings and a waterline ‘ice belt.’ The interior emanates a blend of sophistication and warmth, featuring custom-made furniture and renowned manufacturers’ pieces like Poltrona Frau and Poliform.

“The direct relationship with the owner, his 360° involvement in the development of the project at all stages, his emotional at seeing what were just ideas or drawings become reality, are why I do the best job in the world, in the best place.” – Filippo Dall’Aglio, Project Manager

Onboard Features

The Lower deck hosts the Owner’s full-beam stateroom and twin cabins, while the VIP suite occupies the forward section. Crew quarters for four members are on the Main deck, ensuring efficient service. The Main deck serves as the social hub, featuring lounging, dining, and a bar. Meanwhile, the Upper deck boasts a well-equipped gym. The Sun deck, adorned with loose furniture and sunbeds, offers a perfect outdoor retreat.

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Technical Aspects

Empire ifeatures twin Scania engines (294 kW), three Northern Light generators (155 kW total), and sodium-lithium chloride batteries. With a sophisticated anti-intrusion system, Boening integrated monitoring, and control systems, it is designed for optimal handling.


Length Overall: 26.03 m (85.40 ft)
Beam: 7.43 m (24.37 ft)
Max Speed: 11.50 knots
Range: 4,000 nm @ 10 knots
Passengers: 8 (+2 Pullman Bed) / 4 Cabins
Crew: 4 / 2 Cabins

(Darwin 86 Empire, Eploration Excellence – barchemagazine.com – December 2023)