Cantiere delle Marche Launches Superyacht “Maverick”

This steel-hulled, trans-Atlantic-capable yacht is the Italian yard’s first Flexplorer 146.
Flexplorer 146 Maverick
Maverick, a Flexplorer 146 from Cantieri Delle Marche, has a 5,000-nautical-mile range and a steel hull to cruise icy waters. Courtesy Cantiere delle Marche

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche, whose specialty is long-range explorer yachts from 85 to 154 feet length overall, has launched Maverick. It’s the first of three Flexplorer 146 yachts that are under construction.

Hull No. 1 is owned by Tom Schroder of FIL Brothers in Austria, whose support for the yard inspired co-founder and CEO Vasco Buonpensiere to state: “This yacht, in addition to its countless intrinsic virtues, holds a special place in our hearts because it belongs to an owner who has known and appreciated us to the point of becoming the major shareholder of our shipyard.”

Maverick has exteriors, naval architecture and engineering by Hydro Tec. The yacht’s interiors are by Francesco Paszkowski with Margherita Casprini.

Accommodations are for as many as 13 guests in seven staterooms, with quarters for six crew. And make no mistake: This is an explorer yacht that is expected to take those owners and guests far, far away from the docks.

The yard says it’s planning to document every leg of an upcoming multiyear journey that the owner plans to undertake around the world, with destinations likely to include Iceland, Greenland and northern Canada. Maverick’s steel hull is built 22 millimeters thick at the waterline to be able to handle the icy waters the yacht will encounter in those locations.

Power is a pair of 1,300-horsepower Caterpillar ACERT diesels that the builder says propel Maverick to a top speed of 14 knots. Range is reportedly trans-Atlantic, with the yacht able to achieve 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.

Features that suggest how the yacht might be used in some of the planet’s most remote places include a custom A-frame crane that Advanced Mechanical Solutions built from carbon fiber with a lifting capacity of 4 tons. It will launch the tenders—including a custom 31-footer by Valerio Rivellini. The launching system keeps tenders out of the way, creating extra room on board for guest spaces such as a beach club with a gym, sauna and scuba-diving center.

For more guest relaxation (and amazing views), the yacht’s bulwarks fold down, expanding the aft deck into a more than 1,450-square-foot lounging space. There’s a swimming pool at the transom that, when covered, transforms into stowage for deck furniture. Inside, the salon is made to feel bigger with an asymmetrical design that allows crew passage to port but full-beam guest space to starboard. (It’s similar to the asymmetrical design of the Flexplorer 130.)

How long has Cantiere delle Marche been in business? Since 2010. The yard is in Ancona, Italy, a hotbed of yacht construction with many skilled craftspeople.

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