Tour of the megayacht “Acala”, the Darwin 112 (43 metre) by Cantiere delle Marche

Silena Petetti, project manager for Cantiere delle Marche, accompanies us on board the megayacht, “Acala”, a a 43-metre Darwin 112 by Cantiere delle Marche

8 November 2022 | by Redazione

A custom explorer yacht ordered from the Cantiere delle Marche by an expert owner who, over the years, has owned yachts built by well-known shipyards such as Feadship, Lurssen, Blohm and Voss: this is the megayacht “Acala”, a Darwin 112 which we visited at the Monaco Yacht Show, accompanied by Silena Petetti, project manager for the shipyard.

This owner previously owned an explorer by Cantiere delle Marche, a Darwin 102, with which he sailed in the Pacific and Atlantic reaching places of uncontaminated beauty, and he appreciated the quality of his Darwin so much, comfort and safety first and foremost, that he decided to have a bigger yacht built by the same shipyard. In this case, the explorer was completely designed based on his needs, both for the exterior and internal layout.

The m/y Acala inaugurates the shipyard’s partnership with Horacio Bozzo Design, who designed the imposing and attractive profile of this explorer. The profile, imposing and severe and streamlined to the bow with a harmonious superstructure, interprets the explorer spirit conjoining it with timeless elegance.

The large windows of the Main Deck, whose mounts are not joined to the above superstructure, are, without a doubt, the most impressive style elements. All the shapes and lines create a harmonious geometry, and the generous spaces, envelope ample and comfortable interiors, both for passengers and crew, as asked by the owner, who plans to go on long cruises to remote destinations.

The passenger facilities are distributed over three decks in addition to a large Sun Deck Acala has an original layout with 6 passenger cabins, 4 of which occupy a large part of the Main Deck. Among these is a large owner’s cabin to starboard and three VIP cabins for the family. Two double cabins are located on the Lower Deck. In all Acala can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

The saloon on the Main Deck is relatively small but opens out to a large equipped cockpit with a social and dining area, a pool, and plenty of space for relaxing in the sun. A large panoramic Sky Lounge on the Upper Deck is home to a social space and formal dining room.

The Sun Deck is partially shaded by the hard top, and is home to a living space, lunch space, bar and second pool. In order to make food service easier, a dumbwaiter connects all the decks, including the Sun Deck, to the kitchen located on the Lower Deck. Acala’s interiors were designed by the Mexican architect Simon Hamui, who created luxurious yet informal spaces.

Acala has a displacement hull, whose naval architecture, designed by Sergio Cutolo/HydroTec, guarantees excellent seaworthiness and great comfort. There is no need to remember that, like all yachts built by CDM, Acala has a robust steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

With an overall length of 43.10 metres and a beam of 8.60 metres, thanks to the hull lines, the 62,400-litre fuel tanks and the modest consumption of two Caterpillar C32 Acert, 746 kW engines, Acala has an autonomy of over 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, and can reach a maximum speed of 14 knots.

The engine room, like all those built by CDM, is a model of functionality and space. All the machinery and equipment are easy to access for ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. A spacious lazaret houses water toys, diving equipment, etc. The tender is stored to the bow on the Upper Deck.

The crew and service areas are functional and well-equipped, as asked by the owner.  The crew have 5 cabins and a nice dinette adjacent to the large kitchen and other service areas. The captain has a cabin on the Upper Deck, next to the wheelhouse.


Total Length: 43.10 m

Waterline Length: 40.35 m

Beam: 8.60 m

Draught: 2.50 m

Gross Tonnage: 499 GT

Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 Acert 746kW (A rating, Heavy Duty)

Max. Speed: 14 knots

Autonomy at 10 knots: 5,000 nm

Bowthruster: 85 kW

Generators: 2 x Kohler 80kW EFODS + 1 x Kohler 55kW EFODS

Fuel tank capacity: 62,400 l


Video by Claudio Colombo



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