Darwin 86 Empire
has been successfully launched

Absolutely thrilling news from CdM! Three launches in just two weeks, showcasing the remarkable RJ 115 Pazienza, The groundbreaking Flexplorer 146 Maverick, and now the extraordinary Darwin 86 Empire. No comments necessary: just pure excitement and pride taking center stage!

“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

The Darwin 86 Empire, acquired by an enthusiast American Owner, showcases bespoke configuration, machinery, and layout meticulously crafted to her Owner’s specifications. Some requests, such as a hull reinforced with bullet proof steel plates, arise from the Owners’ navigation plans, as they seek to venture into distant and challenging seas.

Empire will be a genuine beauty of construction and design boasting the unmistakable Darwin aesthetics by Hydro Tec while leveraging on CdM's unique approach to technical areas. Her interior design has been developed by Massari Design.

The project, customized according to his Owner precise requests, is designed to sail for long periods at the highest latitudes so she will feature an ‘ice belt’ at waterline level and enhanced scantlings in the hull and rudders to cope with icy conditions. Among the Owner’s requests there are also a fourth pilot station in the engine room.

Her layout interior and design feature a layout consistent with the Owner’s requests as for number of guests and style. The overall onboard atmosphere exudes a sober and understated elegance. The interior designer achieved a warm and inviting ambiance by skillfully blending custom-made furniture with pieces from renowned manufacturers like Poltrona Frau and Poliform.

The Owner’s full beam stateroom is located on the Lower deck amidships, followed by two twin cabins with pullman bed. A VIP suite occupies the furthest forward section of the full. Crew quarters for four members are located on the Main deck forward alongside a sizable crew mess, and directly connected to the wheelhouse on the Upper deck via a dedicated staircase.

The Main deck, both inside and outside, serves as the hub of social life onboard Empire with lounging and dining areas and a cozy bar in direct connection with the galley. The Upper deck hosts a large and well-equipped gym while the Sund deck furnished with loose furniture and sunbeds is the right spot to enjoy life en plein air.

At 26.30m Empire is a little ship under all aspects: robust, comfortable, reliable. She is powered with twin Scania engines 294 kW and features 3 Northern Light generators for a total of 155 kW and sodium-lithium chloride batteries. Her wheelhouse is designed to offer Captain and crew the easiest handling of the yacht with a Boening integrated monitoring and control systems. The yacht is protected with a sophisticated anti-intrusion system.

“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

Main data

Exterior Design / Naval Architecture Hydro Tec
Engineering Hydro Tec & Cantiere delle Marche
Interior Design Massari Design

Length overall 26.03 m
Waterline length 22.90 m
Max beam 7.43 m
Draught, full load under the keel 2.43 m
Displacement, full load 195 t / 192 long ton


Diesel Oil 38 390 l
Fresh Water 3 400 l
Black water 985 l
Grey water 6 360 l
Clean oil / Dirty oil 420 / 420 l
Bilge 985


Engines 2 x SCANIA DI13070M 294 kW @ 1 800 rpm
Gearbox 2 x TWIN DISC MGX 5114 i=4.17:1
Generators 3 x Northern Light total 155kW
Bow thruster Electric 35 kW
Stabilizer fins Electrical, Zero Speed


Maximum speed 11,50 knots
Cruise speed 10 knots
Range 4000 nm @ 10 knots


Passengers 8 (+2 Pullman Bed) / 4 Cabins
Crew 4 / 2 Cabine

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