In its fifth superyacht deal, Thailand-based yacht dealer Lee Marine has concluded a contract with Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) for the building of a 31m (102ft) Darwin Class 102 explorer yacht. It is also, coincidently, the fifth signing of this model design by the Ancona-based company.

For Lee Marine’s Superyacht Division, based in Phuket, this latest success follows on from the recently announced deal involving a 69.5m (228ft) Feadship plus three earlier transactions. This latest sale, concluded in conjunction with CdM’s sales team, was made to a Malaysian owner scheduled to take delivery in 2018. The buyer is an established yacht owner and will use the new vessel to cruise with his family in the Indian Ocean.

Vasco Buonpensiere, sales and marketing director for the shipyard, says: “In addition to the satisfaction of having sold one of our explorer yachts in an exotic country like Malaysia, we are thrilled to have found a ship owner who embodies 100% the Darwin Class spirit: not only an experienced and excellent diver but also a passionate adventurer in search of wrecks and marine relics.”

CdM claims that this latest order represents approximately 60% of the 24m-33.5m (80ft-110ft) worldwide steel and aluminium explorer yacht market, confirming its strong international presence.

“Lee Marine will oversee the build for the owner and expects further sales as a result of this order,” Joshua Lee, founder and managing director of Lee Marine, says. “We built and delivered the first Nauta Air with CdM and trust them to come to the fore again this time with a super high quality build, delivered on time, and with a smile.”

The new 244 GRT superyacht will be capable of a 5,900Nm range and has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The main deck houses a large master cabin with four more generously sized cabins. An adequate and livable space has also been designed for the crew. Hosted in three cabins, each has its own head and separate shower. The captain’s cabin will be located behind the wheelhouse. Like her sister ship, M/Y Acala, great attention has been dedicated to toys and diving.