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Cantiere delle Marche launches Audace, the K42 by Floating Life

2019 has just started and activity at CdM and at Floating Life is in full swing.
On January 14th, K42 Audace successfully touched the water.


M/Y Audace, a new explorer yacht measuring just shy of 42.8 metres in length and 9.4 in the beam, has been launched at the Cantiere delle Marche. She was designed by Floating Life CEO Andrea Pezziniand architect Mauro Sculli of Studio Sculliof Sarzana. Floating Life is a boutique 360° nautical services company co-founded by Andrea Pezzini and Barbara Tambani in 2002 to offer everything from yacht design to chartering, management and sales. The entire design team also worked very closely with the owner who was actively involved throughout the project.


M/Y Audaceis the fruit of former Indesit chairman Andrea Merloni’sdesire for a new yacht he could live very intensively and treat very much as a floating homeas he explored all the world’s seas.  An expert sailor and experienced superyacht owner, his intention is not simply to live aboard and cruise the Mediterranean and Caribbean but also to venture as far afield as South America, Panama and the Suez Canal.


Mr Merloni, who was extremely proactive in the design of his floating home, found in Andrea Pezzininot just a skilled yacht designer capable of interpreting his requirements and desires, but also an able project managerwho supervised the physical evolution the yacht from start to finish.  The owner’s specifications included an entire deck devoted to his private apartment, in addition to stowage capacity for a Jeep and a motorbike for short shore excursions as well as for two tenders, one of which is a 10-metre. He also asked for the yacht to have a very social ambience to enable him to host events and parties aboard.

Andrea Pezzini with Andrea Merloni
Andrea Pezzini with Andrea Merloni

Ennio Cecchini, co-founder and CEO at CdM, says: “ Audace provides very good evidence of CdM’s technical and organizational capabilities. Affording a one-off project was a challenge we were ready to face. Many more brand new projects are in the pipeline. CdM’s team brought its wealth of experience to bring this complex project to completion as scheduled.”


“Audace is a yacht with a very strong personality. She is the result of excellent teamwork that involved a determined owner with very clear ideas, a tightknit design team and a highly skilled professional yard,” declared Floating Life CEO Andrea Pezzini “It is hugely emotional for me to see this 42-metre from K-Series I designed with Studio Sculli, become a reality. She encapsulates all of the skills we have built up in over 35 years in this profession.  Most importantly, however, she is an endorsement of the concept that underpins the K-Series, a concept that allows us to offer a superb degree of personalisation, meet owner’s desires and produce unique boats.” 

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