Italy’s Cantiere Delle Marche Launches the RJ 115 Stellamar

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche has announced the launch of the RJ 115 Stellamar.

The RJ 115 stems from a collaboration between the yard’s team and Florentine designer Francesco Paszkowski, who has developed the successful series of RJ explorer yachts with an RJ 130 delivered and two more RJ 115s in the pipeline. The owner of the first RJ 130 recently commissioned the yard a larger version of his yacht, an RJ 155, currently under construction. All models in the RJ line share a strong personality characterized by well-balanced volumes and proportions throughout the design, as well as those characterizing features as, for example, what the builder calls “the invisible crane.”

Extensive use of glass in the bulwarks and the open stern enhance visual continuity with the surrounding environment. According to the builder, Stellamar’s profile is “tense”, yet encompasses sensuous lines that add an elegance to her exterior design.

CdM says that with this project, Paszkowski shows that medium-size dimensions are not the enemy of creativity as they make it more effective. Paszkowski succeeded in providing the 35-meter (115-foot) yacht with large spaces and luxury amenities while staying true to her explorer yacht’s soul.

“Throughout the years, we have shown the market that we are able to build true explorers that have both the elegance and style of a luxury yacht. The solutions we have fielded to make the RJ line meet all these requirements are once again driving CdM’s explorer yachts forward,” says the company’s co-founder and CEO, Vasco Buonpensiere. “We can safely say that in the range of 250 to 300 gross tons, the steel/aluminum Cantiere delle Marche explorer yachts have no equal in the market and are undoubtedly the best alternative to a fiberglass yacht.”

The RJ115 is an elegant, yet robust, reliable, environment friendly, long-range explorer vessel with unrivalled technical equipment that allow her owner, family and friends to enjoy safe journeys to the most remote and secluded areas of the globe. For all technical aspects, CdM has drawn not only on the expertise of its in-house design and engineering department, but also that of long-standing partner Hydro Tec entrusted for the naval architecture.


The interior layout was tailored to the owner family’s specific needs and provides ensuite accommodation for eight guests (+2) in four lower-deck cabins, and a master stateroom on the main deck forward. A crew of seven has its quarters on the lower deck in three cabins, while the captain’s cabin is next to the wheelhouse on the upper deck. The layout offers easy circulation and a functional connection between the decks with all exterior stairs located on the port side and large side walkways. Great emphasis has been given to outdoor areas with large

lounging/dining areas on all decks. When guests enter the main or upper salon, they don’t lose contact with the outdoors as vast windows light the rooms while visually connecting them to the sea beyond.

On the lower deck, natural light and views are not reserved solely to the upper decks as all four guest cabins on the lower deck, two VIP and two twin cabins, are bright and airy thanks to large windows.

Interior Design and Decoration

Both owners were very much involved in the project. One is an architect herself and gave an important contribution to its development. The yacht’s interior design and decoration are easy on the eyes and shapes remain just as soft as the neutral color palette. Textures of both wood and fabrics also play a central role by echoing materials found in nature. The interior decoration of Stellamar, in its entirety, works in harmony creating warm and welcoming environments. An extensive use of bright natural oak for flooring and ceilings and cream leather wall paneling gives the interior a soothing atmosphere throughout the yacht, in both social and private areas.

Paszkowski designed all fixed furniture and, with the owners, chose most of the loose furniture and accessories by renowned manufacturers and designers such as the Arpège Meridienne sofas by Christian Liaigre for the lounging area in the main salon, a Poliform Saint Germain sofa in the skylounge, armchairs from Archibald by Poltrona Frau, Cassina Hola chairs in the dining area and a dining table with a Breccia Aurora marble top. All bathrooms share the same bright, relaxing mood thanks to matte-white statuary marble coupled to natural oak. The shower stall in the owner’s bath is equipped with an infrared sauna and hammam.

Main Technical Features

The RJ115 is a full-displacement explorer vessel with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. With a total length of 35 meters (115 feet) and a beam of 7.5 meters (25 feet), the yacht has a displacement of 283 tons. Main propulsion comes from twin 715-horsepower Caterpillar C18 Acert engines that comply with U.S. EPA Tier III and IMO Tier II emission standards. The yacht’s 11,888-gallon fuel tanks allow for range of around 5,500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 9 to 10 knots. Stability is granted by a purposefully designed hull geometry and enhanced by electric-driven stabilizers.

Stellamar will represent a game-changer for her owners, who are planning to take their time, redesign their working schedule and leave for a tour of the world,” Buonpensiere says.

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