Palumbo Shipyard is a few months into the construction of its newest megayacht, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid. As the name suggests, she’ll feature hybrid power, in an effort to be more environmentally minded.
The 131-foot (40-meter) megayacht, bearing naval architecture by Hydro Tec, will have two main MTU 12V 2000 M94 engines, but she’ll be capable of running on just her gensets. Palumbo says the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid will achieve a 7.5-knot top speed this way. This setup will further permit the main engines to serve like gensets, powering electrical equipment onboard. In addition, at that 7.5-knot speed, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid should see a 5,000-mile range, according to the shipyard. (If switched to traditional diesels, the megayacht should see a 1,500-mile range at a 15-knot cruise speed.)
Palumbo further plans for the all-aluminum yacht to have a bilge-water separator regardless of whether it is required or not. While the yacht is being built under RINA class rules, MARPOL is the agency which dictates when the equipment must be aboard. Palumbo’s experience with RINA Green Star, among the strictest notations, helped convince the build team to take the approach.
Even with the environmental emphasis, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid will feature luxury touches. The owner tapped Hot Lab for an interior highlighted by teak, sycamore, greyed durmast (a type of oak) marble, polished stainless steel, and leather. Given the nearly 27-foot (8.2-meter) beam and triple-deck layout, plus large windows particularly in the saloon, the overall effect should be soothing. Up to eight in the owner’s party will be accommodated in three guest staterooms plus the owner’s suite, though some of the guest cabins will be convertible berth-wise depending on who’s onboard. Other design highlights include a transom beach club and sliding windows.
Here are more views of the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid, bearing a draft of 5’7” (1.75 meters).
UPDATE, MARCH 18, 2012: Hot Lab has released two images of the interior for the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid. Overall, the interior uses warm, soft tones, purposely to avoid dramatic contrasts. The materials will include two types of marble, paired with grey-tone larch wood for soles and both tay wood and dark oak elsewhere. In fact, Hot Lab has selected FSC-certified woods (Forest Stewardship Council). Leather and polished stainless steel will also be featured, with the leather treated with a water-painting process.