Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 in Build

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70Columbus Yachts is continuing its focus on environmentally minded megayachts with the Columbus Sport Oceanic 70. Currently under construction, the megayacht measures 229’7” (70 meters) and is designed by Studio Vafiadis.

You may recall that Columbus Yachts, the yachting brand of the commercial-industry-focused Palumbo Group, created a Sport Hybrid series in 2012. The management team believed then, as it does now, that there’s a market for more energy-efficient megayachts. Consider that its first megayacht, Prima, launched in 2011, achieved RINA’s Green Star Plus notation. The first Columbus Sport Hybrid, launched last year, did as well.

The Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 may just follow in their footsteps. Columbus Yachts isn’t revealing all details until the Monaco Yacht Show, but for now will say hybrid propulsion will be an option. The Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 will have further eco-oriented systems, too, Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of the Palumbo Group, says. “The sea is something we need to respect and preserve for future generations,” he explains.


Besides smart technology, the Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 will, of course, emphasize creature comforts. The current trend for large windows is carried through onboard. The main and upper decks appear lined with floor-to-ceiling (or nearly so) glass. Four of the five guest staterooms, plus the master suite, will be on the main deck. The Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 places the last guest stateroom on the upper deck. This could easily be a special VIP, or even the owner’s stateroom if so inclined.

For alfresco enjoyment, there are the customary main aft deck and sundeck relaxation spaces. Sunpads, dining areas; you name it, they’re here. The Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 promises more enjoyment in the beach club. Columbus Yachts says the size is akin to that of one aboard a 262-footer (80-meter). It has enough room for loose furnishings, or a spa, and is accessible via a stairway from the main saloon.

Speaking of accessible, here’s something unusual about the Columbus Sport Oceanic 70. There’s a watertight hatch at the waterline that yields access to a private owner’s area. Columbus Yachts says it alternately can be arranged as a gym for all guests to enjoy.

YachtAid Global Providing Hurricane Odile Assistance

Hurricane-Odile-NASA YachtAid Global relief effortWhat Hurricane Odile destroyed in Mexico, YachtAid Global’ s striving to help replace. The non-profit aid organization already has one megayacht en route to the region to produce potable water. YachtAid Global is seeking more yachts, plus donations of much-needed supplies.

Hurricane Odile made a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on September 14. A Category 3 storm, it packed 125-mph winds and dropped six inches of rain. Its strength was unprecedented for modern times in the southern Baja Peninsula region.

Since YachtAid Global arranges humanitarian aid for coastal communities worldwide, its team monitored Hurricane Odile via news reports. On September 15, Mark Drewelow, the founder of YachtAid Global, posted the following on the organization’s Facebook page:

News from Cabo San Lucas. At 1730 today Cabo time I spoke with local Superyacht Agent Victor Barreda that many of you know. Victor weathered Odile at home and he and his wife and kids are ok. Town has no electricity and he says it looks like every building is damaged. If electricity doesn’t come back on then fresh water becomes a major issue quickly. We will post info as it comes into us. We have one 75 meter superyacht that will be deeply involved in an immediate relief effort focusing on producing 4000 gallons a day of fresh water for locals.

The same day, Drewelow spoke with the marina manager at Marina Cabo San Lucas. The marina is popular with megayachts and sportfishermen alike. The staff there also emerged unscathed from Hurricane Odile. However, as of this writing, there is still no electricity and no mobile-phone service in Cabo San Lucas. Building damage in the region is extensive; the airport, for example, is expected to remain closed through October. “The situation in the Cabo area is getting worse by the hour,” Drewelow tells us.

While thankfully YachtAid Global has “a lot in the works” for Hurricane Odile relief, Drewelow says, “every yacht big or small that intends to head south to Cabo needs to bring aid. Recovery will take months.” YachtAid Global is coordinating some efforts with Marine Group Boat Works, which has a facility in Cabo San Lucas, too. Marine Group Boat Works’ San Diego yard is collecting items that are of critical immediate need:

  • drinking water: “water is running out,” Drewelow says. “If power comes on or people get fuel for generators, water can start flowing again in extremely limited quantities.”
  • basic first-aid items like bandages, antiseptics and ointments, and hand sanitizers
  • food with long shelf life: beans, tuna, canned meat, boxed milk and other beverages
  • shelter: pop-up tents, rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting, canvas tarps, and small-diameter (¼- to ½-inch) ropes to secure the tarps.

If you’d like to donate any of these items, you can mail them to:

Attn: Cabo Relief/Leah Yam
Marine Group Boat Works
997 G Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910-3414

If you have questions, contact Leah Yam at Marine Group Boat Works at (619) 427-6767. You can also donate funds via YachtAid Global’s donation page.

Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 and Explorer 150: New Models

Cheoy-Lee-Alpha-111Cheoy Lee is adding both sporty and stalwart-looking megayachts to its lineup. They are, respectively, the Alpha 111 and Explorer 150.

Despite their contrasting styling, both new models are designed by Overing Yacht Design, marking a first-time collaboration with the Chinese shipyard. But-Yang Lo (“B.Y.” for short), Cheoy Lee’s vice president, and Jon Overing, president of Overing Yacht Design, have known each other for a number of years. While the two models resulted from Cheoy Lee client requests, the Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 and Explorer 150 are infused with Overing’s yachting and commercial-vessel experience.

The Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 (top) complements the three existing Alpha yachts: the 76 Express, 76 Flybridge, and 87. Those three feature sleek lines and emphasize performance, with top speeds in the 35-knot range. Likewise, the Alpha 111, at 111’5” (34 meters), promises spirited cruises. Top end should be 24 to 25 knots, given 1,900-hp Caterpillar engines. “Cheoy Lee’s construction is very high-tech and advanced, and they have been successful in taking weight out of the boat with infusion, composites, and honeycomb interiors—that is very important to performance,” Overing explains.

Cheoy Lee believes the Alpha 111 will appeal to more traditional motoryacht buyers, too. With speeds dialed down to around 10 knots, the megayacht should see a range around 2,000 nautical miles. Furthermore, the 6’3” (1.93-meter) draft means you’ll be able to enjoy skinny-water anchorages.


Also important, of course, are creature comforts. The Cheoy Lee Alpha 111 has a 24’4” (7.44-meter) beam and a choice of arrangements. American buyers are being offered an extended hardtop. The European version of the Alpha 111 has an open flying bridge. Either way, buyers will also appreciate a feature atypical of her LOA: a beach club. It’s a tender garage that can double as a lounging space once the toys (a 12- to 13-foot tender or PWC, plus smaller toys) are offloaded. Also either way, the Alpha 111 can have four or five staterooms. The smaller number of staterooms comes with a main-deck country kitchen. The five-cabin configuration places the master forward on the main deck. Furthermore, buyers are welcome to customize the design.

As for the Cheoy Lee Explorer 150 (above), she’s in the same vein of Marco Polo (now Dorothea III) and Mazu. To that end, a single 1,911-hp Caterpillar engine is the primary propulsion source. Another engine and thruster in the bow can serve as get-home power. Equipped with a bulbous the Explorer 150 should burn 35 percent less fuel than a traditionally equipped yacht of the same LOA.

The 151’8” (46.27-meter), steel-hulled Explorer 150 is also meant for globetrotting. The 25,000-gallon (94,625-liter) fuel capacity is more than Mazu or Marco Polo. Cheoy Lee and Overing say that with speeds a hair higher than 10 knots, range will be between 7,000 and 9,000 nautical miles. Overing considers the hull a fast-displacement design, capable of a top end around 15 knots and with a 10’6” (3.23-meter) draft. Combine that with a 30’8” (9.39-meter) beam, and the three and a half decks should be welcoming for long-term enjoyment.

Cheoy Lee will have more details on both designs available at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. In the meantime, if you would like more information directly from Cheoy Lee, please fill out our contact form.

Holland Jachtbouw’s Rainbow II in Build

Rainbow-II-keel-layingTo the uninitiated, this photo may not look like much. To yacht watchers, it’s the exciting first step of many more to come. It’s the keel laying for Rainbow II, a replica of a famous schooner, to be launched in 2016 by Holland Jachtbouw.

The keel laying took place in early August, at Made Shipyard in The Netherlands. (It’s a common practice for Holland Jachtbouw to have hulls started at subcontractors’ locations.) That same week, Holland Jachtbouw first revealed plans for the project. Rainbow II will emulate the 1890s-era Rainbow, one of the greatest racer-cruisers ever built. Later known as Hamburg,Rainbowmeasured 197’10” (60.35 meters), including her bowsprit. She gained fame setting speed records and shocking her competition.

Rainbow II will measure 168’5” (51. 36 meters), designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. The person who commissioned Rainbow II will both cruise and race. In fact, following launch in summer 2016, Rainbow II will attempt to break the transatlantic record from New York to Lizard Point in England. The Performance Cruising Class 1 record for the 2,880-nautical-mile journey is 10.5 days. (The transatlantic record is broken down into different categories, such as hull type, singlehanded sailing, and more.) That record is held by the 152-foot (46.3-meter) Windrose, set in 2005.


Rainbow II’s owner is no stranger to yachting, or racing. He currently owns the famous J-Class yacht Rainbow. He turned to Holland Jachtbouw to build her, too. If you’re familiar with the J, then you may recall she has a hybrid power system developed by Holland Jachtbouw. Rainbow II will feature a similar one. The system will be able to run all sailing gear and charge batteries simultaneously. The stored energy can then run gensets and other hotel loads silently at night. The hybrid system will also allow occupy less space than traditional power setups.

The freed-up space is sure to be appreciated by the owner and guests because of the dual emphasis on racing and cruising. While we do not yet know the interior configuration, an owner’s party of eight and seven crew will be aboard. The team at deVosdeVries Design will carry out the owner’s desire for an Art Deco interior. Mahogany wood will be prominent.

Wood will also be prominent on deck. Rainbow II will have wooden spars and blocks.

Claudia Potamkin, Global Oceans: Leadership Series

Claudia-Potamkin-Sandy-Yawn-cropClaudia Potamkin (at right in photo) is a lot of things: a yacht owner, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an ocean advocate, a mother, and more. She doesn’t switch her proverbial hats according to the crowd she’s in, however. Rather, each aspect of Potamkin’s life dovetails with the others. A childhood spent canoeing with her father stimulated her love of nature. Cruising aboard larger boats as an adult, mixed with a yearning to be more environmentally responsible and a desire to teach children to do the same, inspired the creation of Global Oceans. Co-founded with Capt. Sandy Yawn (at left in photo), Global Oceans has Potamkin’s 72 Mangusta Defiance at its center. Global Oceans and Defiance treat guests to the expected luxuries of yacht charter, while remaining eco-minded. Defiance uses as many “green” products as possible. Furthermore, the yacht is a Vessel of Discovery with the International SeaKeepers Society. Disadvantaged youth cruise aboard to learn about ocean conservation. “The goal of Global Oceans is to educate, inspire, and evolve,” Potamkin explains, “bringing light to our oceans and children’s eye at the very same time.” She adds, “It’s about planting seeds.”


Megayacht News: How did you first become interested in boats and yachts?

Claudia Potamkin: I always had a fascination with the ocean. My parents used to take us to the beach as children, and I would splash happily in the waves and look out and wonder what was out there: “How could this wet stuff take up most of the planet?” I viscerally had an attraction and appreciation for the ocean. Mother Nature is just so generous with her riches.


Megayacht News: Is that the attraction of the yachting lifestyle for you—to be surrounded by the water, by everything that Mother Nature produces?

Claudia Potamkin: I spend a lot of time in the mountains, and cross-country skiing gives you access to places you can’t walk or drive. Water does the same thing. Another thing that I loved in the early days (of my boating experience) is that you could stay for an hour, or a day, or three days, or a week. You could come and go as you please. I liked anchoring because you would just stay and go; it was sort of a vagabond, free way to travel. It’s like a mobile hotel room: You go to sleep in one port and wake up in another. It’s a lovely way to see the world. Plus, it’s the people you meet. They all have such interesting stories. People who travel by water are adventurous by nature.


Megayacht News: Was there any pivotal moment that opened your eyes to the damage being done to the oceans?

Claudia Potamkin: It was in 1983, when (the artist) Cristo and his wife Jeanne-Claude put this polypropylene around 11 of the islands in Biscayne Bay. It was this artistic endeavor, and it was a big deal, and everyone was excited about it. Even though he got clearance for all of it, there was a lot of uproar from environmentalists: “How could you do this? This is endangering wildlife.” It didn’t matter because he had his permits, and it went forward. And I thought, “That doesn’t seem right.” To me, if something is even a question, the answer’s probably no. If you have environmentalists saying, “This is damaging,” then for the sake of art, go create something else. There are so many beautiful things you can create; why do this? So, then I started to think, “We are electing to do damage. How much damage is being done unconsciously?” It’s criminal when you see how people pollute.

The interesting tie between yachting and the ocean is the misperception that the big yachts are doing all the damage. It’s not true; it’s land-based. The yachts are the ones that can effect change. I always keep in my head, “What is it that we can do to take responsibility to make people aware?” Awareness is the first part of the problem. Once you are aware of something, chances are you’re going to change it, even if you don’t correct it 100 percent.


Claudia Potamkin BGC Newport decorate their drifterMegayacht News: What motivated you to go a step beyond donating to a cause? It’s a big deal to become actively involved.

Claudia Potamkin: Things always need funding; there are too many great things. A child starving today is probably more important than a fish that might be extinct in 100 years. But, in the biggest scheme, it’s all critically important. You have to teach somebody to fish, not give them a fish. It’s about educating, it’s about making people aware.

It’s easy to give money. I would never underestimate the importance of that. But in a way, if you’re giving money to somebody, then you’re preaching to the choir, because they’re already doing that good work. It takes somebody to change. We can’t change the world. I can’t change the way people treat the oceans. I can’t change the way people pollute. But I can change myself. If I’m able to do something differently, then maybe that will trickle out. When I talk to people about something that’s become more important to me, maybe they’ll think about it, too.

Editor’s note: The photo here is of Potamkin and a few children who joined her aboard Defiance for a hands-on SeaKeepers program. Among other things, they painted a drifter and launched it. The children also learned how drifters are tracked.


Megayacht News: Is that what also guided you to establish Global Oceans? It is a really different charter company.

Claudia Potamkin: It is. Sandy Yawn is a great friend of mine. She and I always talk about the importance of giving back and doing something good. So I wanted a boat, and I wanted to offset the expense, so we started chartering it. For Global Oceans…its life force is the education that it can deliver. To me, kids are really important. As adults, we’re kind of set in our ways, but you have to teach kids, the new generation. If we don’t teach our children, then we’re done. SeaKeepers is phenomenal, they just do such important work. With the Vessel of Discovery program, what I’m able to do is take kids out and teach them. The kids have fun; some of them have never been out on the water before. You put it in terms of what they can understand. You show them what plankton looks like under a microscope and the difference between something that’s clean and healthy and something that’s not.

There’s so much that can be done. The point is, it’s so easy to do. All you need to do is make sure your insurance is intact and take kids out and teach them and show them.