Columbus 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.