The newly formed Palumbo Superyacht division believes that there’s a market for more energy-efficient megayachts that still have a good turn of speed. As a result, the Columbus Sport Hybrid series will include 180-foot (55-meter) and 213-foot (65-meter) models, in addition to the one under construction, which is 131 feet LOA (40 meters). Consider, too, that Palumbo’s first megayacht, Prima, launched in 2011, achieved RINA’s Green Star Plus notation. The Columbus Sport Hybrid series is therefore a continuation of the Italian shipyard’s focus on higher-than-typical technical standards.
Naval architecture for the all-aluminum Columbus Sport Hybrid megayachts is by Hydro Tec. All will be available with a diesel-electric engine. Since that’s an option, buyers can still be environmentally minded if they follow the lead taken with the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid, which will launch next year. She’ll feature twin MTUs and be able to run solely on her gensets when desired, since they’ll be connected to the gearbox. In that mode, the megayacht should top out at 7.5 knots and see a 5,000-nautical-mile range, according to Palumbo. The other two Columbus Sport Hybrid models should achieve similarly respectable numbers.
Palumbo Shipyard will have full details on the Columbus Sport Hybrid series, including interior arrangements, during the Monaco Yacht Show.