Every megayacht project starts with the keel laying, which is what the photos here reveal taking place at Columbus Yachts last week. Columbus Yachts began construction on its newest Classic Collection megayacht, a 213-footer (65-meter).
Like the three other Columbus megayacht projects so far, the Classic Collection yacht is being built at Palumbo Shipyard in Italy. The 1,850-ton-displacement yacht is the largest so far of the Classic series, which includes all-custom yachts from 131 to 246 feet (40 to 75 meters.) She bears a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, plus naval architecture and styling by Hydro Tec. Sergio Cutolo, head of Hydro Tec, has collaborated with Columbus Yachts on its other offerings, plus the duo have tested the hull design for this Classic 65M. Columbus Yachts says the megayacht should cruise at 15½ knots and top out at one knot higher. The shipyard also says that range should be 5,000 miles at 13 knots. Twin Caterpillar 3516B DITA diesels will power the yacht.
Decor details aren’t available, but the megayacht will accommodate 12 in the owner’s party, as you’d expect. The owner’s suite will be on the upper deck, aft and with private alfresco space. Given the Classic 65M’s beam of 41’10” (12.8 meters), there should be plenty of elbowroom throughout the decks. An elevator will aid in moving from one to the other, whether the owner and guests want to enjoy the cinema or beach club, with an adjoining spa. Eighteen crewmembers will also be housed aboard.
Look for the Columbus Classic 65M to be delivered in 2015. In related news, she’s being built in a shed just constructed last year. The new shed features high-power extraction fans for paint dust and other particles.