“Green” gets tossed around a lot to imply environmental friendliness. Sometimes it’s true, but sometimes it’s not as true as a company would like you to believe. In the case of Divine, the second delivery in the Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M series, it means more than just emissions.
The 131-foot (40-meter) Divine, delivered last year, has the luxury touches you would expect of a sporty, sleek superyacht. Hot Lab Yacht & Design and Palumbo Group’s in-house team (Palumbo owns the Columbus Yachts brand) worked with the owner on a tone-on-tone decor. Eucalyptus and walnut woods line cabinetry and walls, with leather and stainless steel used as accents. Wood even runs up overhead in the main-deck master suite. The decor is environmentally friendly due to the joinery meeting Forest Stewardship Council standards. The organization certifies that chosen woods are sustainable. Furthermore, the leathers used throughout Divine are treated with a non-toxic water-based paint.
Certainly, “hybrid” in “Sport Hybrid” does mean the more environmental-friendly diesel-electric propulsion. Electric power alone reportedly lets Divine achieve 8 knots. When the main diesel engines are engaged, they can charge the electric motors. In addition, at 15 knots’ cruising speed under diesel power, Divine reportedly burns just 56.8 gph (215 lph). Just like her predecessor in the Sport Hybrid series, Eleonora III, Divine has the RINA Hybrid Propulsion class notation.
With naval architecture by Hydrotec, Divine has a sleek profile that belies a roomy nature. Headroom of 7’5” (2.3 meters), in combination with plentiful glass for natural light, is unexpected for a yacht of this size. As for the glass, it includes full-height doors to each side of the dining area. They can either slide or hinge open, interesting enough. The bulwarks there fold down, too, to form balconies.
These sneak peeks at Divine, meant for an owners’ party of 10 and crew of eight, should satisfy you until you see her in person at the Monaco Yacht Show: