UPDATE, JUNE 1, 2021: A European client has stepped forward for hull number one of the Columbus Atlantique 43 series. Delivery should take place in 2023. Read on for our original article.
The automotive world meets the sailing world aboard the Columbus Atlantique 43. The first in a three-yacht series from Columbus Yachts and Hot Lab, she offers cruising comforts to encourage rest and relaxation. Simultaneously, the Atlantique 43 offers a few technological solutions to be more mindful of the environment.
Hot Lab’s styling for this 141-footer (43-meter) brings in classic elements of Italian GT sports cars. It further calls to mind classic sailboat stern scoops, not surprisingly at the transom, too (above). Whether the two side platforms are up or down, the primary real estate is 20 inches (50 centimeters) above the water. Hot Lab chose to do this in the ongoing effort to make owners and guests feel more connected to the sea. Even the area just forward of the central pool, with two aft-facing settees and a 12-person dining table, is just two more steps up.
That dining area is the primary meal area as well. The Columbus Atlantique 43 doesn’t follow the usual arrangement of an indoor saloon followed by an indoor formal or informal dining room. Instead, the design and build team seem to recognize that owners and guests want to spend as much time outside as possible. It benefits from wind protection, though, thanks to closable side glass, plus feels connected to the inside ambience thanks to sliding glass into the saloon.
Emphasizing rest and relaxation even more, the Atlantique 43 turns the saloon into two lounges. One is a typical conversation area, with a big C-shape settee and another smaller settee. The other, meanwhile, is a mini cinema, with an appropriately inviting 82-inch TV forward. On comfortable days and nights, slide open the glass walls to each side here.
Columbus Yachts and Hot Lab came up with several options to pique more interest. For those of you who are mindful of fuel economy, for instance, different propulsion systems are available. Solar panels are, too. These choices are independent of yet another choice, between five and six staterooms. In the former, the master suite is forward on the main deck, and all guest staterooms are below decks. In the six-stateroom version, though, the master is an upper-deck aerie. Situated aft, it additionally has a private alfresco area, accessible solely through the suite. Interestingly, in yet another six-stateroom version, the suite is one more deck up, on the sundeck. An outdoor staircase does permit access to the owners’ terrace. But, the sleeping area still faces aft, with 180-degree, floor-to-ceiling glass.
With either of the upper-level master suites, the Columbus Atlantique 43 makes extra spaces available for guests. For instance, forward on the main deck, the area can be a gym, a library, or another lounge. Finally, regardless of cabin count, your captain and crew get good spaces. The galley and crew mess are both on the main deck, for example. So is the laundry. Four crew cabins sit below decks, while the captain has a main-deck cabin, within the just-mentioned crew spaces all situated to port.
Details on the rest of the Columbus Atlantique line are coming soon.
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