“Elegant, refined, attentive, demanding, but also sporty, traveler, and open-minded.” This is how Luca Dini of Luca Dini Design describes both K2, delivered by Columbus Yachts, and her owner. “The concept of this yacht mirrors the personality, style, and approach to life of its owner,” he explains. From the lines that Dini styled outside to the interior, and even to the naval architecture by Hydro Tec and Columbus’ parent Palumbo Superyachts, K2 strikes a balance between being a high-flier and a quieter companion.
At an LOA of nearly 164 feet (49.9 meters), K2 is the third, and largest, yacht for her owner from Palumbo Superyachts. She has a decidedly masculine atmosphere, with rich woods like ziricote and tanganyika frisè, plus accents in lacquer and steel. Leathers, fabrics, and abundant furnishings especially from Fendi soften the ambience.
That softer side suits several areas well. For instance, besides having a beach club, K2 has a transformer swim platform (above). Specifically, it includes a pop-out section encompassing about 43 square feet (4 square meters) when it fully deploys. Arguably, this makes the beach club feel more connected to the ocean, enhancing relaxation.
Further to her more subdued side, the megayacht has four staterooms for guests below decks. To ensure sweet dreams, the owner and the design and engineering teams paid careful attention to sound and vibration attenuation. Columbus Yachts says the levels of both are quite low even when the engines are under 85 percent load (although it hasn’t released decibel figures). And, the owner requested a hammam in his en suite bath—an ideal respite after a good workout in his private gym, too. (That gym, by the way, is 184 square feet, or 18 square meters.)
At the other end of the spectrum, K2 encourages the owner and guests to indulge in far more engaging group activities. Notably, some areas onboard serve double duty. The sunpads convert into conversation settees, or even guest reception areas when friends and family board. Both the main and upper decks have alfresco bars and dining areas—as well as interior bars and dining areas. Furthermore, the upper deck caters to entertaining, with a games table and 85-inch TV (below). Then, of course, there’s the pool with a hot tub up here, too.
Sea trials earlier this year confirmed the yacht’s top speed of 21½ knots and cruising speed of 17 knots, with twin MTUs. Transatlantic range, an owner requirement, is possible at that speed, too. For better fuel consumption, though, her captain can pull her back to 10 knots. In fact, Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec says she consumes just 18½ gph (70 lph) at that speed. “That is a particularly good result if we consider the hull characteristics,” he adds. Furthermore, shallow-water destinations like the Bahamas are possible, another must for the owner. Draft is 7’2” (2.2 meters).
K2 is currently available for charter through the central agency of Fraser Yachts, and will make her global debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
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