As the first in a new range from the Columbus yard, this six-deck, full displacement megayacht uses a longitudinal bow sweep and a transverse flaring of its various decks to offer a ‘Renaissance-inspired’ style that harks back to the celebrated ocean liners of the 1950s and 60s. However, it is also designed to showcase an understated, contemporary elegance and to that end, the internal spaces are arranged on six levels, with a circular, glass-walled lift connecting the five main decks. It starts from the lower deck, which is the preferred access point for passengers arriving by tender, and travels right up to the sun deck, where it opens out to spectacular effect.
Six big double suites, all in neutral, unobtrusive tones, provide the guest accommodation in the forward section of the main deck, while a seventh cabin on the lower deck can be used as a spare for last-minute guests. The entire upper deck, meanwhile, is dedicated to the owner, with a suite comprising a big double bedroom in the bow and a 180-degree panoramic view, plus a private studio area and a third section for guests. The private external areas also include a large stern terrace, as well as a forward balcony.
Power is expected to come from two 3,044hp engines with shaft transmissions, installed in the mid-section of the lower deck. The engine compartment also houses three 300KW generators and an auxiliary 125 KW unit. All systems not directly related to propulsion (such as air conditioning pumps, hydraulic systems and desalinators) will be housed in an acoustically and thermally insulated technical room.
Due for delivery in 2019, the Columbus 80m is being built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure at two production sites, one in Naples and one in Ancona – and Columbus Yachts CEO, Giuseppe Palumbo, is certain that his company’s pedigree all but guarantees success: "Over 50 years experience in building and refitting large ships allows us to enter the megayacht segment with full confidence in the results we can achieve, thanks to the skills we have acquired during this long journey." To find out more, see Columbus Yachts.