Giuseppe Palumbo talks to Daily Nautica: “My grandfather was a pioneer in shipbuilding. I brought in the super yachts division”
- 19 May 2022
Columbus Yachts, a brand belonging to Palumbo Superyachts, has announced the construction of two new 40 metre superyachts in its Crossover range, in its Palumbo Superyachts building yard in Savona (formerly Mondomarine), which, with its 30 thousand square metres of workspace, has everything needed to build these vessels.
The Ligurian site was chosen because Ancona is saturated and cannot take on any more work, building 11 vessels between 24 and 67 metres, 10 of which have already been sold. Both units are for sale: the first will be delivered by spring 2024, while the second will be partially assembled by the end of the year.
“The current market situation and order portfolio – confirms Giuseppe Palumbo, chief executive officer for Palumbo Superyachts and Palumbo SY Refit – guarantee stability and solidity. We already have an ISA 80 metre under construction through self-financing in our Naples site, but we can also begin manufacturing a new 40 metre Columbus Crossover, which will be ready for delivery in spring 2024. Savona is the ideal location, as it has access to qualified artisans who will work together with a new management team dedicated to the construction of new vessels.”
The new Columbus Crossover 40 design by Sergio Cutolo-Hydro Tec, springs from the need to house large tenders on compact yachts and adapt to a new life style that turns boats into private islands to enjoy an entire holiday. The exterior design is characterised by a modern and muscular shape, with a prevalence of taut and angled surfaces and most of the space concentrated in the forward section, common in Crossovers, but further accentuated in order to make space for the tenders.
The displacement hull has a forward fin keel and flat stern, built in steel with superstructure in light alloy. The interiors, by Francesco Guida, will be modern and inspired by exploration. The vessel can house, under cover, a tender of up to 8 metres in length and 2.5 tonnes in weight, in addition to a number of toys to be found on yachts of this kind. A collapsible crane installed on the aft upper deck is for moving the tender.
On the stern is a pool with an automatic pool cover and a large beach platform, which becomes the perfect place to look out to sea. The lateral gunwales are fully collapsible and create an enormous beach club area that can be configured depending on the needs of the moment. The Sun Deck, for social occasions, has a sun lounge area, relaxation area, with a sofa overlooking the bow and midship, covered by the hard top, the outdoor dining/cocktail area with a large bar on the side and a large dining table to the left. The hard top is also home to a characteristic “crow’s nest”, for a 360-degree view of the water.
The two areas for socialisation, the living area below deck and the sky lounge, have been studied to be respectively the main living space and formal dining area. In particular, the dining area on the upper deck is full length and open at the gunwales, creating an overhanging loggia over the ocean. The owner’s suite is located on the forward main deck, while the four guest cabins are midship below deck.
A gallery, located in the double hull connects the engine room to the crew area, in addition to housing the main systems and allowing for inspection of equipment and fuel tanks. Propulsion is through two 970 kW Caterpillar C 32 engines allowing the yacht to go at maximum speeds of over 14.5 knots. Its autonomy is over 4000 miles at economic speed, thanks to its tanks with a capacity of approximately 60 m3. Two desalinators, with a capacity of around 8.6 m3/day, fill the fresh water tanks, with a total capacity of 10 m3. The yacht is also equipped with two pairs of stabilisers with under way and zero speed functions.