New Columbus Liberty 32m in build at Palumbo Group

Construction is underway at the Naples yard of the Palumbo Group on its new Columbus Liberty 32.

The yard’s new collaboration with yacht designer Marco Casali's Too Design is the first unit of a range of fast trawlers from 25 metres to 38 meters. The hull and Palumbo Hybrid System will allow speeds of more than 20 knots, but also low-emission and low consumption cruising at 12 knots, say the manufacturers.

The 32 metre vessel features no upper deck superstructure but instead a huge sundeck, reducing any potential top heaviness and with a considerable beam improving stability and sea keeping yet further. The deck saloon area boasts full height windows and is offered in different layouts, with or without a galley. The bow area can take a tender up to 6 metres in length as well as a good amount of water toys. Alternatively, with its front facing sofa, it could be kept clear as a space for sunbeds and tables.

‘The Liberty range is designed for those owners who love to get close to the sea. This is clear not only with the huge glass surfaces but also with the open beach area, which could hold a dinette, bar, spa or even gym, adjacent to the large bathing platform,’ the yard says. Meanwhile a 'relaxing area' is suspended ‘as an island’ overlooking the bathing platform and this features two sunpads, a pool and a table for up to 14 people.

Down below, design is all about allowing the owner freedom of choice. The owner’s cabin can be on the lower deck, taking full advantage of the boat’s full beam, or on the main deck, along with up to six guest cabins. Owners can specify a separate entrance for the crew quarters, which are sited on the lower deck.

Family company the Palumbo Group is building three other superyachts as well as the Columbus 32 – a second Sport Hybrid, a 57 metre Classic Line full displacement vessel and a 70 metre vessel. The Liberty 32 should be ready for the Cannes Boat Show 2015.

Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale boat show can find Columbus Yachts on stand 1308 in the Superyacht Builders’ Pavilion.