Columbus Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, has announced that construction on the steel hull of its first 40 metre Crossover model is officially underway.
The project has been started on speculation and is currently available for sale with delivery due in spring 2024. The first hull will soon be joined by a second in the sheds at the shipyard's Savona facility, which will be assembled at the end of the year.
The Columbus Crossover 40 has been designed by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec and centres around a large aft deck for carrying tenders and toys. Exterior lines are modern and muscular, typical of an explorer, with a higher distribution of volume in the forward area than typically found on Crossovers, which frees up the stern so that it can store an eight-metre tender or be used as a sun lounge.
A retractable crane is installed on the upper deck aft for launching and recovering toys and tenders from the aft deck. The deck area is also home to a swimming pool with an automatic sliding cover and foldable bulwarks that turn the space into an open-air beach club.
According to the shipyard, the model "endorses the new lifestyle that equates a boat with a private island on which to concentrate all the holiday activities".
Other outdoor amenities include a sun deck shaded by a hardtop with sofas and a multifunction dining and cocktail area, and a crow’s nest where guests can enjoy 360-degree views.
Meanwhile, the interior has been designed by Francesco Guida. The interior social areas are split between a main deck saloon and a sky lounge with a formal dining area that spans the yacht's full beam.
For accommodation, the Columbus Crossover 40 can sleep up to 10 guests, with the owner's suite placed forward on the main deck and four guests cabins located below.
The yacht will be powered by twin Caterpillar C 32 engines for a maximum speed of 14.5 knots and an economic range of 4,000-nautical miles. A pair of stabilisers ensure comfort while underway or at anchor.
"The current market trend and our order book guarantee us stability and solidity," said Giuseppe Palumbo, director of Palumbo Superyachts and Palumbo SY Refit. "Though we’re already financing the construction of an 80 metre ISA at our headquarters in Naples, we can also support the production of a new 40 metre Columbus Crossover to be delivered in spring 2024. Savona is the ideal place as it provides skilled workers to join a new managerial team dedicated to the construction of new builds."
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