Columbus Yachts' 40-metre Sport Hybrid Divine has been cruising in the Mediterranean in her first full season since delivery last year
The Columbus Divine is the second Sport Hybrid yacht on the water. The first yacht in the range, which launch in 2013, is now called Eleonora III. The range features naval architecture and exterior styling by Hydro Tec in co-operation with the Palumbo group shipyard, while Divine’s interior design is by Hot Lab. Divine is set to appear at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Divine’s all-aluminium semi-displacement hull coupled with hybrid propulsion delivers flexible cruising between three and 20 knots. The hybrid system, developed in house at the Palumbo group (the parent of the Columbus brand), combines main engines and two electric motors, allowing electric-powered cruising to a top speed of eight knots. Weight saving throughout the build ensures good fuel efficiency across the cruising range.
With its near-vertical bow and lines inspired by sports car design, the yacht is an undoubtedly purposeful presence on the water, although guest experience is a high priority too, with big volumes and deck heights. The bulwarks feature glass cut-outs that also serve as fold-down balconies as well as serving to open up the main deck salon. These are complemented by full-height glass doors – with the doors open and the balconies lowered, the salon operates as a floating terrace.
She sleeps ten guests in five staterooms with the owner’s suite and study on the main deck. A VIP suite on the lower deck converts to two cabins, to satisfy the owner’s request for flexibility. The use of a single window on the lower deck rather than classic portholes offers a continuity of light. Hot Lab and the owner collaborated on the interior design, with the emphasis on a colour palette that enhances the feeling of light.
All interior woods are Forest Stewardship Council certified and the leather is treated with a non-toxic painting process. The yacht’s bespoke integrated I-Bridge system is from Team Italia.