Columbus' new 80m superyacht making progress

Written by Gemma Fottles

Italian shipyard Columbus Yachts has announced that the hull of their 80-metre Columbus Classic has been transported from their Naples facility and is heading to their Ancona yard. Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the steel hull will join her aluminium superstructure in a few days time.

Upon completion, the new vessel will be Columbus’ largest project to date, the shipyard has teamed up with Hydro Tec for the development and exterior design of the vessel while Guida Design has been selected to create the interior areas. Accommodating up to 12 guests is spread across eight cabins, including a dedicated owner’s deck.

Commenting on their ability to shorten the delivery time of this vessel, the yard state: “Columbus 80m, the first megayacht of a series that will grow on larger sizes, is a full- displacement megayacht with steel hull and aluminum superstructure built with an unusual construction process for yachts of this size that required great organizational skills: the construction has thus been split into different sites, and carried out in parallel rather than in series following the same quality requirements but accelerating time to delivery, which has shortened by about 8 months.

Performance wise, she will be powered by twin MTU engines providing her with a top speed of 16.5 knots. At a cruising speed of 12 knots she will boast a range of 6,000 nm.

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