Just ahead of the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Italian shipyard Columbus Yachts announced the new design of the Columbus Liberty 32 metre. SuperYacht Times spoke to the Columbus team at the show, who informed us that the construction has just begun and completion is expected in just 11 months, in time to display her at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2015.
The yacht has been designed in collaboration with designer Marco Casali of Too-Design Studio, with key characteristics being separated into four categories; the freedom of cruising at your preferred speed, the freedom of living and organising wide, flat spaces, the freedom of feeling and the feeling of being unique, with the latter highlighting the vessels potential for customisation.
In regards to wide, flat spaces, the Liberty range reduce the heights of their superyachts by removing the upper deck. By then offering a longer and wider hull, they have transformed the space into an expansive sundeck. This increases the stability and seakeeping of the vessel whilst also offering wider planes for the arrangement, which can be fully customised by the owner to create their ideal, personal superyacht.
Huge glass surfaces and the open, transparent beach area cater to those who love being close to the sea, hence creating a freedom of feeling. The beach area offers the possibility of including a dinette with an American bar, a spa or a gym, dependent on the preference of the owner. Two large sunpads and two modular sofas are located close to this area, including a table capable of seating up to 14 people for a sophisticated dining experience. The sundeck area is designed with the same free spirit offering two different kind of shadings with or without T-top.
The options for accommodation for guests include a 3 or 5 cabin layout in addition to the owner’s suite located on the main deck or the aft part of the lower deck. Performance wise, the hull and Palumbo Hybrid System provide her with top speeds of over 20 knots, whilst also boasting low-emission and low consumption cruising at a speed of 12 knots.