The stunning new Columbus Yachts 40 metre Hybrid superyacht Divine has been drawing attention throughout the Mediterranean with her striking good looks and cutting edge design features since her delivery in February this year. As we step on board this Italian built beauty we find out that she has so much more to offer than just head-turning looks, and it therefore came as no surprise that Divine walked away with the coveted Neptune trophy at the recent World Superyacht Awards as the best semi displacement yacht between 30 and 40.9 metres. We feel she certainly deserves a closer look on board.
Built on the tested and proven platform of the 40S Hybrid Eleonora III,Divineis fitted with similar on board features as her older sister, which has now been optimised for a care-free family lifestyle and home-away-from-home on board atmosphere. Hydro Tec is once again the studio behind the distinctive exterior and sound naval architecture of the yacht. The studio managed to not let her impressive internal volume of 400 GT affect the overall sporty appearance of this full-aluminium superyacht. "When I created the design of the yacht back in 2009/2010 together with Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec, what we see on the water today is exactly what we wanted to achieve: a build that is strong, and has a sporty design capable of achieving high speeds and offers a class-leading range," says project manager Jimmy Broddesson.
Outside,Divine’strump card has to be the foredeck area ahead of the bridge, where one is welcomed with a dual level entertainment and relaxing area complete with oversized pool and sunbathing area, all coverable by an easy erectable sun awning. This space provides uninterrupted views ahead, and is sure to be a popular area on board while enjoying the day in a quite anchorage.
The beach club at water level is exceptionally large for a yacht of this size and will become one of the guest favourites during the upcoming summer season. This area can truly be used as a relaxation and play zone as apposed to a simple oversized swimming platform so often found on similar yacht in this size range.
Renowned Italian design studio Hot Lab brought their experience gained during the creation of the first 40 metre Sport Hybrid to create a bright and homely interior where one can spend quality family time in a space that cleverly blurs the line between interior and exterior areas. The main salon features large sliding doors on either side that leads out on onto a two folding balconies, visually increasing the already spacious salon. Side decks have been kept to a functional width so as to offer the maximum interior volume.
Further forward on main deck is the master stateroom. The bright interior theme is continued here with the use of natural semi-dimensional wood paneling, seemingly untreated, and a selection of marbles and masonry that adds to the beach-house villa environment, so evident throughout the yacht. The suite houses a full beam en suite with his and hers wash-up areas and a combined double shower in the centre. A remarkably large walk-in wardrobe is placed on the starboard side.
The remaining guest cabins are located down stairs on the accommodation deck, with a full beam VIP cabin placed amidships, and two twin cabins aft.
Upstairs is a large sky lounge that directly opens up onto the upper aft deck. Here guests can relax and get comfortable in the entertainment hub of the yacht, fitted with an advanced sound system and large LCD TV. This lounge leads out onto a spacious upper aft deck, ideal for casual late afternoon drinks or even formal outdoor dining experiences.
The yacht has again been equipped with a revolutionary hybrid propulsion system, offering the option to maneuver or spend time at anchor under electric power alone, while working in tandem with the diesel motors while underway to dramatically reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. All of this means that Divine not only manoevres noiselessly in marinas and anchorages, but when needed can reach a top speed of 21 knots. Hydro Tec's clever wizardry below the waterline allows Divine to cross the Atlantic on her own keel while maintaining a speed of 11 knots.