With her dashing exterior lines, crisp interior design and innovative powertrain, the Columbus 40M Sport Hybrid is causing a stir. But is the new superyacht from Italy’s Palumbo Shipyard the final word in alternative propulsion technologies?
Italian builder Palumbo Shipyards introduced a new series of “green” yachts with hybrid propulsion at an elegant cocktail party at the Hôtel de Paris during the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show. The Columbus Sport Hybrid line, which ranges from 65 to 213 feet (25 to 65 meters), will be constructed entirely of aluminum on a displacement hullform designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec.
You may remember that earlier this year we presented you with “a splendid surprise” from Viareggio-based Rossinavi. The superyacht Numptia has a fantastic interior by Achille Salvagni and styling by Tommaso Spadolini. Spadolini also collaborated with Rossinavi on the beautiful 148-foot (45-meter) Aslec 4.
After several years of development, US-based marine electronics manufacturer FarSounder has introduced its new generation of navigation sonars at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show—the FarSounder-500 (able to detect target 500 meters away) and FarSounder-1000 (for targets 1000 meters away).
No matter how beautiful, sophisticated and stabilized a yacht is or how creative the design, few would dispute that the crew makes all the difference in a successful charter experience. More than a decade ago, Fraser Yachts instituted its annual Monaco Captains Awards. This year, about 300 people attended the black-tie event, now a staple on the busy Monaco Yacht Show calendar.
The Monaco Yacht Show is in full swing, and while the present is very much here and vibrant with an array of new yachts on display, many ponder what the future may look like. The dip in new yacht orders of the past few years has stimulated the fertile imagination of creators and designers, and it is more than fun to explore the possibilities.
The 22nd annual Monaco Yacht Show, September 19 to 22, 2012, promises to be a special edition. Organizers expect 100 yachts from 82 feet to 295 feet in length (25 to 90 meters), with an average size of 150 feet (46 meters), to fill valuable dock space in Port Hercules.
New Zealand-based Yachting Developments has been rushing to complete Quintessential in time for the Monaco Yacht Show. She is one of the world’s largest composite sailing catamarans. The construction is high-strength lightweight Epoxy EGlass carbon fiber incorporating foam-core sandwich technology.
The newly launched Azimut Grande 100 makes its Monaco debut. It features sexy and sleek exterior styling by Stefano Righini and a custom interior by Carlo Galeazzi, featuring either a four- or five-cabin layout (the four-cabin layout yields the owner a spectacular two-story suite).
Newly launched in 2012 at the Southern Wind Shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa, Almagores II was commissioned by an Italian owner who is a passionate sailor. Exhibiting a clean and uncluttered exterior and interior by Nauta Design and naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, Almagores II represents the first of the SW102 DS series.
HJB has launched the J-class yacht Rainbow, which is based upon the lines of the 1934 America’s Cup winner drawn by William Starling Burgess in the early 1930s. This spectacular 40-meter “J” features a high-end superyacht interior and a unique hybrid propulsion and power system inside a racing-boat hull, topped off by a grand prix racing deck and rig.
With naval architecture by Mondo Marine, and exterior and interior design by Giorgio Vafiadis, this aluminum semi-displacement yacht shares the same technical platform as six previously built 134-foot (41-meter) tri-decks built by the yard, but has a different superstructure and design.
The newly launched 154-foot (47-meter) Lady Petra is the eighth to be delivered in Heesen’s award-winning 47m class. It was built for Frans Heesen, the founder of Heesen Yachts who previously had a 144-foot Heesen called My Petra. Bannenberg & Rowell did the interior design.