Columbus Eleonora III Sport Hybrid 40m US debut at FLIBS16


Aligned with the green approach to yacht building pioneered by Columbus Yachts  the innovative M/Y ELEONORA III will be on display at next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016 for her US debut.

The layout and style have been developed by the shipyard team together with the interior designer firm Hot Lab Yacht and Design and the Owner to create comfortable interiors using a combination of warm materials and soft colors which avoid strong contrasts and ensure the interiors flow.

Marbles such as Breccia Sarda and Adria Venato are matched with, Tay wood and dark oak for interior floors. A touch of warmth and luxury is provided by brightly colored leather and metal details with polished stainless steel. Soft wool carpets and precious fabrics complete the simple yet elegant feeling of the interiors.

A well-designed, bar is located at the entrance of the main deck. Moving forward there is the dining area seating eight guests on comfortable compact chairs placed around a custom-made table. Below this latter is placed a 2x3m onyx rectangular plaque able to enhance natural light of the area.

In the lounge area, the sofa and armchairs are placed around a large TV screen that is set in a sleek panel integrated into the ceiling.

The area is framed by two large windows that provide breathtaking views onto the ocean and light up the saloon with natural light. The light and open atmosphere is enhanced by two large sliding glass doors and opening bulwarks to better enjoy the feeling of being at sea.

Further forward there is a fully equipped galley on the port side and a lobby on the right. The main deck also houses the master suite with a king size bed positioned in the centre of the cabin between two large windows providing natural light and scenic views.

The cabin bulwarks are paneled in wood as is the floor and ceiling to create a warm and cozy environment. The master bathroom is equipped with two well-designed ‘his and her’ marble sinks on each side a large shower with glass walls.


Light colors are used throughout the yacht to complement natural light and the colors of the sea. On the upper deck the relaxing atmosphere is enhanced by a huge sofa more than 140cm deep chosen from the Diesel collection by Moroso.

As stated above and aligned with the “green theme” of the yacht, all the woods selected for the Columbus Sport Hybrid 40 m are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified to ensure eco-sustainability while the leather, a by-product of the meat industry, is treated with a special non-toxic water painting process.

The result is a harmonious design to perfectly complement the sporting and open air feeling of the yacht.


From the technical point of view, M/Y Eleonora III is a semi-displacement hull that was analyzed using CFD software and tank tests for use with light alloy construction. The hard chined hull, allows a cruising with suitable trim under all sea conditions. This is also thanks to the special design of the propeller tunnels and to the addition of an Interceptor. Naval architect and exterior design come from the collaboration between Palumbo Group and Hydro Tec.

Powered with an advanced hybrid propulsion, the performance range is between 3 and 20 knots and, thanks to the weight reduction due to the use of alloy materials, optimum consumption values have been achieved. At the cruising speed of 15 knots the fuel consumption is 215 liters per hour for both engines.

The hybrid propulsion system, designed, studied and built in close collaboration with the Technical Department of the Palumbo Shipyard represent the "Hybrid factor" of the yacht. This system provides the yacht with diesel electric propulsion that matches perfectly also with the concept of this yacht to be both sporty and fast and at the same time comfortable and quiet as a traditional full displacement yacht.

The hybrid propulsion system Palumbo developed allows the combination of the main engines and two electric motors connected to gearbox, thus allowing electric powered cruising at a maximum speed of 8 knots using the energy produced by the generators and, at the same time, producing energy when the main engines are in operation.


The integrated I-Bridge system from Team Italia was developed from the idea to create a helm station exclusive to each and every captain. I-Bridge makes it possible to integrate a wide range of systems produced by various manufacturers that operate using different kinds of logic to create a single user interface that is both personalized and easy to upgrade over the years. Moreover, by studying wheelhouse ergonomics Palumbo has also developed a customized layout solution that is in keeping with the yacht’s sporty exterior and contemporary interior design.

The Sport Hybrid does not have wing stations, so one system that has been integrated into the bridge commands is a wireless Vessel Manoeuvring Assistant (VMA Plus) device from Xenta Systems.
The electronic technology uses the existing engines, transmissions and bow thruster to allow the pilot to operate from anywhere. Xenta components in the engine room share joystick commands with the transmission and throttle controls, while a visual sensor mounted over each prop shaft reads the speed and direction of the rotation and feeds the information to the control system.

Columbus Yachts is very proud that also M/Y Eleonora III as her sister-ship M/Y Divine is RINA classified with the additional class notation “Hybrid Propulsion (Y)” and AUT CCS (Y), the latest being another innovation studied with RINA to fulfill the need of having unmanned machinery spaces, not even having a control room inside the machinery spaces.


With three Showboats Design Awards to M/Y Eleonora III in 2013 and the most recent Superyachts Awards given to M/Y Divine, Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M it's definitely an award winning model. Divine was awarded with a special commendation for her Naval Architecture at 2016 Showboats Design Awards and she is the winner of World Superyacht Awards 2016 – category Semi-Displacement & Three Deck Motor Yacht 30m – 40.9m.