Columbus Yachts, which is part of Italy’s Palumbo Group, is planning the U.S. debut of its 40M Sport Hybrid yacht at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The builder developed the 131-foot motoryacht, christened Eleonora III, in collaboration with Hot Lab Yacht and Design, and the owner. The owner wanted a “green theme,” which is why Eleonora III has woods that are Forest Stewardship Council certified as well as leather treated with a nontoxic water-painting process.
A hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system gives Eleonora III a cruising speed that can range from 3 to 20 knots. At 15 knots, she burns about 56 gallons of fuel between both her engines, combined.