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Innovating for a Sustainable Future: Redefining Yacht Excellence
Hydro Tec has always paid attention to the issue of sustainability, an example being the fact that more than 10 years ago it designed the first hybrid boat certified by RINA, the Columbus 40m Sport Hybrid.
Launched back in 2013, the 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗯𝘂𝘀 𝟰𝟬 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗛𝘆𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗱 is characterised by the original semi-displacement hull, analysed both with numerical methods and with checks on the model, and for the construction in light alloy. The specially designed chine hull allows to navigate with constant trim in all conditions, also thanks to the particular design of the propeller tunnel and the presence of an Interceptor.
Among the characteristics of greatest impact, its eco-friendly qualities, which guaranteed the RINA Green Plus class, are particularly striking; the hybrid propulsion system that we developed allows two electric motors connected to a gearbox to be placed alongside the main motors, thus allowing electric navigation at a maximum speed of 7.5 knots using the energy produced by the generators and, at the same time, producing new energy when the main engines are running.It is now over 10 years since the first Columbus 40 Sport Hybrid was launched. This 40-metre yacht, with an all-aluminium hull, not only won 3 awards on its debut, but has also collected a number of other awards for its innovative features, environmental friendliness and energy efficiency. At the Showboats Design Awards in 2014, the Columbus Sport Hybrid triumphed in three different categories: Holistic Design Award (best holistic design), Environmental Protection Award (best environmentally friendly design) and Interior Design Award (best interior design).
Among the various awards, the “Environmental Award 2013” promoted by the “Union Internationale Motonautique”, for the innovative solutions implemented on board, in particular for the hybrid propulsion system, is undoubtedly worth mentioning.
RINA for its part awarded the yacht the additional Class Note “Hybrid Propulsion”, a designation introduced for the first time in history, based on the design specifications of the Columbus 40 Sport Hybrid, together with the prestigious “Green Star Plus Platinum”.
The optimisation range is between 10 and 25 knots and, thanks also to the containment of the weight due to the use of the light alloy, extremely interesting consumption values have been achieved. The hybrid propulsion, designed and built in close collaboration with the shipyard’s technical office, completes the “Hybrid”
profile of the yacht, “hybrid” in that it combines a diesel propulsion system with a diesel-electric one, “hybrid” also in character, sporty and fast yacht on the one hand, comfortable and silent like a displacement yacht on the other hand.
Hybrid Yachts: Green Innovation with State-of-the-Art Technology
Launched in 2023, the Columbus Custom 50m M/Y Anjelif features impressive naval architecture stemmed from the imagination of Hydro Tec. The yacht is powered by twin MTU engines, which provide her with a top speed of up to 20 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles. The motor yacht also provides the possibility of using two electric motors in diesel-electrical propulsion.
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