SUPERYACHTS 27 December 2019
Slim elegance with reliable seakeeping: Dragon, built in just 27 months by Columbus Yachts, talks the pure language of gigayachts with character
by Claudia Giulia Ferrauto – Photo by Alberto Cocchi e Giorgio Baroni
HER CLEAN LINES, RESEARCHED AND DESIGNED BY HYDRO TEC OF SERGIO CUTOLO, which is also behind the naval architecture, make Dragon a timeless classic, and one of those super yachts that you will never cease to admire as they sail off into the distance, or when they are moored at sunset. Built in a record of just 27 months, the new yard flagship knows how to entice and get herself talked about. She is eighty metres long and just over thirteen wide and has a distinctly lengthy feel to it.
With her steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Dragon can do 17 knots, and her 219,000-litre fuel tank means that she has a range of as much as 6,200 nautical miles when travelling at 12 knots cruising speed. There are five decks, connected by an internal lift, and there is plenty of room for relaxation in a pleasure ship that displaces around 2300 GT.
A lot of thought has gone into amazing and entertaining her guests. The fly bridge features a seven-metre swimming pool, with a waterfall spray that cuts through to divide it from the Jacuzzi area, where you can relax enjoying a view twelve metres above sea level. To check out the coastline or for quick trips, there are two tenders of 7 and 9.5 metres that are housed on the lower deck, and three jet skis kept below the helicopter landing platform.
Direct contact with the sea can be experienced in complete calm on the lower deck, thanks to an extensive beach club area, measuring 200 square metres in all. This includes the central and two side sun areas that are created by opening the platforms that are located along the sides of the boat. Accompanying this, in the same area there is a sauna and a Turkish bath and, additionally, in the large internal space there is a relaxation zone and a lounge bar that is decorated by three splendid rear-lit blue agate panels.
Another feature worth noting is the upper deck, that is completely set aside for the owner and which, going aft, has a large cockpit with a 14-seat dining table, an inside living area with a bar. Towards the bow, there is the master cabin – of a full 110 square metres – that features large windows with a 180 view over the deck, which is also private. Outside there is a second living area that provides access to the helicopter landing pad. The next level up you find a wellness area of around 50 m2fitted with Tecnogymequipment, and complete with a beauty salon and massage area. This deck also has the steering area and the captain’s cabin.
The main deck features an external cockpit and an interior living room that comes before the guest cabin area. Here you should take note of the six large windows, which are unique – four ofthem are five metres long by two metres high. They are amongst the largest ever made in Europe and mean that natural light can fill the interior spaces, making even the exterior sidewalks very unusual and special. As we continue going forward, we find five guest cabins, one of which is a large panoramic VIP cabin.
The sixth guest cabin is on the lower deck and has its own hall with a lift. The lower deck, as is customary, houses the crew’s cabin area, including a dinette, a large steel-crafted galley, gym,washroom and technical areas. Also, to be found here is the engine room, which extends over two floors.
The interiors of the Dragon are by Francesco Guida, and are an example of measured taste where clean lines are an expression of the relentless and skilled work focussing on simplifying and balanced choices, inspired by the motto that “less is more”. The use of contrasting warm and cold colours creates harmonious atmospheres with a natural feel. The delicate warmth of the wood and the metal finishing echoa shoreline brushed by the sun, and the blue agate panels are the spray and waves of a thousand crystalline seas.
A princess at birth, Dragonisn’t just the largest yacht ever built by the Palumbo Superyacht Group but is one of the biggest ever built in Italy. To be precise she is – in eight position – among the top nine.
DRAGON BY COLUMBUS YACHTS
Project: Hydro Tec (Naval architecture and exterior design) • Francesco Guida Design (Interior design)
Hull: LAO 79.90m • Waterline length 69.47m •Maximum beam 12.80m • Full load draft 3.65m •Full load displacement1690 t • Steel hull •Alluminium superstructure • 2300 GT • Fuel tank volume 219,000 l • Water tank volume 53,000 l • Grey water tank volume 45,000 l • Owner and guest cabins 7 for 12 people • Crew cabins 10 for 19 people.
Main Propulsion: 2 x MTU 16V4000M63L of 3000 hp (2 X 2240 kW @ 1800 RPM) • 2 fins zero speed stabilizers • Maximum speed 17 knots • Cruising speed 12 knots • Range at 12 knots
6200 nautical miles
Certification: ABS, A1, Commercial yachting service/ AMS, ACCU.
(Dragon by Columbus Yachts, a record breaking gigayacht – Ottobre 2019)