VSY teams up with Hot Lab for 67m explorer yacht concept
by Chris Jefferies
Revealed at last week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, this design strikes a fine balance between modern styling and sober elegance.
Michele Dragoni, design partner at Hot Lab, explained that the project was “built around a concept that is very faithful to the original explorer yacht concept.” Key examples of this include a classic bow design and a chunky superstructure, evoking rugged working boats and research vessels.
The aft deck has been left open, allowing for a multitude of freestanding sunloungers and sofas, which can be easily cleared to make room for a superyacht helideck.
With no staircase built into the transom, the entire section can fold out to create a full-beam swimming platform adjacent to the superyacht beach club. Those wishing for a salt-free dip can head to the upper deck and its glass-sided infinity pool.
“The play on alternating full and empty spaces as one climbs from one deck to another in the beautiful superstructure is most probably the most characteristic stylistic feature,” Dragoni adds.
Moving inside and the interior décor is described as “fairly classic” with a choice of a six-cabin or seven-cabin layout available. The upper deck owner’s suite benefits from 180-degree views, his and hers bathrooms and a private study, while the skylounge boasts glazed windows on three sides.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 63.8 metre VSY Hull 003, which is due to launch next year.