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VSY, Hot Lab Unveil 220-Foot Explorer Yacht…


VSY and Hot Lab have unveiled the concept for a 220-foot go-anywhere yacht dubbed the 67m Explorer.

The design team took inspiration from working boats and naval ships, since the conversion of those vessels are what started the explorer-yacht craze a number of years ago.

“The Hot Lab 67m Explorer by VSY represents all the most demanding requirements in modern yachts, but is built around a concept that is very faithful to the original explorer yacht concept,” Michele Dragoni, partner in charge of styling at Hot Lab, stated in a press release. “The yacht’s overall appearance features the typical superstructure of working boats positioned well forward, thus leaving large open spaces aft. The classic bow, instead of the widespread vertical plumb bows, as well as the wheelhouse wing stations, suggest a highly marine and faithful design approach to working boats and naval ships.”

There are no external stairs at the transom; instead, guests would step aboard by way of a retractable gangway that leads to a vertically opening door connecting to the beach club. The main deck is flush with a pool and space for freestanding furniture.

Another favorite spot is expected to be at the top of the superstructure, just forward of the mast, where a small sundeck is positioned with panoramic views. Dragoni says this spot is “a tribute to the crow’s nests from the legendary age of sail.”

Inside, two layouts are proposed, with six or seven staterooms. Each has sizable windows on three of the yacht’s four decks, along with an owner’s suite forward on the upper deck with 180-degree views.

Why does the name Hot Lab sound familiar? The design studio has worked with numerous yachtbuilders including Baglietto, Heesen, Icon, Moonen, Nobiskrug and Oceanco.


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