At the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Italian yard Viareggio Superyachts announced Explorer, the new steel and aluminium built 67-metre expedition yacht project developed in collaboration with the Milan-based Hot Lab studio.
The Hot Lab 67 M Explorer by VSY is designed around a concept that is very faithful to the original explorer yacht concept but providing whatever a contemporary yacht is nowadays expected to offer. It is a modern project with that special Italian flair and sober elegance that aims to become a reference point in its category.
The Explorer concept looks more like a workboat or a research vessel instead of a superyacht, with her stout hull and classic bow: such appearance reflects the careful focus on technical aspects of the project.
Michele Dragoni, a Hot Lab partner, explained: “The Hot Lab 67-metre Explorer by Viareggio Superyachts presents all the most demanding requirements in modern yachts, but is built around a concept that is very faithful to the original explorer yacht concept.”
The yacht features a far forward construction, leaving room for gear in the aft part of the boat. For safety purposes, deck hardware goes beneath the deck surface, occupied by a vast beach club with sunbeds and sofas. This whole area can also be turned into a provisional helicopter pad if needed. The beach club has a foldable full-beam swimming platform attached to it. The four-deck yacht offers an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, gym and two wing stations, or foldout balconies, overlooking the water.
The yacht’s interior has been designed by Enrico Lumini with two different layout options, a six-cabin or a seven-cabin. Both layouts allow for accommodating 15 crewmembers and the captain. The master suite is located on the upper deck and includes an owner’s cabin, two bathrooms, and a private study. All living areas are flooded with natural light coming through panoramic windows.
Complying with ABS standards, the 67-metre Explorer will be fitted with Caterpillar power and a station-keeping system. She should also reach a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots.