The PA 168 is a new superyacht concept designed by the Milan-based Hot Lab studio, based on an 86 metre Oceanco platform. Hot Lab has developed contemporary exterior lines and a functional yet innovative interior layout for this new concept design.
Despite the yacht’s generous dimensions, her lines have been designed to convey a visual sense of lightness. Fundamental in this regard is the layout of the various decks, which provide abundant open spaces.
The overall sense of lightness is also highlighted by the way the individual deck levels are clearly defined by the darkened glazing that serves to lengthen rather than heighten the profile.
The bulwarks amidships and aft are delicately arched to counterbalance the linear volumes of the superstructure and forward section. A beach area has been developed around a swimming pool on the main deck with a cascade waterfall that spills over the end wall. The bulkhead that constitues this wall is covered with teak panelling that flows into symmetrical staircases leading down to the swim platform.
The forward section of the yacht presents a classic bow profile with a flush deck for the helipad, which can be extended with side ‘leaves’ to meet new regulations relating to touch-and-go operations.
The upper deck and owner’s deck are linked externally by bold arches that add an imposing graphic effect, while also tricking the eye into believing that two deck levels are in fact one and providing the 200sqm owner’s apartment with ample natural light.
The yacht will be powered with a pair of MTU 20V 4000 main engines. She is expected to achieve a top speed of 20 knots with a range of 5500 nm at a cruising speed of 15 knots.
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