When luxury becomes speed
Italia, is the chosen name to honour the Made in Italy and also in way of a tribute to the beauty the Country has been and is exporting everywhere. In fact it wants to represent “a break point with all that has been created in yachting in terms of design and to move towards new concepts to come up with something unique which has never been seen” that’s what the two young designers said to us and – “however this (not new) reasoning is often taken too literally, above all when carrying out exercises in styling, mainly because of the way they’re conjured up. This leads to exaggerating which easily brings about results that have more to do with fiction and are often not even feasible. We’ve moved towards new ideas but with practical, doable projects for a new yacht, which privileging flexible dynamic solutions dedicated to the interior layout and to enhance the relation between inside and out: on a yacht the exteriors are water, the sea and this deserves to be as close as possible to life on board”. So while proposing something doable which is feasible and which will stand out of the chorus line that will be highly performing at the same time! An ambitious plan and a notable challenge which started out from a deep V shaped hull with a double step to enhance speed but one which is also stable and sea kindly when underway. Drives equipped with hi-speed counter-rotating surface propellers complete the picture. All told we have here many sensible proposals. As for Italia’s exterior design, the superstructure over the deck sports flowing sleek lines with no overhangs whatsoever which
recall as mentioned earlier the bow of an airplane, of a shuttle. The aerials and cables for example with the exception of the specially designed radar which could not be concealed are hidden away into several slots built into the toe-rail and coachroof while a retractable spoiler installed near the end of the it will reduce turbulence while cruising fast. Window like ports in Lexan are flush mounted along the sides of the same. Some of them can be opened as on some roadster s and spor ts cars. Italia as already mentioned is not only a concept but a real project with work in progress and where several details, also engineering ones, have been studied in detail. For example a pair of large window like panels in Pyrex placed on the steps and in the cockpit offer see thru vision to the engine room sporting twin CAT engines. The Pyrex panels are equipped with grills and membranes to enhance air intake to the engine room so that they can be trodden on also barefoot even when the temperature in the engine room is high. Large cut glass(spd-smartglass) panels have been installed to guarantee plenty of natural light inside. Thanks to domotics, and to a crystal liquid film installed into the system the degree of light and or transparency can be selected accordingly. Navigational aids and other electronic devices are hidden from view for aesthetical reasons but the displays are easily accessible at the push of a button. Looking at the more architectural aspects which also involve design work, the deck is void of any built in structure so that it can be furnished with modular elements which can be easily disassembled and placed elsewhere for maximize flexibility. For example a dining table with a seating capacity of eight can be situated on deck or below inside accordingly and so can a pair of modular settees. The living/saloon dining area where the galley blends with the living area to form an open space in which to port there’s a large tub that when not in use, can double as a massage parlour in which to relax thanks to a foldaway structure and additional cushions and pads. Aft of the saloon living room area we find a guest cabin and the owner’s. Both offer really original options for yachts of this size: a sauna, hammam with hot and cold bathing facility. And last but not least an area in the bow dedicated to the crew. This is obviously from a design point of view an original yacht also in terms of the allocation and distribution of the spaces. She’s equally very hi-tech with much care given to detail to the extent that the project has been collecting several awards around the globe: 2016 winner of the Millennium Yacht Design Award, nominated in 2018 at the German Design Award, in the course of the same year. Selected for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards (awaiting final selection). In a nutshell the two PC Design Studio project designers have kicked off very well.
Italia by PC Design is not only a concept but a project that is well under way, where several details, even engineering ones have been studied in detail.
Hyper Yacht Italia’s main technical features compared to the other yachts’ described in the text.