74Isea& iIWINTER 2010 sea& ireveals the winning teamwork behind Perini Navi's latest launch - the 56m ( 184') Panthalassa ByMiriam Cain perini navi
newbuild W hen it came to designing Panthalassa, her owners knew exactly what they wanted to create: the ultimate, seaworthy sailing machine. With such a clear focus in mind, it paved the way for a simple choice of name, they simply had to decide what language to opt for; they chose Greek. ' Panthalassa' means ' all sea', and this eye- catching ketch has already proved she is perfectly suited for ocean life - with regard to both performance and lifestyle. Panthalassa is the 48th build from the Perini Navi yard and the eighth 56- metre yacht from a series that has proved highly successful. From her build team alone, it was clear this all-aluminium alloy ketch was going to make a significant impact. Her sail plan and hull optimisation are by racing- yacht designer Ron Holland, and her interior by world- famous architects Foster + Partners. Thanks to this triumvirate of yachting expertise, along with project management by CNI broker Mark Hilpern, and considerable input from her owners, Panthalassa is both a unique and elite yacht. Her appearance is more angular andaggressive than her predecessors, and she has an innovatively revised deck arrangement. She also has a more hydrodynamic shape than her sisterships, and she is the first of the 56- metre series to have a flush foredeck ( and no ' whale back') and flush windows for a clean, modern profile. Into new territory Panthalassa's interior is the work of Foster + Partners' Todd Hutton. Bringing fresh inspiration to the yacht industry, Hutton has created a signature Foster + Partners design that was nevertheless heavily influenced by the owner, who had previously worked with the designers on several land- based projects. The design brief called for a seamless link between the exterior and interior, and Hutton met the challenge by establishing a clean flow of lines to merge key areas, and by drawing plenty of natural daylight into the yacht. The latter is largely achieved thanks to skylights on the upper deck; the effect of which is dramatically enhanced by one particular raised feature skylight that doubles as a table. LED lighting is set within the glass of this skylight, providing dramatic mood lighting throughout the yacht at night. The large windows that run the length of the main saloon and wrap around the wheelhouse also serve to increase the natural light in the interior, while at the yacht's centre a gracefully flowing stairwell is wrapped in a translucent, acrylic enclosure that allows light to flood through. Oversized portholes feature throughout the lower deck to further enhance the ' outside in' concept. Panthalassa's layout has been extremely well thought through in every regard, and is practical throughout. Flexible, multifunctional spaces offer a host of well- conceived opportunities for social interaction, yet the division of space differs from other yachts in her range. This is particularly evident in the main deck saloon, which is one huge, undivided indoor/ outdoor living and dining area that opens, via wide doors, to a fully shaded aft deck lounging and dining area. With clever use of electric glazed screens, the entire main saloon, dining areas and wheelhouse can be divided for formal use, or unified into one large, informal living space. " Everything has been considered, and the intelligent use of space allows for multifunctional areas rather than the traditional sections of main saloon, dining room, library and office," explains WINTER 2010I sea& iI75 ?