Tankoa shows off all its ability with this masterfully designed and built 72-metre yacht that is truly second to none
by Maria Roberta Morso – photo by Blue i Prod
The Monaco Yacht Show always leaves you with lots of images in your head and lots of memories of noteworthy yachts that showcase the expertise, dedication and skill of yards and designers. And yet, there are some yachts that make more of an impression than others, yachts that remain with you for one reason or another. Without doing anyone down, there were two yachts at the 2018 show that stuck in my mind and impressed me with their design and content, style, technology and build quality.
One was the stratospheric Dar, the 90-metre vessel designed by Luiz De Basto with interiors by Valentina Zannier/Nuvolari Lenard built by the Dutch builder Oceanco, while the other was the powerful 72-metre Solo, designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Paszkowski/Casprini and constructed by the Italian builder Tankoa.
Solo is a large yacht of great quality, both as regards what you see and what you don’t see, starting with the hull designed by Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero. The waterlines of Solo, which stands out for its wide body amidships and a high length-to-beam ratio, led the yacht to receive a Rina Green Plus Platinum notation for its hydrodynamic efficiency.
Ruggiero, the engineer, explained that its two Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines developing an outlet mechanical power of 1,825kWeach make Solomore efficient than it would be with a hybrid diesel-electric system, which would cause it to consume around 15% more than it does with the traditional engines adopted. What is more, Solo is fitted with systems for reducing pollutant emissions from the engines, particularly Eco Spray SCR catalytic converters, and generators with HUG particulate filters. The yacht also has a CO2 meter that makes it possible to sail at a speed that reduces emissions to a minimum.
Solo is one of the first yachts to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III requirements, which restrict the amount of sulphur contained in the fuel to 0.1% and entail the installation of sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide emission reduction systems. These measures mean that the yacht can be sailed in so-called Emission Control Areas (ECAs), various areas around the world where serious environmental protection measures are being put in place: the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the coastal zones of North and Central America, including the Caribbean.
The design of the hull, together with the two lines supplying energy to four zero-speed stabilising fins measuring 3.6m2each, guarantees excellent seakeeping and subsequently ensures the highest levels of comfort when on the move and at anchor. Continuing with the subject of efficiency, it is interesting to take a look at the data regarding the range of the yacht. At the top speed of 17.5 knots Solocan travel for 3,000 nautical miles with a 10% reserve; at 15.7 knots the two engines burn 570 litres per hour and the range is over 4,000 nautical miles; at the economical speed of 10 knots the autonomy rises to 7,000 nautical miles with consumption of just 195 litres per hour.
Solo is the second yacht the owner has commissioned from Tankoa. The first was the 69-metre Suerte, also designed by Paszkowski. A great understanding has evidently been developed between the owner, yard and designer and this is reflected in the quality of the result. There is nothing forced, either in technical or stylistic terms.
The yacht oozes solidity and the build quality is apparent throughout, in the sober and sophisticated interiors, on the deck and in the technical areas fitted out and equipped in the best possible fashion. While Italian yards aim to equal the much-celebrated yards of Northern Europe, Tankoa has hit the bullseye with Soloand reached the standard of the top Northern European yards.
Tankoa is going through a very positive and dynamic phase, thanks in part to Michel Karesenti’s thorough knowledge of the market. Indeed, during a press conference on board he remarked that the ambitious objectives set for Solowere largely achieved, to the great satisfaction of all involved. This confirms that the high-quality path being followed by the yard is certainly the right one.
Exterior and interior design
Solois a classical yet contemporary vessel with strong and elegant lines. It has four decks plus an under lower deck for the technical areas, cold rooms, laundry and waste processing area, and a very small, ultra-panoramic sun deck.
«Solois built on the same platform asSuerte, but the three extra metres in length have made more room for outdoor and indoor spaces. We have lowered the topsides around the lounge on the main deck to provide this room with a wonderful, far-reaching view over the sea», says the designer Francesco Paszkowski.
The owner’s deck, above the large and versatile upper decks, includes a stunning cabin in the bow with panoramic windows, a study, two wardrobes, a bathroom and a small relaxation room that can also be used as an extra cabin if required. The spacious private terrace with Jacuzzi in the stern of the owner’s deck can be transformed into a touch-and-gohelipad with certification for up to 4.5 tonnes.
The owner can therefore arrive on board by helicopter and enter this private apartment undisturbed.This deck can be isolated from the rest of the yacht by closing the access doors and blocking the owner deck option in the lift linking all the guest areas. Privacy was one of the owner’s main requests, along with the style of the interior design characterised by dark colours.
Margherita Casprini from the Paszkowski design firm followed the owner’s instructions, which set out very clear expectations regarding both functional and stylistic aspects. The grey and black stained oak, the polished Macassar ebony, the dark and warm hues of the stone and marble are combined with neutral fabrics. The interiors as a whole are very sober, formal and luxurious, but not ostentatious or superfluous in any way. The sofas, furnishings and accessories are of the very highest quality. They have been selected from leading Italian manufacturers, including Fendi Casa, which provided the sofas for the interior lounges. The custom-made carpets are also very attractive.
The yacht was designed for combined private and charter use and, despite its marked customisation to meet its owner’s requirements, it has also been developed to meet the needs of charter clients. The finishes are all of the same level, the materials are equally fine in all the communal and private areas, there are large outdoor spaces on all the decks to be enjoyed in company or on one’s own in complete relaxation.
The main deck is home to the large cockpit, a real outdoor lounge with a rectangular pool measuring 6 metres long. Instead of being entered via the usual sliding doors in the aft section, the internal lounge is accessed through two side doors leading into a veranda surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.An initial sitting area leads into the lounge/cinema and then into the dining room, where the table can comfortably sit sixteen people.
There are five spacious and luxuriously finished guest cabins, all on the main deck. These comprise a VIP cabin and four double cabins that can be transformed into twins thanks to the sliding beds.Obviously there is every convenience you could imagine on board, including a luxurious beach club at sea level with bar, sauna, Turkish bath and gym with Technogym equipment and terrace.
The beach club opens onto the aft platform and is also lit by a skylight in the bottom of the large swimming pool on the main deck. The upper deck houses the ultra-modern semi-integrated paperless dashboard developed by Boening, the captain’s cabin and another cabin set up as a massage room, which can turn into crew accommodation if required.
The lower deck is dedicated entirely to crew quarters (it can house eighteen people in total) and also has a roomy dinette and service rooms, including a large galley. The tenders are housed in a garage with side opening on both sides of the hull.
Tankoa 72m Solo
Project Engineer: Vincenzo Ruggiero / Tankoa Engineering
Exterior Designer: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Interior Designer: Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini
Hull: Length O.A. 72.00 m • Beam O.A. 11.60 m • Draft 3.38 m • Full displacement 1,250 t Approx. • GRT 1,600 GRT +.
Hull type: Twin Screw Displacement Motor Yacht
Classification: Lloyd’s – RINA (MCA LY3)
Hull material: Steel/Stainless Steel
Max. speed (1/2 load): 17.5 knots • Range
at 12.5 knots: >6,000 Nm
Fuel: 162,000 l
Fresh Water: 37,600 l
Main engines: 2 x CAT 3516B
Maximum power: 2 x 1.825 kW
Propellers: Fixed Pitch propellers
Generators: 2 x 230 kW Northern Light 1×155 kW North. Light
Thruster: Naiad, 200 kW
Stabilizing System: Naiad, Four 3.54 sq/m fins – Zero Speed
Via Cibrario, 1 H
I – 16154 Genova
Tel. +39 010 8991100
(Tankoa 72m Solo, sublime synthesis – Barchemagazine.com Marzo 2019)