Published: Friday, 16 June 2017

Tankoa Yachts’ new 72m S701 is taking shape at its Genoa shipyard. The model is scheduled to be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018.

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(Images: Tankoa Yachts - S701)

The contract was signed in early December 2016 and the board of directors agreed to move ahead with various steps of construction after the LOI had been signed in mid-September.

The yacht’s superstructure fairing and the smoothing of the hull are underway. The steel anchor recesses have been installed and the build of steel stem is also in progress, while thermal and acoustic insulation of the lower and main decks is almost completed. The overhead cranes in tender garage have also been positioned.

The supporting structure for the floating floor on the lower and main decks is 70% completed, while the laying of the electric cables has begun. Garage and beach club hatches are being mounted for verification procedures. Aft main deck swimming pool and jacuzzi forward of owner’s cabin are in construction. 

S701 might look reminiscent to Tankoa S693 69m Suerte at first sight but she is a “different animal”. She is another Paszkowski design that will set the bar high for any modern-classic and timeless design.

Tankoa S701 Taking Shape

Her gross tonnage is at 1,600+GRT due to her full beam top deck and her hull is 1.7m longer than sister ship Suerte.

The main deck, while similar to Suerte in volume, has been designed differently allowing for a larger winter garden, thanks to the beach club access stairwell deported to the side. The dining room will allow full sea view as a result of the cut down bulwark now realised with glass panels.

The fore part of this deck is devoted to the four guest cabins and the VIP suite. The most noticeable change comes from the larger aft deck with its 6m transversal pool, two sun pads and twin L shaped sofas. At night, this space will be turned into an outdoor cinema with giant screen which the guests will be able to watch from the sofas or from inside the pool.

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The foredeck will be equipped with a garage for the quick release of the rescue tender and a garage for the PWC. On the under lower deck is the laundry room, pump room storages and technical space. The central tender bay will house two 7.5m luxury tenders.

The beach club, thanks to its 72m hull, offers a layout with sofa, bar, TV, oversized gym with a foldout terrace opening to the water, bathroom, a sauna, also equipped with its own foldout terrace and a hammam. 

The third deck houses from fore to aft the wheelhouse with an independent radio room, a Captain’s cabin, hair dressing/massage room that can be converted in an additional cabin for a bodyguard or an officer.

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This deck’s main volume is devoted to the observation lounge with its floor-to-ceiling side windows, 90in 4K flat LED TV screen, baby grand piano, bar and fireplace. Outside are two lounge sofas, sun pads and outdoor dining table for 14 guests.

The sky lounge deck onboard Tankoa S701 is a private owner’s deck. From the touch-and-go helideck aft where he’ll be able to arrive in style (with a 4.5-ton certification enough for an Augusta 109 for instance or most twin turbine helicopter), the owner will benefit from his own Jacuzzi, bar, saloon, outdoor breakfast corner and day head with shower.

Inside, he will enjoy his independent TV room, which is also convertible into an additional room thanks to the extra bathroom. Passed the lobby, right out of the elevator, the bedroom is equipped with a central bed surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Two side doors lead the way to side sun pads shaded by the superstructure and to the Jacuzzi with its sky shower and surrounded by additional cushions.

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The master bath can be reached passed the walk in wardrobe and see its tub installed flush to the oversized windows. A sundeck with shower, sun pad and lounge sofas can be added upon request.

According to Michel Karsenti, Sales Director at Tankoa Yachts, this construction is a three-way deal for this client as S701 is programmed to be an interim yacht. 

Since the contract has been signed, the client informed Tankoa that, his intent is to start building Tankoa’s project S801, as soon as all the technical studies are completed and the shipyard is ready to initiate construction.

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Karsenti added: “This is truly a one-of-a-kind deal. The client is familiar with Paszkowsky, knows us and knows Albert McIlroy, the build engineer/owner’s rep who was in charge of following the build of S693 Suerte as well as S501 M/Y Vertige. Having been involved in lots of North European new builds, Albert’s views on Tankoa’s capacities and commitment to build the best the Italian yachting industry can offer was a true endorsement for the buyer. The Suerte “case study” that was not only an extremely successful charter yachts having achieved a 16-weeks charter during the 2016 summer and sold right after, surely helped closing this deal.”

Client's requests were mainly to integrate in the GA a circulation plan allowing the crew to work in perfect independence, thus offering owner and guests the maximum privacy and a modern, elegant and warm décor. Both, the GA and décor will be the result of efforts by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.

The construction is followed by build engineer Albert McIlroy, the owner’s representative, who has been building a number of yachts in North Europe in the past.

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Questioned about the works onboard S701, McIlroy declared: “I can now really feel the shipyard is truly backed up by the limitless experience of Tankoa’s managers and technical office and the guys are raising the bar of quality and engineering yacht after yacht. Edoardo Ratto, the GM, is also deeply involved in bringing the latest technologies onboard and is really giving me a hand with this.

“Even more than on the two previous Tankoa’s constructions, I can feel that everything is organised and timed to stick to contractual delivery schedules. Time schedule management and operation processes are paramount for the team here and there is no room for improvisation despite the great deal of flexibility they can show when needed. As I tell my colleagues, being at Tankoa is like being in North Europe but still having the world’s best food! And rather more important, I am still amazed every day by the organisation and level of attention to details the Tankoa guys are always searching at any step of the construction process”