The announcement comes after a series of significant launches and new orders for the Genoa-based yard. 70m Suerte was launched in July 2015, followed by 50m Vertige in May 2017. Hull S701 (as yet unnamed and confidential) is due to make her debut at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show. And S502, the new 50m-hybrid Elettra project, is in build with delivery slated for spring 2019.
The sophisticated design and engineering of S801, destined to become the flagship of the Tankoa fleet, is now approaching completion. Once finalised, it will provide the platform for the brand’s megayacht range from 80-88m.
The restyled Tankoa S801 is based on an 80m technical platform with a 13.5m beam and a volume of approximately 2,600GT. The first section of the main deck will be full beam in order to provide the maximum interior volume for a yacht of her size.
The layout has been developed on five deck levels, including the sundeck. The main deck features an enormous salon with 5 VIP suites with ensuite facilities located forward to ensure optimal acoustic comfort. The extensive owner’s apartment occupies the forward section of the upper deck and comprises the master stateroom with two walk-in wardrobes, a palatial bathroom, massage parlour, private sauna and personal studio.
This is just a taste of the general arrangement of the S801, as naturally the shipyard is at the disposable of individual owners to customise the layout according to his or her wishes.
Inspiration for the exterior styling, which appears to float between the sea and sky like sails in the wind, came to Francesco Paszkowski after seeing the Amerigo Vespucci, one of the most famous tall ships afloat. In fact, the various deck levels appear suspended, breaking up the superstructure and giving the impression of airiness and lightness rare for a yacht of this size and volume.
With S801’s high-tensile steel hull and superstructure of aluminium and other lightweight alloys, Tankoa Yachts is setting out on a trajectory to develop a yacht that will be among the most innovative projects of its kind in terms of aesthetics, construction and technology. The engineering design, onboard systems and other technical specifications are entering the final stages.
“From the early stages of the project, the plan was to introduce a different approach to the market,” says Michel Karsenti, Tankoa Sales Director. “In recent times we’ve seen a number of yacht designs that followed popular trends, only to look obsolete after just a couple of years. This project is very different. Our aim is to create something radically new based on the elegant design language of a classic sailing ship. The result will certainly be exciting but also timeless – an important consideration for any discerning owner looking to maximise the resale value of a valuable investment.”