You never know what you’re going to get when you step on board a Tankoa yacht. It’s like going to the cinema to watch a movie that you haven’t seen the trailer for – it could go either way. One thing’s for sure with the Italian shipyard: it will build a superyacht exactly how it sees fit and fill it with whatever the owner desires. So naturally, the 72-metre Solo has both a tropical fish tank and a bio-ethanol fireplace – yes, that’s real fire, on board a superyacht.
We spent the morning with Solo at the Monaco Yacht Show, where she certainly stood out from the 200 other yachts berthed stern-to in Port Hercules. Designed by the man of the moment, Francesco Paszkowski, Solo, like Suerte before her, has a masculine shape. Her lines are bold and confident. Subtle curves can be found in the white superstructure, but it’s sharp edges and 90 degree angles the rest of the way. Militaristic is a good description, made all the more naval by the battleship grey hull.
This remarkable hull was created by Professor Ruggiero, whose ultra efficient design allows the 1,600 gross tonne vessel to cut through the water at up to 17.5 knots.
Her efficiency is even more impressive, as at 10 knots, with one generator running, she burns a total of 195 litres per hour, providing a colossal range of 7,000 nautical miles. At a cruise speed of 15.7 knots, she still only burns 570 litres per hour, giving her a range of over 4,000 nautical miles with a 10 per cent margin and at her full speed of 17.5 knots, she still can travel over 3,000 nautical miles with a 10 percent margin.
Design maestros: Solo’s lines were penned by Francesco Paszkowski, with Margherita Casprini taking care of the inside styling.
Solo also happens to be super green, making the most of her twin Caterpillar 3516B main engines. These are equipped with Eco Spray SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) systems, which significantly reduce emissions. HUG Engineering ‘Nauticlean’ marine soot burners eliminate the usual nasty black smoke stains, and a CO2 monitoring system allows the captain to constantly find the sweet spot in terms of speed, to reduce emissions to the minimum.
Far from her rebellious nature, Solo comes with an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) manual, strategically located fuel tanks that limit the possibility of fuel leaks in case of a lateral collision and, just to top off the guests’ comfort, the big Tankoa is fitted with two independent stabiliser packs that power the superyacht’s four zero-speed fins.
“The interior design was released in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, to perfectly reflect the wishes of the owner,” explained Paszkowski. “Dark and light shades have been carefully balanced to complement each other and a discreet colour palette chosen for the soft furnishings. Both materials and finishes are combined with painstaking attention to detail and Italian-made top brand names.” This, in one quote, describes Solo’s interior perfectly. As soon as you step inside, your world goes dark. We’re so use to experiencing the industry’s buzzwords of ‘flooded with natural light!’ that we’ve forgotten just how good a subtle, low-light interior can be.
Entering Solo is like walking out of the sun into a gentlemen’s club; here, Casprini (who heads up all aspects of Paszkowski interior designs on a consultancy basis) has, at the request of the owner, used natural materials assembled in a way that the décor offers great balance and modernity, while also being timeless and understated.
Solo’s main woods consist of high gloss Macassar ebony, custom tinted grey oak and black oak. Look up and you find ceilings of brushed aluminium, tinted grey oak and nubuck. Stonework is Forest Black Antique marble from France, Cappuccino marble from Rajasthan, Striato Elegante Honed marble from India, and Pure White Onyx from Mexico. There are also numerous materials sourced from unorthodox places. For example, the stairwell oak is sourced from a 300-year-old farm in Norway and the sauna wood came all the way from a medieval castle in Finland. It’s a surreal ambience, made all the more dreamlike by the inclusion of the tropical fish tank and that bio-ethanol fireplace.
Solo has accommodation for 12 guests in six cabins, plus a VIP suite and four doubles (two of them convertible into twins) all located on the main deck to ensure total quietness. The owner gets his own suite on his huge and very private deck. Here, the master bedroom has the advantage of 180 degree glazing, plus an overhead skylight and direct access to two intimate outdoor terraces, shaded sun pads and a Bisazza mosaic-tiled, glass-walled Jacuzzi.
The suite is completely separate from the rest of Solo’s guests and thanks to a 4.5 tonne-certified, touch and go helideck, the owner can arrive in style in an Augusta 109.
“Internally, Solo has been a true challenge. Since the inception of the project we clearly expressed our will to produce and deliver a boat that could compete head-to-head with the world’s best builders, mostly from Holland and Germany,” commented Tankoa’s Sales & Marketing Director Michel Karsenti. “This ambition was impressed on all our engineers, craftsmen and project managers almost every single day during the construction. No board meetings ended up without the reminder of how important it was to position Tankoa as the highest quality builder in Italy.”
Having spent hours on board, experiencing Solo’s delights, such as her winter garden and the beach club with its gym, sauna and hamman, the simple conclusion is that Tankoa’s Solo is a world-class superyacht by any standards.
TANKOA SOLO SPECIFICATIONS
Length overall: 72 m
Beam: 11.6 m
Draught: 3.3 m
Gross tonnage: 1600GT
Max speed: 17.5 kn
Cruise speed: 15 kn
Fuel cap: 162,000 ltr
Range @16kn: 3000nm
Range @12.5kn: 6000nm
Builder: Tankoa, Ponente, Italy