How Giorgio Cassetta designed the 45m Tankoa T450

17 August 2021· Laura Nicholls

When Tankoa’s T450 superyacht concept burst onto the scene last summer, it was apparent that the yard had taken on a new challenge. Not only is it the yard’s first concept under 50 metres, the 45-metre T450 is part of the Italian yard’s drive to branch out and produce more compact vessels of just over 400GT. The way the yard chose to do this was with the input of superyacht designer Giorgio Cassetta, who has since been able to share a unique insight into the way the design works.

With an all-new steel/aluminium hull and naval architecture by Francesco Rogantin, the 45-metre model was designed to provide flexible interior and exterior spaces to feel like a much larger vessel. As Cassetta explains: “Although we had free rein over the design, it had to be a rational yacht, comfortable both on board and visually, which would introduce new clients to the Tankoa way of building. Tankoa is a yard that works to very high standards, so these yachts are expected to be perfectly executed and there is a lot of labour needed to really craft them.”

Having been allowed a long development time for the design, Cassetta was able to carefully carve out the yacht’s refined exterior lines that were made to appear as “two brush strokes”. “She is less sporty, less aggressive than the Tankoa aluminium yachts, with hints of sleekness and some recognizable brand identity details. Also, the boat sports high 2.2-metre ceilings, which were an extra obstacle in the challenge of putting together a style that may seem simple, but forms a balance that has been refined 100 times to the very last millimetre,” explains Cassetta.

A few more of the delicate details include how the main deck cockpit is “strongly inspired by competition sailboats and their open terraces and the infinity perspective of the aft deck.” “When you look at the boat behind, the decks have a gradient effect that makes her look much bigger. There is a lot of illusion in the design, and there is no denying she looks powerful sitting on the water,” he adds.

Moving inside, and warmed by luxurious seaside-inspired materials and earthy hues, the yacht has been created with ample uninterrupted spaces that have been built for purpose. “We have intentionally removed any useless decoration and unimportant areas and features – and by doing so we have given volume to guest areas and storage.” More specifically, guests can make use of the open Portuguese deck with space for a 7-metre tender, the large and functional lazarette, six staterooms and a 65-square-metre owner’s apartment. “This yacht doesn’t need the highest number of ‘wow’ features, it is an extremely detailed, well-thought-out platform that can meet any owner’s needs,” comments Cassetta.

Thanks to the flexibility of the design, owners can also opt to place a pool on the sundeck, alongside sunbeds, a shaded dining area, a forward bar and sofa seating with a day head. The bridge deck offers al fresco dining and lounging in the largest-in-class aft exterior area, a sky lounge, and another al fresco social area on the open foredeck. Elsewhere, she features a large open-plan main deck dining room/saloon with full-height windows that can function as an open-air beach club with a glass-fronted pool at its centre, surrounded by fold-down terraces that become level with the aft platform. “You could certainly live a good life on this yacht,” concludes Cassetta.