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Tankoa in-build superyacht S701 Solo nears launch date

Tankoa Yachts has announced that its new-build 72 metre yacht S701, now named Solo, is nearly complete and is on schedule for her July launch date. Solo will make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this September.

Styled inside and out by Francesco Paszkowski and with naval architecture by Studio Ruggiero, S701 follows on from the 69 metre Suerte, launched in 2015, and while the lines are reminiscent, Tankoa describes S701 as "different animal".

The Italian yacht builder has provided a full build update on Solo's progress, as well as new photos and renderings of what she will look like upon completion.

The painting of the hull has been completed and 95 per cent of the superstructure has been painted. Glass installation and the laying of the teak decking are both 90 per cent complete.

Fitting out is well underway on the interior, with the main deck cabins and VIP suites, 70 per cent finished, owner's deck 40 per cent completed, and the outfitting of the upper deck – including the wheelhouse, radio room, captain’s cabin, massage room and skylounge are 50 per cent completed.

The crew quarters, including the laundry and technical space, are also nearly done, and amenities such as the pool and Jacuzzi on the owner's deck are ready for operation.

Accommodation on board S701 is for 12 guests split across six cabins, including an owner's deck, a VIP suite, two doubles and two twin rooms. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to 18 people.

Key features include a main deck winter garden, a six-metre aft-deck swimming pool, and a large superyacht beach club, complete with hammam. The upper deck saloon will provide multiple entertainment options with a 90-inch 4K television and a baby grand piano.

Tender storage is split between the foredeck and a side-loading garage, providing room for two 7.5 metre tenders, a rescue boat and a Jet Ski.

Key differences from Suerte include an underwater exhaust, which has allowed the Tankoa Yachts team to create a more open main deck and sundeck. The transom area has been modified with a side staircase instead of the central staircase on Suerte, and the hull has been fitted with longer skegs. These changes should result in a longer waterline and a higher top speed of around 17.5 knots.

Just like its predecessor, S701's propulsion will come from a pair of 2,480hp Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines. S701 boasts an extra 200GT of interior space and her 162,000 litre fuel capacity will result in an estimated range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles when cruising at 12.5 knots.

The Italian yard began construction before the financial crisis but, after a period of hiatus, market conditions convinced them to proceed with the build on spec. Sold in December 2016, the S701 project will comply with LY3 and MCA standards.

Michel Karsenti, sales director at Tankoa Yachts, explained that S701 will be an interim yacht for the experienced owner, who plans to begin construction on a larger project called S801 after delivery.

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