Video: Tankoa superyacht Solo undergoes sea trials
by Miranda Blazeby
Tankoa Yachts' newly launched 72 metre superyacht S701 Solo has been filmed undergoing sea trials. The yacht, which is due to make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this September, reached a top speed of 17 knots.
The yard, which called the sea trials a "total success", also reported a top speed of 10.3 knots at 900 rpm and a total fuel consumption of 170 litres an hour. It comes after the yacht was launched earlier this month in Genoa, Italy. She is set to be delivered to her owner in November.
Solo is styled inside and out by Francesco Paszkowski, with interiors designed in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, and naval architecture by Studio Ruggiero. She follows on from the 69 metre Suerte, launched in 2015, and while the lines are reminiscent, Tankoa describes S701 as a "different animal".
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, Solo's propulsion comes from a pair of 2,480hp Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines. Solo boasts an extra 200GT of interior space and her 162,000 litre fuel capacity results in an estimated range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles when cruising at 12.5 knots.
Accommodation on board Solo is for 12 guests split across six cabins, including an owner's deck, a VIP suite and four doubles, two of which are convertible into twins. The private owner’s deck also includes a touch and go helideck aft while the exterior deck is equipped with its own Jacuzzi, bar, saloon, breakfast corner and day head. The owner’s apartment also features a study. 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 provides 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. Sold in December 2016, Solo complies with LY3 and MCA standards.
Tankoa's CEO, Euro Contenti, said, "We were happy to see the client so happy and excited on the dock together with his family, we are truly proud to have developed such a trustful relationship with such knowledgeable owner. Solo will be exhibited in Monaco and will surely be a show stopper."