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Tankoa signs contract for new T560 Apache

28 September 2023 • Written by Holly Overton

Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts has announced the sale of a new 56-metre custom superyacht model, known as the T560 Apache. 

The 56-metre superyacht was sold by Fraser and commissioned by first-time owners, a young American couple, following discussions with the shipyard at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The model is a smaller iteration of the 76-metre T760 Apache designed by Alberto Mancini and was first revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2021.

As first-time buyers, 72 metres felt too ambitious as an entry to the yachting world. The challenge for the shipyard and studio, therefore, was to condense the amenities and profile of the T760 Apache into a smaller footprint. “The tricky part was to maximise internal space with minimal compromises, to create a beach-style, home-away-from-home retreat with expansive external spaces and without the formality that is sometimes found on yachts of this size,” said Claudio Corvino, sales and business development manager at Tankoa. “The result is an incredible yacht with incredible spaces."

The model features four decks – not including the observation deck beneath the mast – with an atypical layout. All the guest cabins are confined to the main deck, leaving space for a gym and spa area. It also allows for a large stepped aft deck which extends to 90 square meters in total thanks to fold-down bulwarks, with a saltwater pool as the focal point of the stern. Slanted, smoked glass sliding doors offer an additional space that services this open-air beach club.

A second 5.5-metre freshwater pool option is found on the owner's deck forward, alongside a firepit and sun lounge with direct access from an asymmetric owner's suite that occupies 50 square metres of the upper deck.

"The client didn't want anything too formal," Corvino added, which underpinned the design of the T560 Apache. One key element is that the main dining area is on the bridge deck aft, with a more casual, convertible dining area found in the main saloon that can be used as an extension of the lounge space.

Tender storage is found on the main deck with double openings for the launch and recovery of the main and rescue tenders and Jet Skis. According to Corvino, the client, having chartered vessels, also understood the importance of giving the crew a large space in which to work. As a result, the forward portion of the main deck is for crew accommodation with a dedicated crew gym in the tank deck.

The T560 will be built with traditional propulsion but the shipyard plans to offer the model as a series with the option to integrate a hybrid system. It is anticipated to have a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 4,300 nautical miles.

The model was sold by J.D. Crawford of Fraser USA and the brokerage will oversee the construction, which will begin soon.

Currently under construction at Tankoa is a 58 metre, two 55-metres, one 56-metre, one 52-metre and three 45 metres. The shipyard also confirmed that Tankoa was scouting a new home in Italy.

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