Video: Tankoa debuts superyacht Solo at Monaco Yacht Show
by Miranda Blazeby
The yard released new images of the yacht, which reached a top speed of 17 knots on her sea trials.
It revealed that, after the Monaco Yacht Show, Solo will return to Genoa for final detailing and fine-tuning before she is handed over to her owner on November 15th.
She is then due to begin her maiden voyage across the Atlantic to begin the winter season between the Caribbean, Latin America and the Bahamas.
The yacht's sea trials 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 last month in Genoa, Italy.
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 Solo 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.
The interior by FPD Studio in collaboration with Margherita Casprini are in "strong contrast" with the exterior and are described as "modern, minimalist and warm." The interior features forest black antique marble from France, Capuccino marble from Rajasthan and pure white onyx from Mexico. All the marble and much of the wood has been satin finished, with the wood highlighted with high-glass Macassar ebony.
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.
Sales and marketing director Michel Karsenti said Solo had "catapulted" Tankoa to "new heights."
"All the industry professionals who inspected her during the construction and over the past few weeks were taken aback when they understood that we truly deliver our promises. Not only is Solo an astonishing looking yacht, she is the most efficient yacht I've ever been on.
"From the total absence of vibration to her silence and performance, I am just thrilled and can't wait to see the reaction of clients during the show."
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.