For the first time, Tankoa Yachts has showcased it’s latest project,72m M/Y Solo to the world at the Monaco Yacht Show. Designed by Francesco Paszkowski, the new project has numerous design cues that are reminiscent of Tankoa’s previous project, 69m Suerte. However, as clarified during the show, Solo holds a number of key differences which differentiate her from other vessels.
Earlier this year, Tankoa clarified its position in the market as a semi-custom builder, focusing on speculative construction. The shipyard currently has three 50m superyachts in build at the shipyard in La Spezia, which Tankoa’s general manager, Edoardo Ratto, says is representative of the shipyard’s strong financial position.
“Building on-spec represents a major investment even for a financially strong, debt-free shipyard, but it makes strategic sense by reducing the delivery time,” said Edoardo Ratto, general manager at Tankoa in June. “Many owners are not interested in the first six to eight months it takes to build the hull and superstructure, but they do want to be involved in the layout and interior décor, and in the choice of features and equipment, which can be decided when the metal work is already well advanced.”
Some of the key features which differentiate 1,600gt M/Y Solo, is the catalytic underwater exhausts, which frees up volume on all decks and also means there will be no detectible fumes or exhaust smell. There is also a new winter garden and much larger aft deck.
The pleasure the owner and his family who trusted us all along the way will have onboard, his smile when seeing his boat here ready to launch, and the dedication of our craftsmen and artisans who just put their soul into this piece of art and I want to extend my thanks to them.”
- Michel Karsenti, Tankoa
“Past the emotion of seeing the object that took us close to four years to build and hundreds of thousand hours of hard work and passion, I am thinking about three things,” says Tankoa’s sales and marketing manager Michel Karsenti: “The pleasure the owner and his family who trusted us all along the way will have onboard, his smile when seeing his boat here ready to launch, and the dedication of our craftsmen and artisans who just put their soul into this piece of art and I want to extend my thanks to them.”
The new superyacht’s build engineer and owner’s representative, Albert McIlroy adds, “I can now really feel the shipyard is truly backed up by the experience of Tankoa’s managers and technical office and the guys are raising the bar of quality and engineering yacht after yacht.
“Edoardo Ratto, the General Manager, has been deeply involved in bringing the latest technologies on board and is really giving me a hand with this,” McIlroy continues. “Even more than Tankoa’s previous projects, I feel that everything is organised and timed to stick to contractual delivery schedules. Time management and operational processes are paramount for the team here and there is no room for improvisation, despite the great deal of flexibility they provide when needed.”
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