Guido Orsi, formerly owner of the Baglietto brand, set up Tankoa Yachts SpA in 2008. Francesco Paszkowski was brought in to design two 65m steel hulls, C101 and C102. Hull C101 was constructed for a confirmed client by the Cesis yard in Carrara and C102 by GMG in Genoa before being transported to the Tankoa shipyard for fitting out. The C101 project stalled, however, when the client sadly passed away. As the financial crisis took hold, work on C102 was also sidelined as the yard shifted attention to refit and commercial activities.

In early 2014 a LOI was signed between the shipyard and Yacht-Ology, the yachting consultancy agency owned by Michel Karsenti, and C101 was sold in March to a Russian client. The hull number was changed to S693 to reflect its new overall length of 69.3m, over four metres having been added to the stern section to provide for a large beach club area. Francesco Paszkowski was engaged to revise the exterior and interior design, and the GA where possible, to suit the new owner’s preferences.

“The owner had sold his 50m Trinity and was looking to build a bigger yacht, but wasn’t prepared to pay Dutch or German prices,” says Michel Karsenti. “I got talking with Tankoa about their pre-existing hull at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, but told them the design would have to be revised. They said that if I had a client, they were willing to do it.”

The exterior styling of the aluminium superstructure from amidships forward has remained largely unchanged, but a crow’s nest serviced by its own elevator has been added in front of the mast. The glazing on the main, upper and sun decks aft has been raked to present a more streamlined profile. The aforementioned addition to the stern provides room for a beach club with sauna, hamman, massage room, salon and bar with fold–down balconies at water level on either side and a glass entrance overlooking the swim platform. A glass-walled winter garden has been retained on the main deck with an interior staircase leading down to the beach club. The bridge deck has a touch-and-go helipad, a large pool with wet bar and a gym.

Euro Contenti. Michel Karsenti, Guido Orsi Jr.
and Edoardo Ratto (L-R) (image credit: Justin Ratcliffe)

With naval architecture by Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero, the hull had originally been tank tested at the Schiffsbautechnische Versuchsanstadt facility in Vienna. The new design was re-tested and thanks to the longer waterline length the top speed has increased by around half a knot to 16.5 knots while burning less fuel at an economical 12.5 knots for a range of over 5,000nm. The major engine room equipment was already installed and 70 per cent of the piping completed, but as the CAT 3516 main engines were selected for their relative simplicity, reliability and ease of servicing, Karsenti points out that this does mean the technical specs are outdated.

Karsenti also has clients interested in the sister hull. One is looking at a similar extension to the stern section, but another is considering adding five metres to the hull amidships for an overall length of around 75m. Further Tankoa projects designed by Paszkowski working in conjunction with Yacht-Ology, based on semi-custom platforms from 47/50m to 80/90m, will be presented later this year.

Tankoa was set up as a self-financed shipyard with a management team of experienced yacht builders, including Edoardo Ratto, formerly GM at Baglietto and Euro Contenti, who has worked for Picchiotti, Benetti, Codecasa and Nuovi Cantiere Pietra Ligure. To augment its refit services, in 2012 the yard acquired the 91m, 4,000-ton capacity submersible barge Karsal and one of its first jobs was to transport 70m Grace E to the Picchiotti yard in La Spezia. Last summer the seabed in front of the 240m reinforced concrete dock was dredged to increase available draft to 5.5m.

S693 is scheduled for delivery to her owner in mid-July 2015 and we intend following the build as it progresses.

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