Italian yard Tankoa Yachts has announced the launch of the 49.9-metre superyacht Bintador at their shipyard in Genoa. Based on a similar design to the first in Tankoa's 50-metre series, Vertige, which first hit the water back in 2017, this Tankoa S501 hybrid superyacht - previously named S502 Elettra - will undergo fit out, dock trials and intensive sea trials before being delivered to her European owner in time for her official debut at this year's Monaco Yacht Show.Photo: Tankoa YachtsThe all aluminium-superyacht Bintador features interiors by the Italian studio Francesco Paszkowski Design in collaboration with Magherita Casprini which are characterised by light, modern tones and utilise a wealth of natural materials. The exterior design of the vessel also comes from the drawing boards of Francesco Paszkowski.Photo: Tankoa YachtsPhoto: Tankoa YachtsIn terms of amenities, S501 Hybrid’s lower deck is equipped with a gym and beach club, with guests accommodated across four cabins: two VIP cabins with king-sized beds, two twin cabins and crew quarters are also found on the lower deck. Unlike Vertige which has six cabins, Bintador has a five cabin layout, with the owner's suite located on the main deck. Photo: Tankoa Yachts
Other distinguishing features between Bintador and her predecessorVertige include the hybrid propulsion package which powers the vessel, the location of the galley on the main deck instead of the lower deck, the presence of a touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck, and the close development of the project with her future owner. Photo: Justin Ratcliffe / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Justin Ratcliffe / SuperYacht TimesOn the technical side, superyacht Bintador is powered by twin MTU 8V4000M54 (895 kW) engines and two 300 kW electric motors fed by two 250 kW variable speed generators, with various propulsion modes available.
Firstly, in DEM mode (Diesel-Electric mode) the electric motors are fed by two variable-speed generators, which allow for speeds of up to 10.5 knots and a maximum range of 4,900nm. The advantages of this mode include considerable fuel savings and reduced noise levels.
In hybrid mode, one of the two main engine shafts generates the electrical power required to run the second electric motor for propulsion and hotel needs. The yacht will have a cruising range of approximately 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots and the two diesel generators are shut down during navigation. Photo: Tankoa YachtsWhen the traditional mode is used, superyacht Bintador can sail at 16.5 knots using both main diesel engines for propulsion and a diesel generator which feeds the hotel loads. In this case, the variable speed generators self-adjust their rotation speed to the required load.
Finally, in full-speed mode, with both main engines and generators supplying power to the two electric motors and feeding the hotel loads, the yacht can reach her top speed in excess of 18 knots.