Superyacht of the Week: the Tankoa 69.30m Suerte

Measuring 69.30 metres, the steel and aluminium superyacht Suerte was built by the Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts and completed earlier this year. Making her debut at the 2015 edition of the Monaco Yacht show, Suerte is the inaugural vessel to come out of Tankoa and has been met with considerable praise from the industry.

Her exterior lines come from the drawing board of the renowned Francesco Paszkowski, who has created a modern yacht with generous living spaces. Her interiors also come from Francesco Paszkowski, in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, who together have designed a chic yet welcoming environment.

Throughout Suerte an abundance of natural materials have been utilised - as per request of the owner - which elaborates the aforementioned warm and welcoming ambiance on board whilst still remaining contemporary. This is certainly present in the accommodation on board, with several sophisticated cabins for guests to fully enjoy.

The upper deck master suite is particularly impressive, with a capacious plush bed centred in the oval bedroom overlooking large windows, flooding the area with natural light and allowing the owner to enjoy spectacular 180 degree views both day and night. Furthermore, the owner’s suite also features a private terrace, with a large sofa and intimate Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads.

On the starboard side of the aft deck is a sofa/bed facing a flat screen TV hidden by a glass panel. This section will be used as a casual TV room but, thanks to sliding walls, it can be isolated to be turned into an extra cabin with bathroom. On port side, there is a Sushi Bar with stools and restaurant styled tables. The center aft portion of the deck is a panoramic salon with giant flat screen TV, fireplace and baby grand piano. The ceiling, here, is a masterpiece with high glass skylights installed in the bottom of the swimming pool.

The panoramic deck is shared between the all integrated glass panel wheelhouse, the captain's office and the captain's cabin. The aft part of the deck is the gym, with state of the art equipment, bathroom, and elevator to access the crow's nest as well as a rest area.

Consisting of a large VIP suite and four additional cabins, guest accommodation is located on the main deck - a welcome contrast to the usual lower deck arrangement. All cabins enjoy the presence of natural light thanks to oversized windows as opposed to the conventional portholes. Decoration is a mixture of washed teak, elegant piano black lacquered details and black marble with some touches of rich leather upholstery. The lower deck is entirely devoted to crew.

Elsewhere inside, the main saloon has been conceived as a truly family orientated space, with a comfortable U shaped sofa surmounted by a library and two deep armchairs able to fit a total of 16 people. A 4K TV measuring 88 inches means that a cosy cinema style environment has been achieved. To the front of the main deck, a stylish formal dining area is found, again comfortably seating up to 16 people. This area features floor to ceiling windows as well as a unique partition wall highlighted by a fish tank, while the fore bulkhead is a giant wine display created by Paszkowski.

Aft of the main deck a beautiful winter garden is found, entirely surrounded by glass walls offering a nice transition between outdoor and interior space and featuring a cosy bar area. Decoration of this area has been clearly inspired by Japanese houses, using a palette of greens with floor to ceiling windows and slate floors.

Outside, she boasts a wealth of The beach club is dressed in washed teak panels, while the back wall is entirely made of slate. In the center of that wall, a central staircase leads directly to the main deck and its reception area. The upper deck is equipped, in its aft section protected by the overhang of the sun deck, with a 16 person dining table, a lounge and two L-shaped sofas allowing perfect view to the sea whilst enjoying the very best of al fresco dining. The usual stainless steel balconies have been replaced by tempered glass.

The sun-deck, aft of the top deck, is another great social area for guests to enjoy, with a touch-and-go helipad. At night, the heli-deck becomes a dance floor with lights, speakers and a DJ station. Further to the front of the top deck, two sun pads as well as a five metre swimming pool are found, complete with built-in stools to enjoy drinks at the bar that ends the pool. The pool is also equipped with a waterfall flowing like a water blade from the superstructure.

Another interesting feature is the crow’s nest that has been designed on the roof where owner and guests will surely enjoy navigation. This area is accessible via an invisible ladder or using the second elevator leading there from the gym.

In her garage, Suerte houses Seabobs Cayago F7 as well as two 7.5 metre tenders for up to 12 passengers, whilst multiple jetskis are installed in the two side foredeck garages. In regards to her performance, she is powered by twin CAT 3516B of 2,480 hp each. This gives her a top speed of 16.5 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots, and boasting an impressive transatlantic range in excess of 5,000 nm at 12.5 knots.

Michel Karsenti and Yacht-Ology are the sales and marketing force at Tankoa Yachts, and commented on the success of the yard’s inaugural vessel: “This launch was very emotional for all of us. The entire design phase conducted with Francesco Paszkowski was heading towards creating a modern yacht that would still look very good in ten years down the road. Seeing her sitting perfectly in her lines gave all of us the feel of a well-achieved teamwork. Getting to such level of technical achievement with a first yacht is the living proof that an Italian yacht builder when investing wisely can compete with the world’s best shipyard.”

By Gemma Fottles

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