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Superyacht of the Week: Visiting Vertige

SuperYacht of the Week
Written by
Charl van Rooy

Tankoa made a splash in 2015 with its motor yacht Suerte 69-metres of Italian design and craftsmanship with impressive volumes for the ultimate family life on board. Now, with their latest project, Tankoa has stepped it up a level by creating a sporty and aggressive 50-metre superyacht that is every bit as spacious and accommodating but with a focus on a truly seamless Mediterranean lifestyle without any compromises. This is Vertige.

Having sold the project to her French owner in February 2015, it took the Genovese shipyard exactly 24 months to have the yacht ready for launch and her owner took delivery of Vertige in May this year. She is now ready for cruising the Mediterranean for the first time ahead of being displayed on the global stage at Monaco in September later this year.

Francesco Paszkowksi experimented with a combination of playful and well-defined lines on the S501 range that gives Vertige a purposeful look and steady demeanour without seeming over the top. Her low key superstructure almost blends in with that stretched foredeck which gives the yacht a very well balanced feel.

Don’t be fooled by her sharp and speedy lines though, there is plenty of available deck space on this 499 GT superyacht. The foredeck on Vertige is one of the largest entertainment areas on board and is perfectly suited for family gatherings at any time of the day. The same counts for the main deck aft area which quickly becomes a guest-favourite at sunset from where one can watch the sun slip underneath the horizon. A three-metre-long terrace folds down on either side of the aft deck space to extend the outdoor area even further.

The sundeck, easily reachable from the main deck aft, was designed with various uses in mind. Guests looking to escape the bustling docks when in port can come up here to unwind in a bright and comfortable environment. At the same time, those looking to keep their friends and family close can enjoy everything from sun lounging, chilling by the pool, light summer lunches, or even a midnight drink under the stars here with plenty of room to spare.

The beach club area on Vertige is a real delight for those looking to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle as it is meant to be – at the water’s edge. The transom doors folds down to reveal a sunken workout area and day head. Individual staircases flank this opening on either side making it easy for guests to return to the aft decks or head back inside via the main saloon.

Margherita Casprini worked together with Paszkowski on the interior of the yacht which was designed according to the owner’s specifications as a ‘modern but warm’ environment. Raw materials and sensual textures were used to create a homelier feel, and high gloss and metal surfaces creates the contemporary atmosphere requested by the owner. The massive 12-seating dining table is another indicator of the intended family life that Vertige was built for, making her just as perfect for large charter groups.

The upper saloon is where guests can gather for a night in the cinema, with a private bar and your favourite beverage never too far away.

The master suite is a bold statement in what is possible on board today’s 50-metre range of motor yachts. The masculine-toned suite is softened by a mesmerising view that comes through the balcony on the port side. This was yet another requirement by the owner, and in terms of today’s standards, has become a standard feature on any yacht above 45 metres.

Vertige is finished with a six-cabin layout and includes an additional VIP suite and four guest staterooms on the lower deck.

Her sporty exterior has the performance credentials to match. With a top speed of 16.5 knots, Vertige can cruise undisturbed for 5,000 nm at 12 knots while maintaining ultra low noise and vibration levels on board. With her stabalisers activated, the cruising experience becomes like something from out of this world.

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