Tankoa Yachts has just announced they are constructing two 164 foot/50 metre aluminium superyachts based on their S501 project which was revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show last year which boasts an elegant, crisp exterior design by Francesco Paszkowski. Tankoa began the construction of Hull #5 and Hull #6 in the first week of May at their metal work facility in La Spezia. The yachts are being built on speculation following the success of their S501 sistership Vertige which was delivered in 2017 and has capably handled over 20 weeks of charter to date.
Tankoa General Manager Edoardo Ratto explained that, “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. Many owners are not interested in the first 6-8 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.”
Hull #5 will be based closely on her S501 sistership Vertige with a similar striking exterior design and naval architectural platform. She will be powered by a conventional diesel engine and like Vertige she is expected to offer a generous owner’s suite on the main deck with two fold-down balconies, a beach club and a side-loading tender garage tucked out of the way to maximise guest space.
Although many details have yet to be finalised and Tankoa plans to tailor each hull to her future owners’ exact needs and desires, Hull #6 is also expected to have a broadly similar layout and sleek exterior lines to those found on both Vertige and Hull #5. The main point of difference, though, is the propulsion system which will be based on Tankoa’s hybrid-powered S502 Elettra and offers tremendous flexibility thanks to four propulsion modes: diesel electric, full electric, traditional diesel and full speed mode.
The S502 Elettra was also started on spec and is scheduled to launch in February 2019, while Hull #5 and Hull #6 will be ready for delivery to their new owners by the summer of 2020.