Tankoa Yachts | Going Vertige

“More than anything else, we deliver a superior quality product, on time and with a lot of flexibility in the process.”          – Michel Karsenti, Sales and Marketing Director at Tankoa Yachts.

In summer 2017, Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts launched and delivered its second superyacht ever, the 164 ft. / 50-meter Vertige, which was built in less than 28 months. This striking vessel was a true star at the recent Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s most prestigious boat exhibition.

Italy is not only about fashion, luxurious speedy cars, sophisticated design or great food. It has been the leading yacht-building country for years in terms of number of projects and the total length according to various studies. Until recently though, Italy was mostly considered solid for serial boat production, but that has been turned around mostly thanks to new innovative builders. One of them, Genoa-based Tankoa Yachts, applies a boutique approach of less is more, and it definitely pays off.

“We build two or three yachts at a time. Thus, we truly develop proximity with our clients,” Michel Karsenti, Sales and Marketing Director at Tankoa Yachts.

After a busy charter season in the Mediterranean, the breathtaking Vertige, named after the owner’s favorite white wine from Rhone Valley, made her official debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September and has absolutely stolen the show, no pun intended. Her gorgeous, dynamic exterior was created by famous yacht designer Francesco Paszkowski. Interiors, as per client’s request, were designed by Francesco Paszkowski in cooperation with Margherita Casprini and reflect a modern but warm atmosphere. The owner also wanted permanent visual contact with the sea, which was achieved with large floor-to-ceiling windows.

“She is a six cabin, 50m, just under the 500 gross tons volume mark and she features gigantic outdoor decks” Michel Karsenti. “Our clients are comparing us with notable Netherland shipbuilders. When it comes to luxury and design, Italy is second to none with an eye for design for over 2,000 years.”

Indeed, Vertige’s volume is enormous even for a 50-meter boat. Her interior features two main deck full beam suites, which are comfortable for the owner and useful for charter reasons, a gym, a cinema on the upper deck, a garage for the 7-meter tender, foldout hydraulic terraces in the owner’s suite and much more. A large sundeck and “beach club”, with direct access to the water, are two zones that capture guests’ attention when they are on board enjoying the sun and water.

“Her design is so perfectly balanced that it is nearly impossible to say about her, “I would have done this differently,” continues Karsenti. “She is equipped with all the latest sound reduction, AV and electronics technologies. Her interior is truly stunning.”

In terms of performance, Vertige is efficient and her sophisticated naval architecture was developed in-house by Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero. She is built entirely in aluminum light alloy, which is highly resistant to attack by seawater. The full displacement aluminum hull with vertical bow reduces both draft and fuel consumption while allowing for easy maintenance. Her range impresses. “At 11 knots [about 21 km per hour, which is quite normal for such a big yacht], she can travel up to 6,500 nautical miles [12 000 km] without refueling [her tanks are for 65 000 litres of fuel], which is also fairly unique,” Karsenti states. “At 15 knots, she can still offer a 3,800 nautical miles range. At 12 knots, with the two generators running, Vertige burns 140 liters per hour, which is about 40% less than any other yacht of similar size and volume on the market. This is a direct result of our long lasting R&D investment and intensive tank testing conducted to reduce the drag and increase the efficiency.” Last but not least, she is also equipped with Naiad zero-speed stabilisers that secure a stable and comfortable ride.

Vertige is only the second superyacht built by Tankoa after the very successful 69-meter Suerte, was launched in 2015. Being a young brand does not concern the shipyard top management that has decades of high-profile industry experience. All top management members had worked at the well-known Baglietto shipyard previously.  After it was sold, and the team felt it was too early to retire, they established a brand new facility and Tankoa Yachts was born.

Tankoa has many captivating projects to offer. The shipyard is currently building another 70-meter superyacht and surprised everyone with an exciting and bold Bolide project that has been unveiled in Monaco. Tankoa is also poised to build another 50-meter yacht with a full hybrid propulsion system.

Photography courtesy of Alberto Cocchi & Blue iProd