Why hang over the side deck staring down into the sea to view fish when you can also watch them swim in your saloon? A fish tank—and a big one, at that—is among the many features that a client will enjoy aboard the Tankoa S701 in build for him. He and Tankoa Yachts are just now revealing some of what’s in store come delivery next year.
Signed last December, the 236-foot (72-meter) megayacht has the same design team as the first Tankoa, Suerte. Francesco Paszkowski is the stylist, further serving as the interior designer with Margherita Casprini. The Tankoa S701, remaining anonymous for now, has areas you’d expect to find, like a sundeck, a tender garage, and a main saloon with a dining area (below). The 38 feet (11.6 meters) of beam lends a capacious feel. But, in keeping with current trends, so does the wall of windows to each side. The Tankoa S701 even has notches in her bulwarks adjacent to the dining area. Fitted with glass partitions (for safety when walking on deck), they extend guests’ views farther out to the surrounding anchorage. Furthermore, the dining area and saloon’s entertaining area, including a theater-like setup, occupy excellent floorspace. It’s due to the beach-club access, a dedicated stairway, being pushed aft to one side.
Speaking of the beach club, the Tankoa S701 breaks it up into a few relaxation zones. There’s a saloon-like area fully aft, with a TV and bar. Then there’s a gym with a folding platform out over the water. Yet another folding platform characterizes the sauna. Not relaxing enough? Try the hammam down here, too.
Entertainment is sure to be on order frequently aboard the Tankoa S701. The main aft deck, for example, has a nearly 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) pool and sunpads. Come nighttime, the same space turns into an alfresco cinema. Back inside, the upper saloon is a combination observation lounge and piano bar. Yes, a baby grand piano will take center stage. But, guests can alternately enjoy movies on the big TV, or relax in front of the fireplace. For big soirees, guests can first take advantage of the hair salon/massage room just forward. (If not needed, the room can convert to be a cabin for a bodyguard or other staff.) When party time is over, they simply head down to the main deck, where all four guest staterooms await.
To ensure a high level of privacy, the owner of the Tankoa S701 has a full deck to himself. When arriving via tender, he can take the elevator up to his lobby and head forward to the bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling glass yield excellent views. Part of one window is actually also a wall for a private alfresco hot tub. The bedroom has doors yielding access to this, along with sunpads along the side deck. If the weather isn’t cooperative, the owner can head aft to a TV lounge. Arriving via helicopter, he can land steps away from the lounge as well.
On an interesting related note, the Tankoa S701 will not be the owner’s only Tankoa. According to Michel Karsenti, the yard’s sales director, he’s already signaled he wants to buy S801. Therefore, S701 is really an interim megayacht for him. S801, a 262-footer (80-meter), is still in the engineering-development phases. Regardless, the owner feels confident she’ll suit him. He was particularly impressed, Karsenti adds, with Suerte booking four straight months of charter her first summer and selling shortly thereafter. Furthermore, the owner’s build engineer and on-site representative oversaw Suerte and the in-build Vertige.