When a repeat client commissions a larger yacht, sometimes that larger yacht is just larger. Certainly, some more advanced technology is aboard, due to the time between the first and second yachts’ planning stages. But, the primary goal tends to be more space, to entertain and relax more. The owner of Solo, delivered by Tankoa Yachts, breaks with this tradition. To be clear, his 236-footer (72-meter) does take advantage of more length and volume. Simultaneously, Solo takes efficiency to a higher level.
Solo, a.k.a. Tankoa S701, comes three years after her owner took delivery of Suerte from Tankoa. This 227-footer (69.3-meter) redefined designing a megayacht for charter. For example, guests entered a bar-equipped lounge, rather than a traditional saloon, inside the aft-deck doors. Similarly, the lounge had stairs leading directly down to the beach club. Solo still shines in the comfort department. But her technical elements put everything else into perspective.
For instance, Solo earned RINA’s voluntary Green Plus notation. While Suerte did, too, Solo employs emission-reducing systems from a company called Ecospray. Ecospray guarantees its catalytic technology reduces up to 98 percent of nitrous-oxide emissions. In addition, Tankoa equipped the megayacht with a carbon-dioxide monitoring system. This lets the captain learn what speeds produce fewer emissions. Furthermore, Tankoa built the yacht in compliance with a MARPOL rule governing fuel-spill prevention from oil tankers. In case of a side collision, Solo’s fuel tanks sit at a distance from the hull sides equivalent to one-fifth the yacht’s beam. (Beam is 38 feet/11.6 meters.)
Knowing her environmental and efficiency priorities, guests will better enjoy the well-thought-out spaces wherever they cruise. (Solo sees a reported range of 3,000 nautical miles at her top end of 17½ knots. Plus, she reportedly achieves 7,000 nautical miles, burning just 51 gph/195 lph, at 10 knots with one genset running.) Surely guests will spend a good amount of time in the “winter garden,” or aft lounge on the main deck. Marble soles and picture windows characterize the area. Thanks to Margherita Casprini and Francesco Paszkowski Design, striking stonework, leathers, oak stained in grey and black, as well as high-gloss Macassar ebony accents all set a warm, welcoming ambiance here and throughout.
Similar to Suerte, Solo has stairs leading from the winter garden down to the beach club. But, just as Suerte broke with tradition, Solo eschews the typical beach-club arrangement. It’s not a full-beam area. And, it is no less inviting. A settee invites guests to relax a while after grabbing a drink from the bar (fronted with backlit onyx). Guests can then step out onto the fold-down terrace, watch their favorite TV programs, or opt for treatments in the adjacent spa. The spa features its own fold-down terrace, along with hammam, a sauna, and a chilled shower, the latter for a rejuvenating experience.
To ensure her owner wakes up feeling invigorated, Solo wraps picture windows around the master suite on the main deck. A cozy breakfast area sits outside, in a private alfresco area, which additionally has two balconies. Should business matters press, though, the suite includes a study/media room. It can convert into an extra cabin if necessary.
A hair salon/massage room on the upper deck converts similarly. Under normal circumstances, Solo will cruise with 12 guests maximum. From the VIP suite to the four double cabins, each guest gets quite the view, since the staterooms all sit on the main deck. Take a look, plus enjoy other glimpses of Solo, in our gallery below.