A few months ago, Tankoa Yachts’ management team approached a handful of designers for fresh ideas. Luca Dini’s suggestions struck the right tone, resulting in the Tankoa Sportiva line. Combining requests from owners, brokers, and the megayacht market in general, the series includes three models. They are the Sportiva 45, 55, and 65, with 55 starting construction first.
The models measure 148, 180, and 213 feet, respectively. The three share some design features, including quite sleek profiles. They also share double-angled bows blending vertical and traditional lines and, therefore, advantages of each. According to Vincenzo Poerio, Tankoa’s CEO, the vertical section affords a bit more interior space. The flared section, he adds, affords green-water protection. Additionally, the series offers the main-deck master suites as well as wide-open stern spaces that today’s owners want.
The Tankoa Sportiva 55 particularly shows off how voluminous the aft space looks and feels, in more than one way. Dini notes that clients increasingly want aft, at-the-waterline areas free from tenders for them to use. So, between the flush-deck pool and terraced deck (below), plus loose and fixed furnishings, the full guest complement can enjoy an afternoon into an evening. (The Sportiva 55M can accommodate 10 to 12 in the owners’ party.) Glass-inset bulwarks provide protection from breezes while simultaneously avoiding closing in the area, too. Even the sunken beach club/spa, accessible from a glass door forward, enjoys natural light from a large hull window straddling the waterline (top).
Especially for owners, though, the Tankoa Sportiva 55 takes a novel approach to indoor-outdoor space. A hot tub encircled in glass sits on a private “permanent balcony,” as Dini puts it—a private alfresco area on the side deck. Slide open the glass, though, and it becomes part of the alfresco space, which is complete with a settee. On a related note, Tankoa and Dini consider the “permanent balcony” a two-level affair, since it’s in proximity to steps leading up to an observation and relaxation area.
From the possibility of having an open-air cinema on the bridge deck to an indoor-outdoor main-deck dining area, the Sportiva 55 includes a number of flexible areas, too. Featuring a steel hull, the yacht further offers hybrid propulsion or traditional diesels. Either way, best range should be 3,800 nautical miles at 12 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. For the hybrid option, however, note that guest areas shift farther aft and therefore gain direct access to the beach club/spa, since the engine compartment shifts farther forward.
While Tankoa will start the Sportiva 55 on spec soon, Poerio does say that the shipyard is in negotiations with a few clients for contracts. Details should follow soon on the 45 and 65 models, too. The smaller model is all-aluminum, while the larger employs steel and aluminum construction.
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