It takes a lot of effort to replicate a super-size superyacht in a smaller size while maintaining a capacious feel. Designer Alberto Mancini has done this with the Tankoa T560 Apache yacht project, in build for American clients. They loved the volume, and especially the out-of-the-box thinking toward general arrangements. In a matter of months, the design revisions put on paper what they imagined, “with minimal compromises,” according to Tankoa.
The starting point was another Tankoa, specifically a 76-meter Apache concept design. Among the highlights were five guest staterooms on the main deck, and a master suite with private alfresco area on the upper deck. Additionally, a glass swimming pool nestles into the open-air beach club. At 249 feet and with a volume of 1,500 gross tons, however, that design was much more than what they wanted. In conversations starting at the Fort Lauderdale boat show last year, they requested a similar design with similar space and amenities, but in a smaller LOA.
The features “are more typically found on yachts larger than 1,000 gross tons,” explains Claudio Corvino, Tankoa’s sales and business development manager. “The tricky part was to maximize internal space with minimal compromises.” Simultaneously, Corvino says, the team needed “to create a beach-style home-away-from-home retreat with expansive external spaces and without the formality that is sometimes found on yachts of this size.” Clearly, they succeeded, since the owners signed a contract in August for a 184-footer (56-meter).
The Tankoa T560 Apache yacht still has all five guest staterooms on the main deck, rarely (if ever) seen in this LOA. The VIP spans the full beam, too: 33 feet (10 meters). Relocating friends and family to the main deck allows for more generous crew’s quarters below decks. It further opens up space for a wellness-centered space amidships down here. It includes a massage area, a beauty salon, a hammam, and a gym, the latter with an opening platform over the water.
Naturally, the owners have an extra-special space for themselves. The master suite is 538 square feet (50 square meters) on the upper deck. This, too, came from the larger Apache project. With panoramic views, it should be a particularly welcoming way to greet each day. The owners further will get to enjoy a private outdoor lounge with its own glass pool, 18 feet (5.5 meters) long. Chilly nights out on deck won’t last long, given a firepit within their ample 915 square feet (85 square meters) of open space.
Yet another amenity the owners liked on the bigger Apache was the comfortably casual open-air aft deck with an integrated pool. Mancini scaled the dimensions appropriately for the Tankoa T560 Apache yacht, resulting in a 13-foot-long (4-meter-long) pool and opening side platforms. When lowered, the platforms help create 969 square feet (90 square meters) of leisure and entertainment area. As a nice extra touch, Mancini designed a smoked-glass section within the transom. It lets the inside part of the beach club feel more like the outside.
Overall, from the upper saloon to the staterooms and on-deck areas, the owners will have a beachy-chic vibe. It all comes amid a still-impressive 840-gross-ton volume, too.
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More About the Tankoa T560 Apache Yacht
LOA: 183’7” (56 meters)
Beam: 32’8” (10 meters)
Draft: 9’8” (3 meters)
Guests: 12 in 6 staterooms
Engines: not available
Range: not available
Builder: Tankoa Yachts
Stylist: AM Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Tankoa Yachts
Interior Designer: AM Yacht Design