Tankoa tees up T55

Genoese builder Tankoa will start construction of its new Sportiva range after selling its first sub-500GT, 55-metre T55.

03 February 2022


Italian superyacht builder Tankoa has started 2022 with a bang as the yard announces the sale of its first 55-metre Sportiva T55 yacht. What makes it even more impressive is that the Linea Sportiva – which currently comprises three models under development from 45 to 65 metres – was only unveiled six months ago to a digital audience during a live Zoom event.

Designed by Luca Dini, the all-aluminium T55 draws on the current trend for extended aft ends that not only create space for the ever-popular interior beach club but also allow for prodigious deck space right on the water, often with a pool as a centrepiece. The T55 Sportiva embraces this trend but takes it a step further, with design features that include a waterline window in the beach club zone for spectacular views out.

“We believed in this new project right from the start,” says Giuseppe Mazza, Sales and Marketing Manager at Tankoa. “In addition to the beautiful external lines, the Sportiva 55 has some design solutions never before seen in a yacht in her class, such as the large window with an ‘under and over the water’ view located in the fitness room adjacent to the beach club. Thanks to his experience and skill, Luca Dini has managed to integrate all the best features into a 55-metre yacht while remaining under 500GT.”


The T55’s sleek profile and extended stern create an enticing space for guests, with the main deck merging seamlessly with the lower pool terrace that leads to a spa zone – and that waterline window – on the lower deck.

The yacht offers five ensuite guest cabins on the lower deck, and a generous main deck master that gets its own indoor-outdoor spa pool thanks to circular glass doors that either shut out the elements or create a private spa pool terrace to starboard. The bridge deck, the yard says, has also been designed for use as an open-air cinema at anchor.

The news comes after a hot year for the Genoa-based yard – Tankoa sold three yachts during 2021 including the fifth in the 50-metre S501 series, and the first each of the 58-metre T580 and 45-metre T450 – and a hot first few years of operations since the yard delivered its first yacht, the 69.4 metre Suerte, in 2015.

“This new sale confirms the validity of our commercial strategy,” offers Tankoa’s President, Eva Orsi. “What’s more, it also gives continuity to our order portfolio and will allow us to continue investing in infrastructure, research and innovation.

“With the current market situation, we’re looking to 2022 with great confidence and awareness that the Tankoa brand is a rising start in luxury yachting.”

The yard clearly has further ambitions too, and early in 2021 had announced its intention to acquire the venerable Cantieri di Pisa facilities – which had been lying dormant since being auctioned off by Mondomarine in 2018 – with the stated intention of building 30- to 45-metre semi-displacement yachts. Although the Cantieri di Pisa acquisition subsequently fell by the wayside, the arrival of the Sportiva range and the sale of the first model will do nothing to dampen the surge of interest in this nascent Italian superstar builder.


For more on the Sportiva range, visit Tankoa Yachts

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