Tankoa Yachts – S501 Bintador
Fifty metre “Bintador” debuted at the latest Monaco Yacht Show which is Tankoa Yachts’ second unit from this shipyard’s fortunate S501 series. “Vertige” was the first of this series to make its debut in 2017 of which a further two are already being built at the Genoa premises.
Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts unveiled the 50 metre “Bintador” to the keen audience – the second unit of the S501 series which had first witnessed the debut of “Vertige”. The series that is already busy building two further units, derives from the shipyard with Francesco Paszkowski’s collaboration who handled contemporary exteriors and dynamic looking silhouette.
But “Bintador” features a diverse set of characteristics which make it stand out from “Vertige”. These translate into a touch-and-go helipad, hybrid engines, which translate into coupling a pair of MTU 895 KW diesels with as many electric 300 KW engines fuelled by two 250 KW variable speed generator sets. The technology exploited in this way allows this 50 metre to cruise in as many as four diverse modes: traditional mode, hybrid mode, DEM and booster modes. In traditional mode the yacht cruises with both of the main diesel engines running which can propel it up to a top speed of 16.5 knots while one of the generator sets is delivering energy for ‘hotel’ use and technical services.
One of the two main engines in hybrid mode supplies the energy needed for on board lighting and more and can propel the yacht up to 12 knots at which speed it is possible to cover a range of about 4,000 nautical miles, while both generator sets are switched Off.
In diesel electric mode (DEM), both electric engines are fuelled by the two generator sets with a range of 4,900 sea miles at 10.5 knots with no noise. The booster mode is triggered off when both main engines exploit more energy from the electric ones which are fuelled via the gen. sets pushing 50 metre “Bintador” up to a top speed of 18 knots.
If low environmental impact is the dominating factor which differentiates “Bintador” from “Vertige” the owner’s contribution by way of change becomes evident when on board.
“Bintador” is the result of perfect team work between the shipyard, the owner and our studio”, claimed Francesco Paszkowski. “The owner agreed immediately to the proposals we presented after a series of preliminary meetings. On the basis of that starting point we worked closely to meet his requirements. He wanted to be involved in the entire project and follow up on the development accordingly. There’s in fact little better for a designer than to work with an expert owner since this allows us to reach final results more quickly” he added.
The owner’s requests regarding the interior and decor were handled by Francesco Paszkowski and Margarita Casprini who together came up with a modern bright decor consisting of natural materials. Principally they’re sanded brushed oak essences, marble, cut glass and leather. The colours making up the interior decor range from ivory used for ceilings to sandy ones dedicated to sofas, and dove gray lining on a range of steps up to pale bronze applied to the feet of the sofas, honey hues of Botticino marble installed in the bathrooms, the stunning gold coloured strips of metal along the top sides of dressing tables and vanities just as the charcoal colour of a bean bag in the living room and the base of the coffee table situated on the main deck, bright Persian marble making up the flooring in the shower units and their tainted glass doors as well as some of the made to measure furniture while some of it comes from Minotti and Giorgetti collections.
“The owner wanted a welcoming even intimate timeless and discretely elegant atmosphere, and left what to propose entirely up to us”. Added Paszkowski.
As far as the layouts are concerned, “Bintador” has two VIP suites with King size beds and two guest cabins along the lower deck, at the stern end of which there’s a beach club with gym and wellness centre. The owner suite is placed along the main deck where special dedicated emphasis has been given to being close to the surroundings. This has been achieved by creating opening terraces on each side of the living room area and along the stern area which is furnished with “U” shaped sofas, coffee table, bar cabinet as well as extra large sun pads and more”.
“This zone looks like a raised beach club with a splendid view overlooking the sea and a private terrace forward towards the bow to starboard to be used solely by the owner” added the designer. “The vertical bow is another feature which allows two things, the first one is that this translates into a greater interior volume and secondly it engenders more space available for a tender or service boat. Finally an opening transom creates a large beach area which enhances extra space to the fully equipped beach club”. Both the upper and the fly deck have been conceived to offer ample exterior spaces dedicated to relaxation. The upper deck is comprehensive of a comfortable sky lounge, and sun bathing spot and an open air lounge in the bow area. The fly deck on the other hand sports a lovely Jacuzzi and sun bathing equipment for sun buffs.
by Daniele Carnevali