Touring Tankoa’s 72m/236ft SOLO at the Monaco Yacht Show, the team at YachtCharterFleet got up close and personal with this award-winning charter yacht to discover what makes her so truly unique.
After a grand unveiling in Monaco’s Port Hercules in 2018, SOLO has continued to make waves with her show-stopping interiors, veritable eco-credentials and extensive selection of on-board amenities.
Born out of the desire to break new ground in eco-friendly yachting, Tankoa designed SOLO to be their most fuel-efficient and low-emission superyacht yet. Such a modern and environmentally-conscious approach ultimately paid off as the yacht has picked up a series of awards since being delivered.
The exterior of superyacht SOLO comes courtesy of revered design firm Francesco Paszkowski, in conjunction with naval architecture by Studio Ruggiero. Melding form with function, the sharp lines and deft curves have created a profile which is symbolic of the yacht’s outstanding efficiency.
Exuding breathtaking elegance and sophistication, SOLO is well-suited to the discerning superyacht charter guest. Francesco Paszkowski has collaborated with interior designer Margherita Casprini to create a timeless and opulent on-board energy which is gently balanced by warmth and comfort, from the exterior deck areas to the interior guest living areas.
Stepping onto the main deck aft, guests are greeted by an alfresco living space complete with a six-metre infinity pool and chic seating area.
The innovative design choices on board SOLO begin here, with sliding doors into the interior located to port, rather than positioned centrally - a setup that enhances the privacy of the exterior deck. As guests step indoors and discover the main salon and winter garden-style social area, they are given their first glimpse of the awe-inspiring interior.
The winter garden is located aft, and volunteers a crescent of sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and black forest marble flooring which subtly contrasts with a backlit bar composed of solid white onyx.
The space functions as a relaxation area or a simple extension of the main salon, which can be found forward.
SOLO’s main salon has a glossy, polished finish which is achieved through faintly-veined cappuccino marble.
Invitingly laid-out, SOLO’s main salon has a glossy, polished finish which is achieved through faintly-veined cappuccino marble and wooden surfaces brushed with satin-finish Macassar ebony. However, the cold surfaces are smoothly countered by soft textures and homely furnishings.
While suitably spacious, the salon manages to retain a level of intimacy thanks to the home cinema screen and excess of plush seating, from the deep corner sofa to the teal-blue Fendi Casa accent chairs. The inky black of the walls is accentuated by jets of lights, while geometric sculptures balanced on the bookshelves add complexity and dimension to the space.
Providing the perfect setting for dignified meals, a formal dining area is situated further forward. The set-up features a custom-built glass table, complete with a gold-encrusted centrepiece, as well as an impressive aquarium stretching out across the beam of the yacht.
Flanked by huge windows, the dining area is bathed in natural light during the day, with an overhead light fixture composed of tiny mirrored tiles illuminating the scene by night.
Embracing comfort and conviviality, the upper deck salon provides an attractive alternative to the main salon. Vast sofas, rows of backlit books and a 90-inch 4K OLED television above an electric fireplace designates this as the relaxation pad.
Guests can sink into the sumptuous sofas and enjoy movie nights at sea, or indulge in a game of chess around the carved marble slab which forms the coffee table.
Vast sofa and rows of backlit books designates this as the relaxation pad.
Ensuring this space can also serve as a party hub, the upper deck salon is adjoined by a bar area aft which features the same ivory backlighting and sculpted chrome stools as the winter garden set-up below. A quirky baby grand piano stands adjacent, adding an extra level of luxury to the room.
Setting SOLO apart from many other charter yachts of a similar size is her Owner's apartment, which is located on the flydeck and provides a private haven away from the rest of the guest accommodation.
Principal charterers can expect to enjoy the finest in luxury living, from an expansive suite, study and relaxation room to a private portion of deck complete with an oversized dip pool and selection of lounging spots.
An island bed sits in the centre of the room, flanked by two curved corner sofas and a television screen superbly integrated into a drop-down panel on the ceiling.
Paszkowski and Casprini have opted for more minimalistic themes in the owner’s suite to ensure attention is not distracted from the vistas provided by the 180-degree glazing This excess of glass, both in the walls and skylights overhead, allows light and air to bathe the room, leaving the charterer feeling connected with the world outside.
Primed for any on-board business that needs to take place, a study adjoins the suite directly aft, with a lofty dressing room and en suite located to starboard. Port-side, there is a relaxation room where the principal charter guests can retreat for a moment of peace and tranquility after a long day on the water.
Setting SOLO apart is her Owner's apartment, which provides a private haven away from the rest of the guest accommodation.
Adding to the motor yacht’s appeal, this relaxation room can be transformed into an additional cabin for surplus guests. It enjoys an adjoining bathroom, and is ideal for children as it allows parents to sleep in close proximity to them.
The principal charter guests can make full use out of their private deck forward, which enjoys exclusive access to a dip pool and sunning area where they can top up their tan. What's more, this area is completely private and concealed from anyone else on board.
This outdoor area is completely private and concealed from anyone else on board.
All situated on the main deck, the remaining five cabins on board SOLO are each finished in a similarly refreshing style with tall windows to allow for premium views. Made up of two doubles, two twins and one VIP, the overall configuration lends itself nicely to groups of both families and friends.
The VIP cabin is positioned furthest forward, and it has adopted an L-shaped layout to maximise space and create a fluid living arrangement. A homely feeling is achieved through artworks on the wall and soft champagne-coloured suede coating the floor and a portion of the wall.
A leather stool stands at the foot of the bed, while gleaming, dark-hued walls and mirrored ceiling panels replicate the same dramatic effect of the main salon.
Finally, the double and twin cabins embody an enlivening blend of silver tones contrasted by almond-coloured accents.
Dedicated ensuite facilities feature a monochromatic colour palette, and television screens artfully ingrained into the walls ensure that guests can kick back at the end of the day and enjoy some light entertainment from the comfort and privacy of their cabin.
For additional staff such as nannies or bodyguards, a beauty room on the upper deck can be transformed into a cabin, proving once again that SOLO is a charter yacht which places emphasis on convenience and flexibility.
Relaxation & Wellness
Located at sea level on the lower deck aft, SOLO volunteers an inviting selection of wellness facilities. Guests can unwind in the Hamman, which is clad in Calacatta marble imported from Tuscany, or retreat to the sauna, which boasts reclaimed wood salvaged from a medieval castle in Finland.
Ensuring guests can keep up with their fitness regimes while chartering, a gym encased in glass can also be found here, complete with a chilled shower and fold-out balconies that allow guests to work out just inches away from the water.
No doubt one of the stand-out features aboard SOLO is her state-of-the-art beach club. Connecting to an expansive swim platform, this cool hideout is a refreshing take on the traditional beach club, with a more elegant energy enhanced by contemporary fixtures such as mirrored ceiling panels.
This cool hideout is a refreshing take on the traditional beach club.
A wide corner sofa dominates the room, opposite an indented recess which hosts a widescreen television. Since the space benefits from unobstructed views over the water, the beach club can be enjoyed by the entire charter party whether they wish to lounge on the sofa or take a dip in the ocean.
Highly Technologically Advanced with Low Fuel Consumption
Although SOLO grabs attention with her many alluring leisure facilities, she is in fact a highly technologically advanced superyacht. While underway, the motor yacht is perfectly silent and devoid of vibrations, ensuring a truly peaceful yacht charter experience. What’s more, she employs pioneering methods to increase fuel efficiency, while still maintaining incredibly high levels of performance.
When it comes to outdoor living, SOLO excels with a stellar range of exterior deck spaces prepped for every type of occasion.
Crowning the motor yacht, the sun deck provides a truly tranquil setting for guests looking to steal a moment’s respite. Glass bulwarks run the perimeters of the deck, allowing unrivalled views over the surrounds, while a seating area and long stretches of sun pads allow guests to get comfortable and gaze up at a star-choked sky come nightfall.
Increasing the on-board comfort of her guests, SOLO is equipped with specialised soot burners to ensure charter guests can enjoy the exterior aft decks and beach club area in a smoke-free environment.
Sun-worshippers and socialites alike will find the fly deck well-suited to their needs, as it is equipped with a sumptuous spread of sunpads and sofas that have managed to maintain the same understated sophistication of the yacht’s interior spaces.
A Jacuzzi sits the midst of the space, opposite a well-appointed wet bar which can serve guests in the jacuzzi or function independently. Forward, the helipad acts as additional seating area, with a laid-back assortment of sofas and coffee tables.
While it is sure to be the hub of outdoor living during the day, the fly deck is equally well-suited to entertaining into the evenings. As the night sets in, the space is transformed by discreet, atmospheric lighting, creating an ebullient ambiance that will complement any type of social scene.
A comfortable seating area located forward supplies the perfect backdrop for cocktails and conversation with the rest of the charter party.
SOLO's seemingly-endless list of alfresco areas continues with an intimate seating area on the foredeck. Forward of the wheelhouse, two parallel sofas are laid out around a pair of circular coffee tables, thus producing an excellent space for enjoying a sundowner.
During the day, guests can retreat here for some tranquility; optional shading can be arranged overhead, making this space truly multifaceted.
This is an excellent space for enjoying a sundowner, making this space truly multifaceted.
Meanwhile, alfresco dining can be found on the upper deck aft. The dining set-up offers increased privacy and shading, without compromising panoramic views over the scenery floating past.
What’s more, the area benefits from a selection of seating areas that make the perfect backdrop to after-dinner aperitifs. Twin wraparound sofas are situated aft, while a charming pair of cocktail tables are positioned forward.
The symmetrical lay-out of this entire area has given a sense of harmony to the space, which is redolent of the rest of the yacht
Arguably one of SOLO's most enticing outdoor areas, the main deck aft offers a sleek, six-metre infinity pool, bordered by a block of sunpads where guests can lie back in the sun.
Thanks to the sun pads acting as a partition, guests can continue to use the pool in privacy while the yacht is at port, demonstrating yet another considerate design choice.
The main deck aft offers a sleek, six-metre infinity pool, bordered by a block of sunpads.
A few steps lead up from the pool into a casual seating area, which easily rivals the indoor areas as a social hang-out where guests can get together, sip drinks and enjoy each other’s company.
This well-configured space is highly adaptive, allowing guests to use it during the day or into the evening. Its size allows for optimum intimacy, balanced by plenty of seating that ensures it can be enjoyed by everyone.
This well-configured space is highly adaptive, allowing guests to use it during the day or into the evening.
Those who wish to make the most out of the water will be pleased to find the superyacht is well-equipped for fun-lovers, as she has access to a stand-out range of cutting-edge water toys and accessories. Among the highlights of her repertoire are Jetsurfs, Waverunners, Seabobs and Wakeboards.
For those looking for a more leisurely experience, an inflatable trampoline and floating pool are on hand, as well as a selection of scuba-diving and snorkelling equipment for exploring the inviting waters of her cruising grounds.
The superyacht is well-equipped for fun-lovers, as she has access to a stand-out range of cutting-edge water toys.
Topping off her collection, her tender garage is also home to two Dariel 7.5m tenders, which have been custom designed specifically for SOLO. This level of customisation has ensured that charter guests can arrive and disembark the superyacht in complete comfort and style.
Playing the perfect host for all types of yacht charter vacation, SOLO is one of the stand-out superyachts of the international charter fleet.
In order to find out more information about chartering SOLO, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
Francesco Paszkowski Design
|Gross Tonnage1600 GT|
|Max Speed17.5 knots|
|Cruising Speed15 knots|
|Range 3,000 nm|
|Range at 17.5 Knots|