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Italian yard resurrects giant superyacht project

Published on July 9, 2014 by   ·   No Comments


FRANCESCO PASZKOWSKI – Photo Credit Justin Ratcliffe

Tankoa Yachts’ S693 is, as the name suggests, a 69.3 metre yacht which is currently under construction in the Tankoa yard in Genova, Italy.

Guido Orsi founded Tankoa, a self-styled boutique shipyard, in 2008. Once described by Vanity Fair as “a wealthy pint-size Italian shipbuilder with Brian Grazer hair”, Orsi has a great deal of experience in shipyards and superyacht construction.


He is the former owner of the world famous Baglietto shipyard, which his family acquired in 1994 and sold ten years later to Camuzzi Group. During this time he worked on a number of projects with designer Francesco Paszkowski who has now been brought onboard at Tankoa.

In 2008, Tankoa was commissioned to build a pair of 65 metre hulls for two separate clients.

Unfortunately both projects were shelved due to unforeseen circumstances and the hulls laid aside in the shipyard waiting for a buyer. That buyer appeared in the form of Michel Karsenti and his consultancy firm, Yacht-Ology, who are acting on behalf of an Eastern European client.

It is one of these two hulls that has been resurrected as the S693. Albeit with an extra four metres added to the stern for a beach club area – after all, what self-respecting superyacht doesn’t have a water-level beach and Spa these days?

Francesco Paszkowski, who designed the original 65 metre yachts, has been bought in to complete the S693 build.

3_5Paszkowski is an experienced designer who has collaborated with a number of superyacht manufacturers on both the interior and exterior design of yachts ranging from 30 metres to this latest project which, at 69.3 metres, is his largest superyacht to date.

When asked how he felt about the redesign, he replied, “I did it with a lot pleasure and passion because it gave me the possibility to revise and upgrade some parts of the project that were to be revised to be more in line with today’s market trends.”


Part of this revision is the stern extension which will contain the magnificent oversized beach club equipped with saloon, large TV screen, bar, day head, shower, massage room, sauna, and hammam, the last two with direct access to the sea thanks to their fold-out terraces.

Paszkowski continued, “I believe that the work methods at Tankoa can be compared with the one of most other yards. What I felt, though, is that with each person of their team, there is a profound wish to produce high quality work with personal implication and direct attention to every single detail.

And I must confess this is something I only found, to that extent, with some highly experienced foreign builders.”

The S693 will be a very stylish yacht when she’s completed. The usual stainless steel balconies have been replaced by tempered glass, allowing uninterrupted views, and there is also real winter garden decorated in Japanese style with floor-to-ceiling windows and slate floors.


Meanwhile, if you need to cool off there is a five metre infinity pool with built-in stools to enjoy drinks at the pool bar.

The bottom of the pool is clear and forms part of the ceiling of the panoramic salon, which houses a giant TV and a baby grand piano. To literally top it all, the sun deck has a touch-and-go helipad, which is large enough for a twin turbine helicopter.



When the sun goes down and you’ve finished with the beach club, the heli-deck becomes an al fresco night club with dance floor, speakers and of course a DJ station. Day or night, the S693 has something for everyone.







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