Superyacht 72 – Winter 2021-2022
Third-born from the lucky Tankoa S501 series, Olokun distances herself from the standard platform, thanks to her owner-targeted customizations, especially for the organization of interior spaces and her décor, clearly inspired by Japanese design.
Three previously launched units and three more being built, one of which sold already, another one “on spec”, confirm the S501 platform as a leading project in its category. The reasons for this success can be traced within a co-occurrence of factors: first of all Francesco Paszkowsky’s fascinating design, characterized by angular yet sleek lines, to create a balance of sporty elegance. Then comes the size, 50 meters being enough to include S501 among outstanding superyachts, though still allowing to keep her under the crucial threshold of 499 GT. The third reason lies in the “on spec” production system, that significantly reduces manufacturing costs and delivery time, despite the wide customization offer.
Born in 2017, when “Vertige” was launched, followed by her hybrid-propelled sister ship “Bintador”, the line confirms itself with “Olokun”, which kept distinctive features like the owner’s suite folding balconies, main deck prow, the large sundeck with bar and whirlpool, the spacious aft spa-featuring beach club.
At first sight, the clearest difference between “Olokun” and her predecessors is the external livery, black hull and and grey superstructure, painted with Awlgrip varnish capable to keep heating under control even in scorching hot weather. Stepping onboard, customizing becomes much more evident.
The main deck aft section includes a huge relaxation lounge, set-up by moving the lunch area to the upper deck.
The side aft garage, initially conceived for a tender, became an extension of the beach club -it kept its crane though-, as the owner prefers to use a 15-meter support boat. Adding to the four guests suites on the lower deck, the owner suite private office can be changed into a further cabin.
“As a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to owner’s personal needs,” says Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Tankoa Yachts. “The result is a perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality. Olokun is a fully customized yacht both in terms of GA and interior decoration and thanks to its elegant exterior lines it will be enjoyed by the owner for the next 10 years.”
Olokun’s décor is Miami/London studio Casa Dio’s work, that, on the owner’s request, developed clear and simple lines inspired by Japanese design. Brushed durmast was chosen as wood, in its Tokyo Black and Glitter Grey natural shades, skillfully mixed and balanced in vertical finish and false ceilings of all spaces. The furniture was equally custom-made by Miami/London Casa Dio craftsmen, to perfectly match the Japanese style and the materials chosen by the owner, like Calacatta marbles and marquina black in restrooms and Loro Piani fabrics for other rooms.
“We believe in innovation through the unusual minimalist but contemporary use of interior finishes and furniture,” says Dio Rodriguez, founder of the Casa Dio Miami/London studio. “The use of neutral colours throughout the carpentry and furniture allowed for a high contrast and timeless quality.”
A widened beach club, with added hammam and relaxation area, shows up among the owner’s requests. “In order to bring the owners requirements to a reality, we transformed the beach club space to create the hammam and also converted the tender garage into a lounge where the owners would find additional space for relaxation,” says Rodriguez. “By doing this we were able to not just meet but also exceed the owner’s expectations.
As seen, Olokun’saft section was also modified by moving the lunch area to the upper deck, so that larger room could be made for relaxation spaces. “As we already know from experience, the interiors of yachts are often quite small and we always suggest to the owners to create open environments where they can enjoy the view and the interiors at the same time,” says Rodriguez. “We focused on making the entire interior of the yacht convey a sense of residential life by reflecting the exterior and transforming the interior into a complete nautical experience.”
As for the engines, “Olokun” sets Bintador’s hybrid system apart to resume a more traditional solution, made up of two MTU 8V4000 M54 diesel units, allowing her a 17,5kn full speed and a 14,5kn cruising speed, as well as a 4500nm range at a cheap 11kn speed
For further information: Tankoa Yachts