The Palma International Boat Show was among the events that have inaugurated the 2022 boat show season. It was the occasion for many shipyards to display their new crafts in world premiere (due to the cancellation of boot Düsseldorf last January), and for visitors to climb on board them.
This is the case of Tesoro Yachts, the all-Spanish brand that took its first steps in 2015 and made its official debut in 2020, in Germany. What intrigued us at PIBS 2022 was the T40, the shipyard’s flagship model, which we had heard about but had never seen live. In a market as ‘crowded’ as the walkaround one, what more can a new brand entering the market offer? We asked that to Andrés Martínez, CEO and co-founder of the brand.
Before getting to the heart of T40, let’s see how this brand came into being and with what background.
“We are two partners,” explains Andrés Martínez, “who started working on this project in 2015. I have been for most of my career a lawyer specializing in the maritime industry. My partner is a great expert in superyachts and together we have worked in brokerage. Thanks to our network of contacts with skippers and owners of large yachts and noticing the success of walkarounds, we launched into creating our own.”
From there, after five years of study, the first Tesoro Yachts model made its debut in Düsseldorf 2020. Highlights include in-house construction (from moulding to outfitting) in two different plants located in Spain.
““The design, the project, the construction, we do it all,’ explains CEO Martínez, ‘and we can say that we were not born to create a business aimed solely at economic growth. My partner and I like yachts and that’s why we want to make the boats we want: we didn’t rely on external studios or designers, but once we thought up the boat we created an in-house team of five engineers who now work for us. It took us five years to develop the right model, to offer everything in terms of layout that our competitors don’t have.”
From birth to now there has been Covid in between, but Tesoro is appealing. In two years the brand has managed to carve out an interesting slice of the market with production that is sold out by 2022. As of today we are talking about March/April 2023 to have one in a yard that currently produces 24 boats a year. In the range as of now there are two models, the T38 and the T40, which becomes four considering all versions (outboard, inboard, open, etc.).
“We are working well all over the world,” Martínez continues, “from America to Holland, then Greece, Croatia. We also have interest from Australia and we are working to be represented in Italy. For the 2023 season we will definitely debut with a bigger model, the T55, – (also in two versions ed.) – but we are already working on another project as well.”
As mentioned above, we climbed on board the Tesoro T40 during the last PIBS. The exterior design is that of a classic walkaround. A distinguishing feature, however, is that the T40 has a rather soft profile with a sharp curve that closes the broadside at the bottom.
To get on this walkaround motor boat we used the large stern platform, which in the version shown (inboard) was hydraulic with three movements, while as standard it is present, but fixed. In the case of outboard propulsion, which is available for the T40, the swimming platform surrounds the engines completely so as not to give up this space. The absence of an engine room in this case allows the stowage of various types of water toys.
The quality of the finishes is immediately recognizable and interesting in terms of layout. The large sunbathing area has movable backrests that on one side are cushions for the solarium, on the other are backrests for a sofa. In this way it is also possible to have a dining area with a central table surrounded by two sofas with space for 6-8 people.
The T-top of the Tesoro T40 is available in two versions. A smaller one, with support in the central cabinet, and a larger one, 100% carbon fibre, with the uprights integrated into the bulkheads, to offer not only more deck space, but also greater stability.
“The goal? To offer the largest T-top on the market in terms of surface area, but also capable of obstructing the view as little as possible”.
Equally interesting is the bow section, designed as a single large sunpad/sofa, suitable both as a relaxation area and as a “more convivial” spot, perhaps at cocktail time. There is no real galley “area” on board, because the T40 was born as a pure day/weekender boat.
Beautiful finishes also characterize the boat below deck with brightness coming in through the windows. Spaces are divided between two cabins with interesting headroom and customizable fittings from woods to fabrics.
|Max Beam||3.65 m|