The 46m vessel is part of an order for two multihull yachts. The second project is for 'White Rabbit Golf', a 84m (276ft) trimaran superyacht due for delivery in 2018. David Robinson reports.
Australia’s Echo Yachts has delivered the 46m (151ft) catamaran shadow vessel Charley as part of an order for two multihull yachts. The other vessel is the 84m (276ft) trimaran superyacht White Rabbit Golf, which is said to be the world’s largest aluminium superyacht.
The two yachts, along with a 24m (78.5ft) diving support vessel built in China that was delivered last year, make up a three-strong fleet for a Singaporean client. White Rabbit Golf, due to be delivered in Q2 2018, is said to be the largest superyacht so far ordered in Australia.
She will be the latest in a series of White Rabbit-named yachts owned by the client, the previous one being the 61m (200ft) White Rabbit Echo, also built in Australia.
White Rabbit Golf was styled by yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni with naval architecture by Australian studio One 2 Three.
Charley is the largest composite resin-infused vessel ever to be built in Australia, with naval architecture by LOMOcean Design.The vessel is powered by two Cummins QSK60 engines rated at 2013kW @1900rpm.
The custom catamaran design of Charley provides extremely spacious interior and exterior accommodation and entertaining areas, a large carrying capacity for a plethora of tenders and other water toys, plus superior sea-keeping and fuel-efficient performance.
One of Charley’s most striking features is the large 12m (39.4ft) custom carbon fibre tender catamaran with its specially engineered launch and retrieval platform positioned at the stern of the vessel. She is also equipped with a large helicopter ‘touch & go’ pad, dive store, decompression chamber and specialist sonar equipment for wreck-finding and diving adventures.
Commenting on the project, Echo Yachts says: “The design and construction of Charley took two and a half years from inception to handover and resulted in a very high standard of finish, thanks to the latest 3D design and five-axis mould cutting and vacuum resin infusion techniques employed by the shipyard.”
As far as SB understands, Echo Yachts does not have any further orders to follow White Rabbit Golf, but discussions related to other projects are believed to be ongoing. Echo Yachts recently launched a 120m (394ft) superyacht design concept.