By David Robinson
Official confirmation of an 84m (276ft) trimaran new-build project in Australia has now been given by Echo Yachts, a new company set up by a Singapore-based family.
Significantly for Australia, the Echo Yachts details confirm this project will be Australia’s largest superyacht new-build to date and the world’s largest tri-hull superyacht.
The Singapore family in question, that of Mr Goh Cheng Liang, formed Echo Yachts to build the aluminum tri-hull superyacht and a 46m (151ft) fibreglass catamaran that will be deployed as a support vessel for the larger build.
The tri-hull will take three years to build, with completion set for 2017. Work on the support yacht is already well underway and is due for completion in late 2015.
The statement states: “The 84m aluminium vessel will also be the largest tri-hulled superyacht ever built anywhere – with tri-hull configuration allowing for an impressive 20m beam, which in turn will accommodate a vast deck expanse and palatial interior spaces.
“The catamaran will carry 12 tenders designed with a range of sporting and exploratory capabilities. A 12m (39.4ft) tender will be equipped with full navigation systems and high tech 3D sonars for the exploration of seabeds and sunken wrecks. Both the superyacht and the support vessel will feature unique hull forms and the construction processes will incorporate numerous state-of-the-art build techniques and bold engineering ideas.”
Commenting on the project, Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard said: “Together with my partners Jurien Van Rongen and Nick Gardiner, we are thrilled to have been selected to head-up this project and we are very excited about the world-class credentials of those who will be working with us.
“The superyacht’s external design and interior styling will be led by Fremantle-based and world-renowned superyacht supremo, Sam Sorgiovani. One2three Naval Architects, who operate from both Sydney and Henderson, will act as the project’s naval architects.”
The support yacht was designed by New Zealand’s LOMOcean. The vessel boasts the project’s hallmark, cutting-edge hull forms, lightweight lay-ups and state-of-the-art build techniques.
Echo will work with Evolution Commercial in Henderson using its large 100m (328ft)-long production facility, which has direct water access.
The Goh family has built four White Rabbits since 1995, the original being a Feadship. The last one was a 61m (200ft) tri-hull built in Tasmania.