The world’s largest tri-hull, White Rabbit has departed Echo Yachts in Australia for her home port.
While the owner officially took delivery of the 276-footer (84-meter) in late October, White Rabbit remained Down Under through this week.
Besides being the largest superyacht trimaran afloat, White Rabbit marks a number of notable achievements. She’s entirely aluminum, for instance, uncommon for her LOA. She’s further more efficient in fuel burn and performance. Part of that, of course, comes from her triple hulls. But, it also comes from her diesel-electric propulsion. Echo Yachts says it should allow for 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots under full power. That distance is farther than conventional-hulled superyachts of her size. In addition, White Rabbit should see speeds around 13 knots when running with just two gensets. On a related note, the yacht is the first Australian-built superyacht incorporating a diesel-electric system.
Echo Yachts threw a pre-launch party in August to introduce these and other engineering elements to VIPs. At the time, Mark Stothard, Echo Yachts’ director, said, “At the client’s request, we explored their desire for ‘engineering boldness’ in the vessel’s form and latest technology engineering systems design. We are very grateful to our client for pushing us and backing us all the way in these endeavors.”
Sam Sorgiovanni of Sorgiovanni Designs, responsible for styling and interior design, echoed these comments. “As with all great yachts, there is always an owner that has a dream, a passion for the unique experience of yachting,” he says. “In this case, the owner is also a visionary, constantly striving to challenge convention and achieve what has never been done before.” That certainly includes the hull form, by One2Three Naval Architects. In fact, Sorgiovanni considers it “an innovation with many advantages over a conventional hull.”
Coming in at 2,940 gross tons, and with accommodations for 22, White Rabbit took four years to construct.