Australia-based Echo Yachts, which has earned a reputation for superyacht multihulls, has a new client. The owner recently signed a contract for a 164-foot (50-meter) catamaran Yacht Support Vessel.
Unfortunately, Echo Yachts has not released a rendering of what this project will look like. However, the shipyard does say that she will be similar in design to Charley, pictured above. Measuring 151 feet (46 meters), Charley launched in 2017, to shadow White Rabbit Golf, also from Echo Yachts. While Charley was composite, the new megayacht is entirely aluminum.
In addition, the new catamaran is actually much larger, 184 feet (56 meters) if you count the extra-deep tender platform. Echo Yachts says it will not only hold the tender, but also lower it in the water and raise it when it’s time to come back onboard.
Bearing a beam of nearly 49 feet (14.81 meters), the catamaran Yacht Support Vessel features naval architecture by One2Three Naval Architects. The studio has penned a hull design with a longer waterline length for efficiency, and therefore reduced horsepower requirements. Since the yacht will undertake her own cruising and adventure travels, not just a supporting role, she’ll additionally have a faired and painted profile.
Whether in support service or solo service, the catamaran Yacht Support Vessel will be capable of carrying 20 guests and 17 crewmembers. For fun onboard, guests can enjoy plenty of formal interior areas, as well as more relaxed alfresco entertainment areas. On the water, meanwhile, they can take out plenty of tenders and toys, as well as scuba gear. Echo Yachts says a hyperbaric chamber is coming onboard. A helicopter pad will be aboard, too.
While Echo Yachts hasn’t revealed where the owner is from, it does say the client is from abroad. Chris Blackwell, the sales and marketing manager, notes that Western Australia has “a very safe, COVID-free environment.” Furthermore, if a client doesn’t yet want to travel, they can use CCTV video feeds and more to stay in touch with the shipyard team. This has been its regular practice for the past five years, Blackwell adds.
Echo Marine Group echomarinegroup.com
One2Three Naval Architects one2three.com.au