26 May 2020
Echo Yachts has announced the signing of a new build contract with an international client for the custom design and build of a 50-metre catamaran Yacht Support Vessel.
Similar in design to Echo Yachts’ previous 46-metre FRP composite catamaran Yacht Support Vessel M/Y Charley, the new 50-metre vessel will be larger in length overall (56 metres including aft tender lift platform and a beam of 14.81 metres) with a faired and painted finish.
Naval Architecture for the project will be performed by Australian firm One2Three Naval Architects who worked with Echo Yachts on the creation of the 84-metre aluminium trimaran superyacht M/Y White Rabbit, delivered in 2018.
The new 50-metre catamaran boasts a custom-designed and hydrodynamically efficient aluminium hull with a longer waterline length, enabling reduced installed kW engine power, increased fuel efficiency and extended range.
Completed to a very high standard, the Yacht Support Vessel is built for standalone adventure cruising and superyacht support functions in remote regions.
Vessel features include additional guest and crew cabin spaces to accommodate 20 guests and 17 crew, large format interior and exterior guest accommodation and entertainment zones, an array of large and small tenders and water toys, specialist scuba-diving facilities including dive store and onboard hyperbaric chamber, plus a large helicopter pad.
Echo Yachts owner and Director Mark Stothard commented: “My team and I appreciate that our clients have entrusted Echo Yachts for the custom design and construction of their new Yacht Support Vessel.”
Echo Yachts Sales & Marketing Manager Chris Blackwell added that “the new vessel fits in nicely with Echo’s ongoing commitment to creating world-class eco-efficient vessels here in Western Australia.”
He continued, “It’s great to see overseas buyers choosing our premium shipbuilding quality and service, which is underpinned by our competitive pricing and the low Australian Dollar.
“Echo Yachts are in the fortunate position of being able to offer a very safe COVID-free environment here in Western Australia with minimal restrictions and unhindered shipyard efficiency.
“No matter where in the world our clients are based, they can easily see and engage in the design and build of their new vessel using the same online video meetings, CCTV video feeds, and photo and video reports that we have been providing our clients since 2015.”