Written by Jeni Bone
05 April 2017
According to its designers, Charley is the largest composite, resin-infused vessel ever to be built in Australia, with Naval Architecture performed by LoMocean.
The custom catamaran design of Charley provides extremely spacious interior and exterior accommodation and entertaining areas, a very 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 12-metre custom carbon fibre tender catamaran with its specially engineered launch and retrieval platform positioned at the stern of the vessel.
Charley also comes equipped with a large helicopter touch and go pad, dive store, decompression chamber and specialist sonar equipment for wreck finding and diving adventures, to name but a few of its impressive features.
The design and construction of this bespoke vessel took two and a half years from inception to handover. It boasts an exceptional standard of finish thanks to the latest 3D design and 5-axis mould cutting and vacuum resin infusion techniques employed by the shipyard.
“This year’s Singapore Yacht Show will be our first opportunity to truly demonstrate Echo Yachts’ bespoke build expertise and high quality standards with the successful delivery of Charley to Singapore,” said co-owner Chris Blackwell, Project Manager, Sales & Marketing at Echo.Currently in build at the company’s Henderson facilities is the 84-metre mother ship White Rabbit Golf, destined to be the largest trimaran superyacht in the world, also Singapore-bound.
“We only take on a couple of projects at a time which ensures a more personal and enjoyable experience for clients, more flexibility to deliver what our clients decide and a focus on very high quality and attention to detail.“We have immediate capacity available to undertake a new build or large refit project.”One significant value-add that is sure to catch the eye of adventurous customers is the Echo Yachts’ offer of exclusive exploration delivery cruises along the west and northwest coast of Australia, accompanied by local Captains, visiting pristine locations such as Broome and the Kimberley Coast – tantalising destinations that should make the bucket list of intrepid superyacht owners the worldover.