21 October 2019
Australian custom superyacht builder Echo Yachts has announce the addition of two new, fully customisable 27-metre catamaran motoryacht and shadow vessel designs to their recently launched ‘Design Collection’.
Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design is responsible for the exterior styling and layout of the innovative, stable and high-volume catamarans which feature a progressive arrangement and chiselled modern styling aesthetic with extensive glass surfaces on the superstructure.
One of the primary design features is the 53-square-metre beach club and aft entertaining space. A unique central companionway provides cabins direct access to beach club. With the water toys cleared off the aft deck and central hydraulic platform lowered, the entire stern area becomes a beautiful waterfront retreat, out of the wind and with entertaining in mind. Space for multiple jet skis, sea bobs and tenders – all protected from the weather take just minutes to launch and retrieve.
Notably the layout focusses on utilisation of the above deck areas for living and entertaining, with majority of cabins below deck. The sumptuous master cabin of over 50-square-metre includes an option of a private owner’s den in the port hull. Discrete crew cabins access, dumbwaiter to serve the formal areas upstairs.
A raised pilothouse with full walkarounds provides excellent 360-degree views, including a full glass atrium effect for skylight views. Options for elevators and wide hallways support disabled access if required.
The shadow vessel option provides support needs for motherships and stand-alone adventure cruising.
With a fast transit and relocation speed of 25 knots these unique vessels provide the functionality usually only seen in much larger vessels offering helicopter operations, decompression chamber / dive room, gym, additional crew accommodation and luxurious guest cabins.
Crewing requirements and operating expenses are minimised through simplicity of layout and design. Utilising the proven benefits of the catamaran hull, including natural stability, shallow draft, high tunnel clearance, excellent efficiency and the redundancy of having twin engine rooms, each vessel type provides ultimate enjoyment whether it be optioned for private or charter operations.
A build timeframe of 18 months is projected for these vessels.
Larger variants are currently under development. Echo Yachts’ total design flexibility ensures the concept can be adapted to a broad range of sizes, models and purpose, to fulfil any client or regionally specific requirements.
Full details will be revealed at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held 30 October to 3 November.