Echo Yachts to build largest-ever Australian-built superyacht
by Risa Merl
Echo Yachts has been formed by a Singapore-based family with the intention of building the family's yachts, including a 46-metre and an 84-metre yacht, the latter of which will be the largest superyacht ever built in Australia.
Based in the Henderson Marine Precinct, Echo Yachts is bringing together a who's who in the Australian superyacht industry to build its yachts. Both the 84-metre and the 46-metre yacht are based on custom-designed hull forms and will utilise state-of-the-art build techniques and engineering. Exterior and interior styling will come from renowned yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni, who is based in Fremantle, Australia, while naval architecture is by One2three Naval Architects, with offices in Sydney and Henderson.
The 84-metre aluminium multi-hull yacht will not only be the largest built in Australia but the biggest tri-hulled superyacht ever built. Its multi-hull configuration will provide a notable 20-metre beam, allowing for expansive living spaces. Construction is anticipated to take three years.
Echo Yachts will also undertake the build of a 46-metre fibreglass catamaran, which is designed as a super-sized support vessel for the 84-metre yacht. The catamaran support vessel will carry a flotilla of 12 tenders, with a range of uses from sports boats to exploration. One 12-metre tender will host full navigation systems and high-tech 3D sonars to explore the seafloor for wrecks. Construction of the 46-metre is underway, due to launch in late 2015.