A Singapore-based family has formed Echo Yachts, a yacht builder based in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct to undertake the building of the family’s yachts, including the largest ever superyacht built in Australia. The new company has brought together a regional who’s who of the Australian superyacht industry.

The 84m aluminium vessel will also be the largest tri-hulled superyacht ever built anywhere - with tri-hull configuration allowing for an impressive 20m beam which in turn will accommodate a vast deck expanse and 'palatial' interior spaces. Construction will take three years from start to finish.

The shipyard arrangement also includes the construction of a 46m fibreglass catamaran that will be deployed as a support vessel for the larger build. The catamaran will carry 12 tenders designed with a range of sporting and exploratory capabilities.  A 12m tender will be equipped with full navigation systems and high tech 3D sonar for the exploration of sea beds and sunken wrecks.

Both the 84m yacht  and the support vessel will feature unique hull forms and the construction processes will incorporate numerous state-of-the-art build techniques and bold engineering ideas.

Commenting on the project, Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard said “Together with my partners Jurien Van Rongen and Nick Gardiner, we are thrilled to have been selected to head-up this project and, we are very excited about the world-class credentials of those who will be working with us.”

The superyacht’s external design and interior styling will be led by Fremantle based and world-renowned superyacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni. One2three Naval Architects, who operate from both Sydney and Henderson, will act as the project’s naval architects.

Construction of the support vessel is already well under way with completion scheduled for late 2015. Designed by New Zealand’s LOMOcean, the vessel boasts the project’s hallmark and cutting-edge hull forms, lightweight lay-ups and state of the art build techniques.

This news is a great boost to the Australian order book, taking the total number of superyachts in build in Australia to four with an additional yachts in advanced development. Echo Yachts' neighbours, SilverYachts are nearing completion on Hull 4 in their Silver Series, 77m Silver Fast, with Hull 5, 83m Silver Loft beginning work and 83m Silver Square in development.

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