Australian Superyacht Builder Echo Yachts Thinks Outside the Box

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The open ocean can be a fickle mistress, if you don’t have your sea legs yet, the constant motion can spell disaster for those onboard and ruin an adventurous cruise, multi hulled yachts provide better stability with the added bonus of improving fuel efficiency and producing less harmful emissions.

Arguably the best shipyard in the world at building multi-hulled superyachts, Echo Yachts’ and Echo Marine Group’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Chris Blackwell sat down for an interview with The Market Herald Fancy Nautica presenter Iolande Skinner, From The Deck at the Sydney International Boat Show.

Echo Marine Group’s most famous vessel, 84 metre trimaran White Rabbit is reputed to achieve 40 per cent less engine power required compared to similarly sized, steel monohull superyachts, spelling a massive saving in fuel required and hugely increased maximum range. Chris says the Western Australian superyacht industry is leading the world in its adaption of aluminium construction, as well as the development of multi-hulled superyachts.

White Rabbit running shot bow quarter
White Rabbit | Source: Echo Yachts

Echo Yachts is ideal for potential buyers who are looking to purchase an atypical superyacht and who have an open mind. Their capacity for innovative solutions to common problems, such as improving the hydrodynamics of an inefficient hull design, is legendary throughout the marine industry.

The experience within Echo Yachts provides clients with the opportunity to buy a high-quality, purely custom-made design in a material that is notoriously difficult to work with, like aluminium.

Their state of the art production facilities are some of the few in the world that allow the prestige builder to work with the high strength, lightweight material.

Spanning Foil Prior to Painting in Echo Yachts Production Facility
Spanning Foil Prior to Painting in Echo Yachts Production Facility | Source: Echo Yachts

He sees a shift in superyacht design away from solely mono-hulled vessels, as explorer and multi-hulled superyachts gain popularity. Owners and charterers are starting to look for charter destinations away from the usual Mediterranean and Caribbean “milk run.”

Exterior view of the White Rabbit SuperYacht
White Rabbit is a prime example of a multi-hulled superyacht | Source: Echo Yachts

The demand for superyachts from within Australia is mostly for 40-60 metre superyachts, with Echo Yachts able to deliver superyachts up to 90 metres in length, according to Blackwell. He touched on how Australian State Governments are starting to engage with the superyacht industry and improve infrastructure.

Chris talked about the advantages of choosing Australian builders over their European, American and Asian rivals, including the ability to build in any material.

We’ve got a couple of new ones (yachts) we will be releasing in the next couple of months. Some of them are multihull some of them are mono hull, but more explorer vessels, steel hull. Because we can build in any material, any hull type, it’s a really diverse mix.

Chris Blackwell, Echo Yachts’ Sales and Marketing Director

Blackwell thinks that hydrogen fuel cells will have a role to play in the future of superyacht propulsion but Echo Yachts has for a long time and will continue to focus on hull design and efficiency. He believes the industrial and commercial applications for alternatively fuelled boats will lead to the necessary infrastructure advances that will accommodate this technology on superyachts.

Echo yachts’ most famous build, the 84 metre trimaran White Rabbit was designed by renowned yacht designer and fellow Australian, Sam Sorgiovanni.

White Rabbit Interior White Rabbit Interior designed by Sam Sorgiovanni.
White Rabbit Interior White Rabbit Interior

White Rabbit Interior penned by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs P/L | Source: Echo Yachts

Fancy Nautica’s Iolande Skinner had the pleasure of speaking with the renowned designer at the Sydney International Boat Show this year about where he finds his inspiration and the experience of working with Australia’s most famous yacht design export, Jon Bannenberg.

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