Having recently delivered the 46m composite catamaran yacht support vessel, Charley, to the owners of the superyacht White Rabbit Golf, Australian custom Superyacht builder, Echo Yachts, have unveiled new adventure support yacht project named Project Echo.
With its 50m catamaran hull form, and a 495gt, Project Echo demonstrates a fresh approach to both the charter adventure yacht and superyacht support vessel markets. In addition to Bannenberg & Rowell’s exterior styling and features, Project Echo sits on a pre-proven heavy seas offshore catamaran platform providing performance, fuel effi ciency, a large cargo space and stability, together with long range safety and redundancy for submarine launch and retrieval operations.
Incorporated into the concept from its inception is a custom designed Caley A-frame submarine Launch and Recovery System (LARS) developed to fold and stow flat into the cargo deck enabling helicopter landing operations or additional cargo deck space. Primary water craft, landing craft and back-up submarine launch and retrieval capability is provided using a secondary 12 tonne knuckle boom crane. Other features include a cargo deadweight carry capacity of 40 tonnes, long range and heavy seas cruising capabilities, integrated deck cargo transfer rail / tie down system and technical lockers for the submarines.
Headquartered at Henderson in Western Australia, Echo Yachts is Australia’s largest builder of superyachts with purpose built waterfront shipbuilding facilities. The company employs over 200 specialist staff, many with decades of experience in all facets of superyacht build management, design and manufacture.