A contract for a new 56-metre catamaran Yacht Support Vessel has been signed for at Echo Yachts in Western Australia. The custom design will feature similarities to the 46-metre Charley, delivered by the yard in 2017, such as an aft tender lift platform and a beam of 14.81 metres. One2Three Naval Architects are confirmed to carry out the aluminium yacht's naval architecture, which has been created with efficiency and an extended range in mind. Photo: Echo YachtsThe new catamaran Yacht Support Vessel is set to accommodate up to 20 guests and 17 crew and offer large entertainment areas and a selection of tenders and toys including specialist scuba diving facilities and dive store, onboard hyperbaric chamber and helicopter pad.Photo: Echo YachtsThe yard has confirmed that the drawings of the yacht remain undisclosed, however, Echo Yachts' owner and director, Mark Stothard, commented: “My team and I are very appreciative and proud that our clients have entrusted Echo Yachts for the custom design and construction of their new Yacht Support Vessel for a number of reasons, including our focus on client relations and satisfaction, plus our proven track record of delivering very innovative, high quality, efficient and stable vessels for any sea condition."
“Added to the excitement of this new vessel we are really pleased it fits in nicely with Echo’s ongoing commitment to creating world-class ‘eco-efficient’ vessels here in Western Australia. It is great to see overseas buyers choosing our premium shipbuilding quality and service, underpinned by our competitive pricing and the low Australian dollar. Echo Yachts are in the fortunate position of being able to offer a very safe COVID-free environment here in Western Australia with minimal restrictions and unhindered shipyard efficiency. No matter where in the world our clients may be, they are able to easily see and engage in the design and build of their new vessel using the same online video meetings, CCTV video feeds, plus photo and video reports we have been providing our clients with since 2015," added the company's sales and marketing manager, Chris Blackwell.
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