The newly established British company Glider Yachts has announced that they have secured major funding in order to commence the build of the first of its fleet. A consortium of private investors and the Glider Yachts team and Advisory Board are behind the funding.
The vessel is called the Super Sports 18 (SS18), and will be part of Glider Yachts’ three ranges of yachts. With a unique hull form, she will be able to glide in comfort at speeds of up to 70mph.
The SS18 will make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in late September this year, with a media launch prior to the Show taking place at the end of summer. Robert McCall, Chief Designer and Managing Director of Glider Yachts, comments, “We are absolutely thrilled to be starting the build of the first of our exciting Glider Yachts range. The very essence of Glider Yachts is something you’ll feel each time you see one of our yachts and it will sweep over you every time you experience a voyage on one.
“Powerful, exhilarating and precise, yet timelessly elegant and sophisticated, our luxury yachts blend outstanding design, exceptional engineering and unrivalled British craftsmanship to create an absolutely unforgettable experience. Every one of our unique yachts will be the quintessential British combination of power, beauty and soul.”
In addition, Glider Yachts signed a £100,000,000 deal with marine engineering company, Burgess Marine, and newly ordered Gliders will be built by this British company, creating a number of jobs in Britain.
Nick Buckland, OBE, Chairman of Glider Yachts said, “Glider Yachts is set to become the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance, luxury yachts. We are very proud to be able to debut the most revolutionary sports boat seen in decades and the first of our unbelievably unique range at Monaco later this year. We have spent seven years designing and developing the Glider Yachts fleet, so we’re incredibly excited that she is now in production.”
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