White Rabbit an 84 metre trimaran is to be built by a newly formed yacht builder based in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct. The Largest-Ever Australian Built Superyacht the all aluminium vessel will also be the largest tri-hulled super yacht ever built anywhere in the world.
With external design and interior styling by Fremantle based, Sam Sorgiovani, the tri-hull yacht features a 20 metre beam which allows for plenty of deck expanse and substantial interior spaces.
A family based in Singapore are behind the formation of Echo Yachts which is headed up by Mark Stothard a former director of Austal Image, the shipyard that built the superyachts Tu Moana, Tia Moana and the boutique cruise liners True North and Four Seasons Explorer. Listed among his partners are Jurien Van Rongen and Nick Gardiner
Echo Yachts will be using the 100m long production facility with direct water access operated by Evolution Commercial to construct the yachts
To date Mr Goh Cheng Liang and his family have built four yachts named White Rabbit the first was designed by Andrew Winch and was built by Feadship in 1995. Most recently White Rabbit (4) was a 61m tri-hull built in Tasmania.
The contract to build the new yacht also includes the construction of a 46 metre 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’s for the exploration of sea beds and sunken wrecks.
Both White Rabbit and her as yet unnamed support vessel will feature unique hull forms and the construction processes will incorporate numerous state-of-the-art build techniques and bold engineering ideas.
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.
Construction of White Rabbit will take 3 years from start to finish.