Su­pery­acht build steam­ing ahead

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

DEEP in the bow­els of the Aus­tralian Marine Com­plex, Bic­ton res­i­dent Mark Stothard is over­see­ing the con­struc­tion of the world’s big­gest ever all alu­minium su­pery­acht, White Rab­bit Golf.

Echo Yachts, which Mr Stothard launched along­side busi­ness part­ner Jurien Van Ron­gen in 2010, be­gan work on the 84m long, 19m wide tri­maran two years ago and the project is now just over a year away from com­ple­tion.

Mr Stothard said the boat’s owner shied away from the spot­light, re­veal­ing only that he was a Sin­ga­porean na­tional with a pas­sion for div­ing and wreck find­ing.

“All of the alu­minium body work is pretty much com­plete and the paint­ing is about half done,” Mr Stothard said.

“The fit out and wiring is also well ad­vanced with a lot of the tricky ar­eas un­der­way so the build is on track and com­ing to­gether well.”

Once com­pleted, the su­pery­acht will sleep 22 guests and boast a crew of 32 – and that does not take into ac­count a sec­ond 46m fi­bre­glass cata­ma­ran that will shadow the main ves­sel.

“The shadow yacht has al­ready Pic­tures: Matt Jelonek been built and ba­si­cally car­ries all the toys for the main boat which in­clude a hov­er­craft and four jet skis, as well as a 12m cata­ma­ran that hangs off the back.”

Mr Stothard said the project, the big­gest ever su­pery­acht built in Aus­tralia, was more com­plex than build­ing a sky­scraper.

“A sky­scraper is full of rooms and lux­ury fin­ishes and what not but you aren’t try­ing to build some­thing that moves and floats and has to con­form to in­ter­na­tional class re­quire­ments, nor some­thing that has to gen­er­ate its own power and wa­ter and deal with its own sew­er­age,” he said.

The ex­ter­nal styling and in­te­rior of White Rab­bit Golf, from the white mar­ble and dark wood sur­faces right down to the brand of cut­lery on board, is the work of award­win­ning Fremantle su­pery­acht de­signer Sam Sor­gio­vanni.

The com­pleted ves­sel will weigh 12,000 tonnes fully loaded and be ca­pa­ble of reach­ing speeds up to 20 knots.­mu­ni­ d468002

Echo Yachts di­rec­tor Mark Stothard (main pic­ture and in­set) is dwarfed by the su­pery­acht cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

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