Glider Yachts, a new player in the British boatbuilding industry, has announced the launch of its SS18, a 60ft model in the Glider Super Sports series.

Render design for new Glider SS18

Render design for new Glider SS18

The builder says the new model is set to bring a new dimension in high speed luxury to the market, and promises unparalleled performance, comfort and handling “giving owners access to the most high performance sports yachts in the world,” Glider says in a statement.

The Glider SS18 has been six years in the making, with meticulous planning, design and world-class engineering using best practice and expertise from Formula 1 and the aerospace industry, including a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS).

The boats will be built in the UK by Burgess Marine. The model will be powered by four 260bhp Rotax 4TEC engines. Glider says it can deliver very high speeds in excess of 60mph safely without the discomfort associated with traditional sports boats, even in the choppiest of seas.

The Glider SS18 has been designed to open up unprecedented cruising opportunities for owners making previous out of range destinations within easy reach. “A trip from Monaco to Saint Tropez or Miami to the Bahamas being less than an hour away. The shallow draft also allows access to even the most out of reach bays, anchoring close to the shore and even beach landings,” reads the statement.

Hand-built by craftsmen, the SS18 offers a spacious cabin featuring leather sports seating with carbon fibre, brushed aluminium and elegant upholstery throughout.

new Glider SS18 features a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS).

new Glider SS18 features a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS).

“We’ve been asked what’s so special about Gliders and anyone who has travelled at over 30mph in anything other than flat calm will know it’s an uncomfortable experience. Gliders’ unique hull form, propulsion and Stability Control System (SCS) actually tune to the sea conditions allowing passengers to ‘glide’ over the waves in unprecedented comfort at up to 70mph,” explains Robert McCall, chief designer and managing director of Glider Yachts.

“The SS18 is unlike any other yacht seen in the market, with unparalleled design and technological capabilities,” he adds. “We’re sure she is going to be a game-changer and make a real splash in the superyacht market. I’m excited to see the reaction as we introduce her to the world at leading boat shows this year.”

Headquartered in London, Glider Yachts has announced the SS18 will be closely followed by the faster Hyper Sports (HS18), reaching speeds up to 100mph. This is part of Glide’s range of sports limousines. In addition, the GT and SX-E range of superyachts from 100ft-265ft are planned, for which the company is currently seeking additional external funding/investment to build.