84m trimaran White Rabbit, world’s largest aluminium and tri-hull superyacht

The Australian superyacht industry has broken a number of records with the launch of the 84m (276ft) aluminium tri-maran superyacht White Rabbit on September 1.

Built by Echo Yachts at Henderson in Western Australia, White Rabbit is firstly the largest superyacht ever built in Australia. More significantly, in global terms, she is the world’s largest aluminium and tri-hull superyacht.

Built for a Singaporean client, White Rabbit is nearly 3,000 gross tonnes, 84m in length and 19.6m beam. Echo Yachts say that: “White Rabbit showcases the highest standards of luxury cruising and innovation with over 1,200sq m of palatial guest accommodation, class leading seakeeping and fuel efficiency, trimaran hull form, bespoke Naiad ride control and state-of-the-art diesel-electric propulsion by Kongsberg/STADT and Rolls Royce.”

Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard commented: “On behalf of the team at Echo Yachts, I am very proud of what we have achieved with the build of the latest White Rabbit. Like myself, many of the team have been involved in the Western Australian Ship Building industry since the early ’80s. We have watched our industry grow, prove itself and become internationally renowned for the ability to take on and deliver one off bespoke projects that many other builders would shy away from.”

He adds: “It is this ‘can-do attitude’, technical knowledge and experience we have accumulated as a collective that paved the way for the White Rabbit project to be built by Echo Yachts in Australia. At the clients request we explored their desire for “engineering boldness” in the vessel’s form and latest technology engineering systems design. We are very grateful to our client for pushing us and backing us all the way in these endeavours.”

“The net result,” he continued, “is that the yacht we are about to hand over is truly world class and a credit to everyone involved, including: Sorgiovanni Designs, One2Three Naval Architects, Alia in Turkey for the luxury furniture, Exclusive Coatings for the painting and fairing, numerous machinery suppliers and of course the Echo Yachts team for the build and project management”.

Yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni said: “There is a great sense of pride that comes from seeing the launch of WRG. It’s not just the time that it took to build the yacht but more so from history and the fact that my career started here and with many of the people involved in the project. There is no question that every aspect of this yacht is purely world class and a credit to all that have contributed to this amazing vessel.”

He empahsesed: “As with all great yachts, there is always an owner that has a dream, a passion for the unique experience of yachting. In this case, the owner is also a visionary constantly striving to challenge convention and achieve what has never been done before.”

White Rabbit will be intensively trialled at sea off the West Australian coast prior to delivery to her owners by the end of October 2018. Echo Yachts will be attending this year’s Monaco Yacht Show and available for appointments to discuss newbuild and refit opportunities, with immediate build capacity available.

For Australia’s superyacht industry this launch could hardly have come at a better time. At present there are a number of initiatives in progress to boost the sector. Most importantly is the anticipated approval very soon for the superyacht charter licence allowing foreign yachts to charter while visiting Australia. Also the National Superyacht Strategy is due to be completed in the near future following in the wake of the Queensland Superyacht Strategy launched last May.