The UK’s Glider Yachts has launched a new funding round following “overwhelming interest” in its high-performance Super Sports 18 (SS18) model at the Monaco Yacht Show last September.

During the show, nearly 50 qualified clients registered their details with Inwards Marine, Glider Yachts’ UK and European sales agent.

The new funding round aims to attract investors to support the next stage in Glider Yachts’ development programme. This centres on the building of the SL24 Sports Limousine model, the designs of which were shown at Monaco and aroused considerable interest from several superyachts and private island resort operators where the new model would be used as a chase boat or luxury shuttle.

The SL24 can carry up to 12 passengers and two crew at up to 50kt. “What sets Gliders apart, compared with travelling at speed in a conventional yacht, is that even in small waves the ride can be uncomfortable. Gliders, however, deliver a beautifully-smooth ride experience," says Glider CEO Robert McCall.

“From extensive sea-trials over the last year and a half, we’ve found Gliders reduce wave motions felt on board by up to 70% in comparison to conventional boats. This is a key selling point with our designs along with the speed our yachts can travel,” he adds.

McCall says Glider has plans for a full range of gliding yacht models, beginning with the SS18 and SL24 at the lower end and the superyacht sports range from 35m-80m at the top end. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

Potential investors should contact Robert McCall at Rob@GliderYachts.com or call +44 (0)20 8133 0654.