The 84-metre White Rabbit Golf yacht, with a beam of 19 metres, features aluminium hull and superstructure, for a total weight of 3000 tonnes.
Built by Echo Yachts in Australia at their shipyard in Henderson, West Australia, the yacht has been developed in collaboration with Sidney-based One2Three Naval Architects and world-renowned yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni.
Moreover, some retired crew were involved in the process to impart their knowledge down the line in order to create the best design outcome for both White Rabbit Golf and more vessels to be built in the future.
According to Echo Yachts’ director Mark Stothard, this project is a lifeline for Australia’s superyacht industry and the pinnacle of his career.
“We feel very fortunate we were chosen. It has reinvigorated the super yacht industry and we’ve had a number of opportunities off the back of this project,” he said. “Echo Yachts and Hanseatic are the only super yacht builders left in Australia. […] I live and breathe this sort of work and this has been rewarding all the way through,” he said.
The Fremantle-based superyacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni, who had already worked on a super yacht for golfer Greg Norman, took care of both White Rabbit Golf’s interior and exterior styling.
“There’s no question that in terms of Australia’s industry, it’s the biggest and greatest thing we’ve ever worked on,” Mr Sorgiovanni said. “The fact it’s a trimaran makes it unique in the industry.”
The interior styling, all custom-made, will have an art deco overtone with some gold accents. The 84-metre trimaran superyacht provides comfortable accommodation for 22 guests and for a crew of 30.
The shadow vessel, the motor yacht Charley, “carries all the toys” that the client, a keen scuba diver, requires. A helipad, hovercraft, 12-metre catamaran and decompression chamber are some of the stand-outs.
The whole project, which has been undertaken by about 300 dedicated workers and which took three and a half years to build, is due to finish and to be delivered to a Singaporean client by next year.