Echo Yachts & MMYD Unveil Customisable 31m Catamaran

By George Bains

Echo Yachts and Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design have unveiled an exciting new 31m superyacht concept to coincide with this week’s FLIBS 2020. SP30, a fully customisable catamaran motoryacht, is the latest addition to the stellar Design Collection at Echo Yachts. For designer Misha Merzliakov, this is the fruit of a flurry of creativity during the months of lockdown this year…

Both Echo Yachts and MMYD are shining lights of the Australian superyacht industry, sharing a flair for innovation and bespoke design. The two have collaborated previously on CPY27 and CSV27, two high-volume 27-metre catamarans, and the latest project shows there is much more to come from this partnership.

The 31-metre SP30 offers a sporty and masculine exterior profile, while shrewd attention has been given to delivering an excellent entertainment platform for her Owner and guests. The superyacht is fully customisable to the preferences and desires of prospective buyers, and with her larger size comes greater potential for luxurious guest spaces.

SP30 is by look and function an adventurous superyacht primed for thrilling expeditions. Featuring masculine automotive exterior styling cues and a reverse bow maximising waterlength for optimal performance, SP30 is as much for the explorer as she is for the entertainer. This is a superyacht that would look as comfortable and stylish in remote reaches of the world as she would in front of the French Riviera.

SP30’s wide aft deck provides storage for a range of water toys, including a pair of jet skis and an Extender EXT640 6.4m IDRO tender. A hydraulically lowering swim platform on centreline ensures effortless launch and retrieval of the tender, whilst also allowing guests safe and easy access to the water. Her catamaran hull ensures natural stability and excellent efficiency to deliver ultimate enjoyment and safety.

The above deck areas of SP30 are focused on providing a fantastic onboard lifestyle for guests, with the layout maximising living and entertaining experiences. Four opulent guest cabins below deck, along with an expansive Master Cabin forward on the main deck, can accommodate up to 10 guests overnight, or can be reconfigured to accommodate 12 passengers. One of the major benefits of SP30’s catamaran hull is its wide beam of 13.3m, a feature normally akin to superyachts in the 60m+ categories. This allows for spacious and an open living and dining experience for guests throughout the main and upper deck zones.

These generous proportions offer extensive interior and exterior arrangement flexibility owing to the significant superstructure beam of 10 metres. A deliberately casual and elegant interior coupled with clever ambient lighting give SP30 a warm and welcoming atmosphere at night, making sure that guests make the most of their time at sea.

Speaking to Superyachts.com, designer Misha Merzliakov revealed how spending time in lockdown triggered a surge in creativity. “The design was born from a moment of inspiration during Covid lockdown,” explained Misha. “With family near me all the time, life got back to basics perhaps like generations ago before me. Call it a design retreat of sorts, but forced upon me by a pandemic. I have many superyachts which I’ve pencilled out over the last 6 months while blasting my headphones into the night!”

Time spent with his family may reflect in the relaxing and flowing guest spaces penned by Misha on SP30. With a striking exterior design and plenty of room for customisation, the yacht still leaves plenty for an Owner to make their own personal statement.

I wanted something sexy, something edgy but not too farfetched,” continued Misha. “On the interior side of things, I applied a more casual and understated interior that is enhanced by playful lighting. This platform is fully-customisable, so it serves as a suggestion at this point of the journey.”

Misha Merzliakov is no stranger to inventive and ultimately successful catamaran designs. It was in fact a 52m catamaran which first elevated Misha to the global stage in 2011, named as one of the Young Designers of the Year for his concept Eva. Working with the superyacht specialists at Echo Yachts, renowned for award-winning projects of all hull forms, Misha hopes this will be a basis for future success. “I am patriotic about shipbuilding in Australia, and nothing would give me a kick more than a superyacht built in our own backyard.”

"This platform is fully-customisable, so it serves as a suggestion at this point of the journey..."

Misha Merzliakov

"This platform is fully-customisable, so it serves as a suggestion at this point of the journey..."

Misha Merzliakov
By George Bains
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