M/Y Charley 2 Launch
Australia’s large full-custom superyacht builder Echo Yachts announce the launch of their latest newbuild superyacht: 56m aluminium catamaran Adventure & Support Yacht 'M/Y Charley 2’. Charley 2 is the largest catamaran motoryacht built in Australia and the second largest Echo Yachts superyacht created at the Echo Marine Group shipyard near Fremantle, in Western Australia.
At 56m LOA and 1041 GT volume, the new aluminium hulled Charley 2 is a significantly larger variant of its predecessor M/Y Charley (composite hulled, 50m LOA, 701GT volume, delivered in 2017). Naval Architecture for Charley 2 was performed by Australian firm One2Three Naval Architects, with Engineering, Electrical and Fitout design performed by the in-house team at Echo Marine Group.Charley 2’s larger enhanced layout provides extremely spacious interior accommodation, outdoor entertaining areas and significant water-toy carrying capacity.
The decision to build Charley 2 with a full-custom designed aluminium hull has resulted in improved hydrodynamic efficiency, and enabled the use of much smaller engines to propel what is a significantly larger yacht compared to its predecessor M/Y Charley.
Builder (Brand): Echo Marine Group (Echo Yachts)
Naval Architecture: One2Three Naval Architects
Hull type: Catamaran
Hull material: Aluminium
Length (Hull): 49.50m
Length (Overall) incl. Tender platform: 56.00m
Beam (Overall): 14.80m
Draft (Max) full load: 3.30m
Speed (Max): 17 knots
Speed (Cruise): 12 knots
Range (at 12 knots): 3380 Nautical Miles
Guest Berths: 18
Crew Berths: 19
Propulsion: 2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERT 1193 bkW (1600 bHp) @ 2300 rpm
2 x ZF 3350 reduction gears (ratio 4.25:1)
2 x Fixed Pitch Propellers
Tenders & Water toys:
1 x 12m Custom Catamaran tender
1 x 6.8m Custom Naiad RIB tender
2 x Caribe C14 RIB tender
1 x Williams Turbo Jet 285
2 x Pioner Multi landing craft.
3 x Yamaha FX CR HO wave runners
1 x Launch/Retrieval lift for 12m tender
2 x Folding davits for water toys.
1 x Decompression Chamber
Charley 2 features a large 12m custom-built catamaran tender on an upgraded launch and retrieval platform positioned at the stern of the vessel. This new tender platform design ensures improved tender operations and full walk-around access for ease of tender cleaning and maintenance.
The yacht is equipped with a large helicopter touch & go pad suitable for an Airbus EC130 helicopter, dive store, decompression chamber and specialist sonar equipment on the 12m tender for wreck finding and diving adventures.
Notable upgrades include:
Extended Wheelhouse deck
Large Captain’s Cabin, Pantry, Rangers Cabin, Ships office and 2 x External Storerooms
An additional Double Guest Cabin
Additional Crew Cabins
Forward located Tunnel Storeroom with access to each foredeck
Inboard Anchor Pockets for improved anchoring operations
Full Class – Hull & Machinery.
15kW of Solar Panels providing 1/3rd energy demand during full daylight.
New Hydraulic Side Boarding ladder at Upperdeck for access to high-sided wharfs.
Upgraded Cranes with 3T winch capacity for larger/heavier tenders.
Electric Bow Thrusters, Capstans and Anchor Winches for reduced noise during operation.
Upgraded HVAC system using return air to feed into Lower Deck Plant and Void spaces.
Increased Gasoline Storage to 2360L for Petrol Tenders.
Additional walk-in Cold and Freezer Rooms
General improvements throughout to cabin layouts, appliances, storage, entertainment system, internet and lighting systems.
Doggie toilet (external lawn area)
The design and construction of Charley 2 was completed within three years of project commencement in 2020, resulting in a very high standard of finish thanks to the world class skills and expertise of the design and build team involved.
Mark Stothard, Director of Echo Marine Group expressed his thoughts on: “a very special day for the teams at Echo Yachts and One2Three Naval Architects seeing the fruits of our combined efforts in the launch of Charley 2. She sits perfectly on the design waterline and is one of the most complete vessels I have seen at launch. A few weeks of commissioning and trails, then she will be off on her first adventure!”.
Sea trials commence at the beginning of September, with delivery several weeks later.
Echo Yachts will be attending the upcoming 2023 Monaco and Fort Lauderdale Boat Show’s and will be available for appointments to discuss full-custom newbuild, refit and maintenance projects.