Published: Thursday, 07 July 2016

Glider Yachts Limited, the British luxury yacht designer and manufacturer, unveiled its first Glider – 18m SS18. She brings a new dimension in high-speed luxury travel, offering Owners high performance and comfort.

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(Photos: Glider Yachts - SS18)

As the brainchild of Glider’s Managing Director Rob McCall, the Glider SS18 has been eight years in the making, with meticulous planning, design and world-class British engineering – using best practice and expertise from Formula One and the aerospace industry, including a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS). This will enable comfort whilst at anchor, cruising or at speed without the bumpiness associated with traditional sports boats.

Powered by four 270 BHP supercharged engines, the incredible stability and power delivers unprecedented cruising opportunities for Owners; bringing previously out of range destinations within an easy reach. A trip from Monaco to Saint Tropez or Miami to the Bahamas will take 45 minutes with SS18. The shallow draft allows access to out of reach bays, anchoring close to the shore and even beach landings.

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The SS18 is the first in a series of luxury superyachts, ranging from 18 to 80 metres, to be hand-built by master craftsmen at Burgess Marine on the south coast of the UK. This follows a £100 million all-British deal between the two firms.

“It’s been a great pleasure to work with Rob on such an innovative and revolutionary build,” comments Burgess Marine Managing Director Nicholas Warren. “He has to take complete credit for not only ‘reinventing the wheel’ but for potentially revolutionising an industry, mindset and previously stagnant product range.  Rob’s design is striking and unique, and with his use of state-of-art technology he’s every reason to be proud of both the prototype and also the developing brand.”

Glider Yachts was assessed by both HPi Verification Services and the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics during the design and build of its debut luxury yacht. 

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(Glider monogrammed cockpit)

“Craft as innovative as Gliders were not in the minds of the various committees when they wrote the technical standards for the boat-building industry,” says HPi Verification Services Managing Director Alasdair Reay. “HPi Verification Services has, therefore, worked closely with Glider Yachts to ensure their boats not only meet the regulatory requirements but exceed industry standards.”

“The concept of travelling at speed in a sea way with a reasonable degree of comfort is best addressed with this kind of hull-form,” says Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics Principal Research Engineer Dickon Buckland.  

The SS18 incorporates Corbeau’s specially designed luxury sports seats, which subtly incorporate Glider Yachts’ Atlantic blue in soft leather for the seat outers with light blue quilted Alcantara inners. The cockpit is fully colour-coordinated and customised with chrome edging for the sharp finishing detail.

JL Audio’s premium system was acoustically engineered for the SS18. The SS18 is the first craft in Europe to be fitted with JL Audio’s MM100s MediaMaster head unit and the bespoke audio system was fitted to complement Glider’s minimalist interior.

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Garmin has created a fully integrated bespoke dashboard, underpinned by its state of the art navigation system, incorporating twin 7400 series navigational touch screens to control all of the vessel’s systems and navigation. The dashboard is the epitome of simplicity with embedded touch screens providing an uncluttered appearance with clear and intuitive control. The underlying technology enables effortless management of all vessel systems and navigation.

BlueFin Yachts, which has an enviable reputation for sublime yacht finishes, has achieved the ultimate finish for the SS18 using traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technologies.

Aalco Metals supplied the highest marine-grade Alcoa aluminium for Glider SS18, from its dedicated high precision marine kit fabrication facility in Southampton, UK.

“We are absolutely thrilled to finally show-off the first Glider to the world,” says McCall. “She is one of the most exciting marine developments in recent years, with eight years in research, design and development, so we’re excited to tell everyone about her daringly different design and revolutionary performance. The SS18 is unlike any other yacht seen in the market to date, with unparalleled design and technological capabilities - we’re sure she is going to be a real game-changer in the superyacht market.”  

British Yacht Gilder Ss18 Unveiled In Europe

London headquartered Glider Yachts has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance luxury yachts and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating our oceans. 

The launch of the SS18 will be closely followed by the faster Hyper Sports (HS18), reaching speeds up to 100 knots. A stunning range of luxury sports limousines and the GT and SX-E range of superyachts up to 80 metres are planned.

Inwards Marine will be responsible for the sales of all of Glider Yachts up to 35 metres including the limousine range and the GT & SX-E 35 range.

Technical Specifications:

Length overall: 18m (60ft)
Maximum beam: 5.3m (17ft)
Draft @ 1/3 laden: 0.32m (1ft)
Construction material: Aluminium & composites
Homologation category: RCD Category B (CE)
Fuel tank capacity: 560 litres
Engines: x 4 Yamaha @270bhp
Total horsepower: 1080bhp
Speed: 56 knots (65mph/103kph)
Long range tank range: 340nm (optional)
Range @ 50 knots: 130nm
Capacity: Seating for pilot plus 4 passengers