by Tegan Lawson
Capable of travelling at high speeds while maintaining possibly unrivalled composure, new British luxury yacht manufacturer Glider Yachts has revealed the Super Sports 18 (SS18).
It took six years to plan, design and engineer the 60ft sports yacht, drawing on technology used in Formula 1 cars and the aerospace industry.
The SS18 has a unique stability control system that Glider Yachts says will offer unparalleled performance, comfort and handling. The revolutionary design coupled with four 260bhp Rotax 4TEC engines will allow the superyacht to reach speeds well over 60mph safely and without the discomfort associated with traditional sports boats, even in the choppiest of seas.
As well as cruising at high speeds, the SS18 has a shallow draft that will open up a world of shallow bays, close to shore anchoring and beach landings.
Burgess Marine will build the boats, while the spacious cabin will feature leather, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium hand-made by expert craftsmen.
Chief designer and managing director of Glider Yachts, Robert McCall said, “We are delighted to be revealing details of the SS18 to the world. We have spent many years designing and developing her, so we’re thrilled that she is now a reality. We’ve been asked what’s so special about Gliders and anyone who has travelled at over 30 mph in anything other than flat calm will know it’s an uncomfortable experience. Gliders’ unique hull form, propulsion and Stability Control System (SCS) actually tune to the sea conditions allowing passengers to ‘glide’ over the waves in unprecedented comfort at up to 70mph.
“The SS18 is unlike any other yacht seen in the market, with unparalleled design and technological capabilities – we’re sure she is going to be a game-changer and make a real splash in the superyacht market. I’m excited to see the reaction as we introduce her to the world at leading boat shows this year.”
Glider Yachts will soon introduce the even faster Hyper Sports 18 (HS18), capable of hitting 100mph. Future plans also include sports limousines, as well as the GT and SX-E range of superyachts from 100-265ft.
SS18’s ordered by March 2015 will be delivered in November.
Specifications of the SS18
·         18m x 5.3m
·         Four passengers, plus pilot
·         Powered by 4 x Rotax 4TEC
·         Total BHP – 1040
·         Speed (over 50 knots) =  (60mph  / 100kmh)
·         Prices start from £475,000