More details of the Glider Yacht SS18 have emerged ahead of its highly anticipated debut at the Monaco Yacht Show on September 23, 2015. The super yacht that’s been hailed as a game-changer in the industry is set to break a lot of hearts and wallets really soon. But for now, Glider Yachts is content with dropping new details on what we can expect from the SS18.

We already know that Burgess Marine, the UK’s largest independent ship builder, will have a hand in the building and development of the SS18. Glider Yachts will still take the helm in this process, but thanks to a £100 million deal it struck with Burgess Marine, Glider will be able to build all SS18 yachts at a Burgess Marine facility, ensuring that it can use Burgess’ state-of-the-art production facility.

Once the yachts are ready, Glider Yachts will turn over the reins to Inwards Marine, which will then be in charge of selling the beauties at a price that starts at £600,000.
Specifics on the payment methods have yet to be announced, but potential buyers who place orders at Monaco won’t be getting their yachts right away. According to Glider, any orders made during the yacht show can expect delivery of their prized acquisitions seven months later in May 2016.

That’s a long wait for a £600,000 purchase, but Glider’s promising that it’s all going to be worth it. Since the SS18 is its first model, Glider Yachts is pulling out all the stops to make it live up to all the “game-changer” hyperbole. For starters, the multihull cruiser will be powered by four Rotax 4TEC engines, each producing 260 horsepower for a combined output of 1,040 ponies. Top speed has been estimated at 56 knots, although Glider is also preparing bigger versions of the SS18 that can hit in excess of 100 knots.

Aesthetically, the SS18 looks unlike any multihull cruiser we’ve seen in the past. Glider spent seven years designing the concept, eventually creating a proprietary design that includes shallow-draft hulls, allowing beach landings and anchoring in shallow bays. The SS18 will also feature a luxurious interior that’ll drown in chrome, leather and carbon fiber fixtures courtesy of aftermarket interior designer Corbeau.

Continue reading to read more about Glider Yachts’ SS18 multihull cruiser.

Why it matters

I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no way that I’m ever going to even sniff the same air as the Glider Yacht SS18. That’s normally reserved for people who have the financial capability to buy one, or in most cases, rent it out for the weekend. I’m neither of those people so the best I can do is enjoy the SS18 from a distance.

From what I’ve seen of renderings and the like, the SS18 is shaping up to be quite the modern-day marvel. It doesn’t look like a traditional yacht, which I suppose is one of its most important selling points. At first glance, the SS18 actually looks like a high-rise pod with two skis acting as its legs. That said, we all know that the whole architecture of the yacht has a far more sophisticated purpose than I can even begin to imagine.

I’m excited to see the final product because if these renderings do the actual thing any justice, then we could very well find ourselves looking at one of the most audacious-looking maritime boats in recent memory.

Would be nice to get in one of these, wouldn’t it?

Kirby Garlitos
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