Yacht Style|Issue 53
The ILIAD 50 was first of the range to be launched, and was unveiled at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with the inaugural model selling to a keen couple just minutes before its official christening. Four more ILIAD 50s have since been sold plus two ILIAD 70s following the larger model’s launch at last year’s Sydney International Boat Show. The upcoming ILIAD 60, due for release in late 2020, has already had two orders placed.
ILIAD catamarans CEO Mark Elkington said the brand’s first year results have been an amazing testament to the years of research and development invested in the range by its internationally accredited team of designers and naval architects.
“While we wanted to first and foremost create a range that allowed buyers to design a power boat that suited their unique needs without the exorbitant cost, we also have employed the finest minds in naval architecture to ensure each boat delivers outstanding passage-making performance”, Mark said.
“We set out to develop true long-range power catamarans that make no compromises, and each cat has been designed with an emphasis on safety, strength, stability and economy”, he said.
The catamarans are particularly unique in that clients are able to customise many aspects of their chosen model to reflect their individual style and needs but without the epic cost involved in changing aspects of most production and semi-production power catamarans.
Clients are free to choose their own preferred layout, interior finishes, electronics package, fabrics, engine options and more, at an extremely cost-efficient rate.
All of the ILIAD catamarans are also sheer achievements in power cat design, delivering safe and comfortable offshore performance with some of the longest-range capabilities in their market segment (2500 nm-6000 nm), he said.
The ILIAD catamarans brand results from a successful collaboration of Riccardo Bulgarelli, Global Marine and Xinlong shipyard, with all entities bringing a wealth of expertise to the project.
The range is produced at Zhanjiang at YuanHe Xinlong shipyard, one of the few established shipyards in China that constructs premium quality explorer-type boats for the world market and uses only the highest quality of internationally imported materials.
Its impressive facility near Hainan overlooks the famous Zhanjiang Bay Bridge with waterfront launching access and boasts an expansive team of internationally trained staff who have already made waves in the industry with the construction of Bering’s luxurious 65, 77 and 80- foot motor yachts.
The mastermind behind the design of the ILIAD range is renowned naval architect Riccardo Bulgarelli who worked in Italy for many years for some of the world’s leading shipyards before establishing his own design office in China.
Bulgarelli has designed and project-managed the build of many exclusive custom vessels as large as 112 ft for successful export to the world market. Global Marine is currently developing a strategic international dealer network for the brand.
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