Owner’s original Brief (2014)

The owner sat with Mark Stothard and explained that he wanted to build a shadow vessel in catamaran form to support the build of the 84m Super Yacht by way of carrying most of the tenders and housing more crew and a heli deck. In addition to the above, Charley has 2 extensive refit stations in the aft hulls, a 12m cat dive vessel housed on the back of Charley by way of a big forklift arrangement and also a decompression chamber installed. The owner also wanted to explore the possibility of building the shadow vessel out of GRP, so the team at Echo found some retired knowledge about vacuum infusion techniques, built the team, did the reattach and R&D and built Charley in 2 years from vacuum infused GRP and carbon fibre.