The Glider Super Sports (SS18) may look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie but the futuristic yacht is already a reality. Its raised profile, speed and seakeeping abilities are grounded in hydrodynamics, making it the first of its kind. Born out of the concept for a Glider, or “Wave Dominator”, the new vessel holds well in rough passages and provides surprising stability in choppy conditions.
The 59-foot speedboat has a top speed of 56 knots. Its form and function are engineered with processes similar to those used in the aerospace industry, giving the vessel and extra boost. Full details about the boat’s dynamics and form are yet to be revealed although it is known that the hull form, propulsion, and stability control system tune to the sea conditions, allowing the vessel to glide over the waves.
The SS18 will have a starting price of about $1.3 million and will be powered by quadruple engines driving water jets with a total of 1,080 horsepower. It is constructed by Burgess Marine in the UK, and can be completely customized. The company is known for its painstaking approaches used in private jets and F/1 cars. The SS18’s 17-foot-wide cockpit features custom Corbeau leather and Alcantara seats, which are similar to those used in luxury sports cars. The colour-coordinated interior has a modern chrome edging. JL Audio’s premium system is specifically acoustically engineered for the SS18 to provide an exceptional sound experience. According to McCall, the SS18 is the first craft in Europe to be fitted with JL Audio’s MM100s MediaMaster head unit.
The boat has a futuristic helm area with navigational and control touchscreen displays from Garmin that are fully integrated. The embedded touchscreens are in sync with the cockpit’s minimalistic appearance and round off the modern design.