The First Glider Turns the Tide of Luxury Boating Forever

The Much Anticipated 18 Metre Glider SS18 is Unveiled

Glider Yachts Limited, the British luxury yacht designer and manufacturer, is delighted to unveil its much anticipated first ever Glider. As the most revolutionary high performance craft available in the world today, Glider’s debut and prototype model, the 18-metre SS18, simply known as ‘M’, brings a new dimension in high speed luxury travel, offering owners unparalleled performance and comfort.

As the brainchild of Rob McCall, Glider’s Managing Director, the Glider SS18 has been eight years in the making, with meticulous planning, design and world-class British engineering – using best practice and expertise from Formula One and the aerospace industry, including a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS). This will enable the ultimate comfort whilst at anchor, cruising or at speed without the bumpiness associated with traditional sports boats, even in the choppiest of seas.

Powered by four 270 BHP supercharged engines, the incredible stability and power delivers unprecedented cruising opportunities for owners; bringing previously out of range destinations within an easy reach. A trip from Monaco to Saint Tropez or Miami to the Bahamas will take just 45 minutes. The shallow draft allows access to out of reach bays, anchoring close to the shore and even beach landings.

The SS18 is the first in a series of luxury superyachts, ranging from 18 to 80 metres, to be hand-built by master craftsmen at Burgess Marine on the south coast of the UK. This follows a £100 million all-British deal between the two firms.

Commenting on the momentous build completion, Nicholas Warren, Managing Director at Burgess Marine said: “It’s been a great pleasure to work with Rob on such an innovative and revolutionary build.  He has to take complete credit for not only ‘reinventing the wheel’ but for potentially revolutionising an industry, mind set and previously stagnant product range.  Rob’s design is striking and unique, and with his use of state-of-art technology he’s every reason to be proud of both the prototype and also the developing brand.”

Glider Yachts has received the highest level of boating industry accreditation, having been assessed by both HPi Verification Services and the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics during the design and build of its debut luxury yacht.

Alasdair Reay, Managing Director, HPi Verification Services said: “Craft as innovative as Gliders were not in the minds of the various committees when they wrote the technical standards for the boat-building industry. HPi Verification Services has, therefore, worked closely with Glider Yachts to ensure their boats not only meet the regulatory requirements but exceed industry standards.”

Dickon Buckland, Principal Research Engineer at Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics said: “The concept of travelling at speed in a sea way with a reasonable degree of comfort is best addressed with this kind of hull-form.”

Glider Yachts has partnered with the world’s finest in each field, from materials, design, software and engineering to global sales. All have committed to being part of the global Glider Yachts team delivering the worlds most advanced high speed luxury yachts.

The SS18 incorporates Corbeau’s specially designed luxury sports seats, which subtly incorporate Glider Yachts’ Atlantic blue in soft leather for the seat outers with light blue quilted Alcantara inners.  The cockpit is fully colour coordinated and customised with chrome edging for that sharp finishing detail.

JL Audio’s premium system has been acoustically engineered for the SS18, to gain the ultimate sound experience for its passengers. The SS18 is the first craft in Europe to be fitted with JL Audio’s highly anticipated MM100s MediaMaster head unit and the bespoke audio system has been fitted to complement Glider’s minimalist interior.

Garmin has created a fully integrated bespoke dashboard, underpinned by its state of the art navigation system, incorporating twin 7400 series navigational touch screens to control all of the vessel’s systems and navigation. The dashboard is the epitome of simplicity with embedded touch screens providing an uncluttered appearance with clear and intuitive control. The underlying technology enables effortless management of all vessel systems and navigation.

BlueFin Yachts, which has an enviable reputation for sublime yacht finishes, has achieved the ultimate finish for the SS18 using traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technologies.

Aalco Metals supplied the highest marine-grade Alcoa aluminium for Glider Yachts’ SS18, from its dedicated high precision marine kit fabrication facility in Southampton, UK.

Robert McCall, Managing Director of Glider Yachts, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to finally show-off the first Glider to the world. She is one of the most exciting marine developments in recent years, with eight years in research, design and development, so we’re excited to tell everyone about her daringly different design and revolutionary performance. The SS18 is unlike any other yacht seen in the market to date, with unparalleled design and technological capabilities - we’re sure she is going to be a real game-changer in the superyacht market.”

Gliders Yachts’ unique hull form[1], propulsion and Stability Control System (SCS) actually tune to the sea conditions allowing the SS18’s passengers to “glide” over the waves in unprecedented comfort at up to 56 knots.

London headquartered Glider Yachts has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance luxury yachts and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating our oceans.

The launch of the SS18 will be closely followed by the faster Hyper Sports (HS18), reaching speeds up to 100 knots. A stunning range of luxury sports limousines and the GT and SX-E range of superyachts up to 80 metres are planned.

Inwards Marine will be responsible for the sales of all of Glider Yachts up to 35 metres including the limousine range and the GT & SX-E 35 range.


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Technical note:

Notes for Editors

General Specifications:

Length overall:                                18m (60ft)

Maximum beam:                           5.3m (17ft)

Draft @ 1/3 laden:                          0.32m (1ft)

Construction material:                  Aluminium & composites

Homologation category:              RCD Category B (CE)

Fuel tank capacity:                       560 litres

Engines:                                           x 4 Yamaha @270bhp

Total horsepower:                          1080bhp

Speed:                                             56 knots (65mph/103kph)

Long range tank range:                340nm (optional)

Range @ 50 knots                          130nm

Capacity                                         Seating for pilot plus 4 passengers

About Glider

Glider is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see for more information.

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[1] Glider is neither a catamaran nor a SWATH and should not be referred to as such. Its unique hull form has been designed to glide over the waves to offer a completely smooth ride.


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