Australian motorboat builder Elandra Yachts has announced that two of its 53ft models will debut at upcoming Sydney International Boat Show.
“The Elandra 53 is a game-changing boat,” says Elandra’s co-founder and director Luke Durman. “This is a true long-range cruising motor yacht which will equally appeal to the owner who wants to stay aboard for a weekend or a week with friends and cruise the waterways of Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and way beyond”.
Since its launch in August 2014, response to Australia’s newest motoryacht marquee has been extremely positive, resulting in the sale of three boats. Interest from New Zealand and the US has also buoyed the team at Elandra, the company says.
“We designed and built the Elandra 53 to superyacht quality – the result is superior performance, reliability and extended durability, which people have responded to,” adds Durman. “We are delighted by the market acceptance of Elandra. It’s a great endorsement. We are now well underway with construction on hull no. 3 and are confident of orders from Sydney.”
The boatbuilder believes the strong NSW economy and consumer confidence bode well for the brand’s Sydney Boat Show debut.
“There is a real optimism in the market. We took boat number 1 to The Spit in Sydney last year and it sold within a month,” Durman says.
Elandra Yachts claims that points of difference include its spacious free-flowing design, superyacht-standard finishes, superior engineering and performance and intelligent electrical systems.
The design embraces the single-level entertainment concept, from its spacious cockpit through glass bi-fold doors to the convertible saloon lounge/dinette and galley. And Tom Barry-Cotter has designed a number of alternative saloon and galley arrangements depending on an owners style of boating.
The 53 is configured with a three-cabin, two bathroom accommodation plan including a full beam master suite amidships. Adjacent to the full beam master is a lavish ensuite with private WC and private shower – the amenities you would expect of a superyacht.
“This is a big volume boat,” says Durman referring to the beam of 5.25m. “You get a sense of space more comparable to a 60-footer. And the finishes are to superyacht standard, appealing to all the senses.”
The CZone system controls the entire boat’s electrical systems, allowing owners to select operating modes such as cruising, dock attended or dock unattended. It also monitors the batteries and links with the inverters and massive 25kVa genset, resulting in effortless power management.
Above the large hydraulic-lift swim platform, the garage is designed for a 2.8-metre Williams Jet Tender with activation by a sophisticated launch and retrieve system.
The engine room boasts full-standing height and designers have created ingenious and cavernous twin lazarette bays on each side of the garage.
Highly competitive fuel-efficiency will be yet another feature that will appeal to this discerning market.
The hull composition is a large part of this, using three layers of quadraxial E-Glass reinforced with Kevlar and a glass-to-resin ratio of around 50:50, resulting in a very lightweight but incredibly strong running surface.
Power is provided by a pair of MAN R6-800 six-cylinder turbo diesel engines with common rail fuel injection. The engines deliver up to a rated 588kW (800hp) of power and 2,700Nm of torque.
“This package sets the boat up for exceptional performance all the way from 18 to 30 knots,” explains general manager Grant Senior. “Our performance results are between eight and nine percent more fuel efficient than rival boats of the same size and horsepower.”
Elandra Yachts has also announced that it will be revealing the next model in the range, the Elandra 49, which is scheduled to be launched at the Sydney Boat Show in 2016.
“We have already sold a version of the 49 – in actual fact a 51 because of the extended hydraulic swim platform. Again, we believe the 49 will fill a niche in the sedan style cruising market.”