Full details of Elan Yachts’ next-generation flagship model, the Elan GT6, have been revealed. The new Elan GT6 is the result of a three-way collaboration between Elan Yachts, Humphreys Yacht Design and Studio F A Porsche. This is the first time that Studio F A Porsche has been deeply involved in the design of a sailing yacht.
Elan GT6: first video
For the Elan GT6, Rob Humphreys has designed a new performing hull and an innovative sail plan in order to best embody the spirit of the “Grand Tourer”, which is a distinctive feature of the Elan Yachts GT range. The high-performance hull and sailplan are optimised for short-handed, medium-range cruising.
A key aspect of the Humphreys design philosophy is balancing raw power and outright speed with control, good handling characteristics and the ability to easily sustain maximum performance for the duration of a long passage in a wide range of wind and sea conditions while minimising the effort required by the yacht’s autopilot and crew.
Inspired by Formula 1
One feature, rarely seen on a yacht of this size is the deck profile: completely flush forward of the mast with a subtle, elegantly streamlined deck saloon further aft. The cockpit layout is a blend of Studio F. A. Porsche’s minimalist style and ergonomics with Elan’s 70 years of craftsmanship know-how.
“The twin wheels are inspired by the shape and lightness of a Formula 1 car’s suspension,” says Christian Schwamkrug, design director at Studio F. A. Porsche. “The steering pillars and the floating stern of the yacht take their design approach from nature itself – resembling spread seagull wings and stingray fins. The design of the hull represents a well balanced combination of sharp and distinctive lines and soft, almost sculptured surfaces.“
Designing the GT experience
Inside the Elan GT6
Inside the Elan GT6 is a practical layout with the galley at the forward end of the saloon. This frees up space further aft for a huge full-beam saloon.
The owner’s suite is the forecabin with a king-size island double bed facing aft and a good view out through the large through-hull windows on both sides. There’s ample stowage in smart, unobtrusive eye-level lockers throughout the saloon, galley and forecabin.
Raised hardwood fiddles that flow around the edges of the furniture tops serve as useful handholds as well as stopping loose items from sliding onto the cabin sole.
The launch of the new Elan GT6 is planned in Spring 2020.
Elan GT6 specs
|LENGTH OVERALL||15,2 m | 49,9 ft|
|HULL LENGTH||14,325 m | 47 ft|
|LENGTH AT WATERLINE||13,495 m | 44,3 ft|
|BEAM||4,49 m | 14,7 ft|
|DRAFT (standard)||2,45 m T shape | 8 ft|
|AIR DRAFT (Incl Antenna)||21,9 m | 71,9 feet|
|LIGHT DISPLACEMENT (mLCC)||14.327 kg|
|WATER CAPACITY (STANDARD)||500 l | 132 gallons|
|FUEL CAPACITY||300 l | 80 gallons|
|Volvo Penta 60|
57 HP Yanmar
75 HP Volvo Penta
80 HP Yanmar
|EXT AND INTERIOR DESIGN:|
|Studio F. A. Porsche|
Humphreys Yachts Design