Recently, Elan Yachts started teasing the world of sailing with a new project. Pinifarina, the legendary design studio from Turin, Italy, joined the project team, along with nautical architecture studio Humphreys Yacht Design and composite specialists, Gurit . The yacht was now revealed to be the largest addition to Elan’s performance range, the 47 ft Elan E6.
Elan E6 line is on the performance side of Elan’s range. The yachts were among the first in industry to introduce off-shore short-handed racing features into the cruising segment.
Recognised by the active chine design, twin rudders and t-shaped keels, these performance cruisers are the go-to choice for serious sailors who also expect high levels of comfort and cruising amenities for their friends and family.
The E6 is the latest iteration of this ethos, taking all elements of this complicated dance to the next level. It is a fusion of Italian aesthetics, exceptional nautical architecture, and high-tech composite technology.
The E6 challenged our capabilities and pushed the boundaries in terms of technology and design”, explained Marko Škrbin, director of Elan’s nautical division. “However, in concept and spirit, this yacht represents more of a return to our roots”.
The yacht’s aesthetics were designed by Pininfarina
Pininfarina is the reason behind the E6’s head-turning looks. It is, after all, the design powerhouse studio that designed some of Ferrari’s most iconic cars – and more than 600 projects in industrial and transportation design, winning more than 50 awards in the last 10 years. They are no strangers to the nautical world either, as they are responsible for the Wally 101, Persico F70 and Tango Wallycento yachts, among others. For Elan, Pininfarina focused on reinterpreting the E Line’s recognizable looks in their own legendary style and nautical tradition. They gave the E6 a strong sportive connotation, using a few fluid lines to give it a unique character.
“The result is a sailboat with pure shapes and a modern style projected towards the future, which is the direction performance lovers must always look at.” Explains Daniele Mazzon, Pininfarina’s Chief Transportation Designer.
Not Just a Pretty Thing
Behind its beautiful façade, the E6 is intended to be the fastest, lightest and stiffest 47 ft fitted production performance cruisers on the market with a fully fitted interior. A significant contributor to this is the famed naval architecture of Humphreys Yacht Design as they developed a brand new hull to fit the needs of the E6. Different hull form candidates have gone through extensive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modelling and analysis to gauge which would perform the best for the E6 needs.
Results were assessed and compared through the VPP (velocity prediction programs) to fine-tune the hull. Elan’s E-Line yachts are renowned for their excellent performance in a fresh breeze, especially downwind, but the results of this new-generation hull is also expected to be quick in light airs, due to its notably high sail area to displacement ratio. At the same time, the hulls versatility covers a range of displacements to also cater to people requiring greater load carrying capabilities.
Technology with Gurit
Elan was one of the first shipyards to introduce vacuum assisted infusion lamination technology to the word of sailing yachts and we had continuously led the charge in this area. However, for this project, our internal composite specialists challenged their know-how and pushed it to the next level by cooperating with composite industry-leaders, Gurit. Their structural engineering expertise gave the Elan team confidence to push the laminate plan further. The E6 utilizes 3D VAIL process (an advanced version of vacuum infusion lamination), enabling significant weight decrease on the composite parts and considerable improvements of the hull’s mechanical properties.