Is This the Next Best Performance Cruiser?


E6 sail boat

Elan Yachts joined forces with Pininfarina, the legendary design studio from Turin, Italy, along with nautical architecture studio Humphreys Yacht Design and composite specialists, Gurit to create the best new performance cruiser. The yacht was now revealed to be the largest addition to Elan’s performance range, the 47 ft Elan E6.

Elan E 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 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 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 yacht’s aesthetics were designed by Pininfarina

Pininfarina is the reason behind the E6’s head-turning looks. It is, after all, the 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. 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 few fluid lines to give it a unique character.


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 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 for the E6 is also expected to be quick in light airs.

Sailing boat Elan

Technology with Gurit

Elan was one of the first shipyards to introduce vacuum assisted infusion lamination technology to the word of sailing yachts and had continuously led the charge in this area. However, for this project, Elan’s internal composite specialists pushed their know how 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 gains on the composite parts and considerable improvements of the hull’s mechanical properties.

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