by Abeking & Rasmussen, Donald Starkey Designs, Bannenberg & Rowell Design

Aesthetic excellence and engineering supremacy. Interiors that combine appeal, quotations, and suggestive allusions. Design genius culminates in the spectacular main stairway: a helicoidal sculpture that spirals up from the heart of the yacht towards the light. Yet another new and exclusive creation from Germany’s legendary Abeking & Rasmussen yard, Elandess is the latest in its long list of almost six thousand five hundred yachts, all designed and constructed in-house during its one hundred years and more of history, and all catalogued and documented in the “A&R Yard Number Register”. And once again, a luxury yacht by Abeking & Rasmussen has become the subject of a detailed portrait by Yacht Première. Previously, there was Lady Sheridan, 58 metres / 190 feet, delivered in 2007 with A&R hull number 6477, presented in issue number 5 of Yacht Première. This was followed by Eminence, 78.5 metres / 257 feet, delivered in 2008 with A&R hull number 6478 and presented in issue number 13 of the magazine. Now it is the turn of Elandess, 60 metres / 197 feet, delivered in 2009 with A&R hull number 6481 and presented in this current issue of Yacht Première.
Like her predecessors, Elandess is also a perfect example of Abeking & Rasmussen’s extraordinary commitment to respecting construction and deliver times. The yacht was actually completed and launched over three months earlier than originally agreed. Halfway through August last year, in fact, the yard handed over Elandess to her Owner just in time for her maiden cruise in the Mediterranean.
She then crossed the Atlantic and, in autumn, thanks to the generosity of her Owner who had granted a request by Abeking & Rasmussen, made her debut in Florida at the 50th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The main dimensional and technical data
With A&R Hull Number 6481, Elandess is based on naval architecture developed entirely in-house by Abeking & Rasmussen and was built using high tensile steel for the hull and a light aluminium alloy for the superstructure. She is fully compliant with the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRoS) classification standards and also meets the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). As far as Elandess’s vital statistics are concerned, she has a length overall of 60.00 metres (197 feet), a length at waterline of 51.80 metres (170 feet), a beam of 10.70 metres (35 feet) and a maximum draught of 3.50 metres (11 feet 6 inches). She has a displacement hull and is equipped with a tunnel bowthruster 630 millimetres/25 inches in diameter driven by a 125-kW electric motor. She is also fitted with a Zero Speed stabilizer system by Quantum Marine, deployable both during cruising and while at anchor, with twin non-retractable lateral active fins controlled by an electro-hydraulic system. Elandess’s engine room houses two V-16 Caterpillar diesel engines, series CAT 3516 Di-TTA, rating B. [...]

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