New Australian builder sets sights on U.S.
If you haven’t heard the name Elandra yet, don’t fret. Elandra Yachts is a new Australia-based builder that is only now launching its first yacht, but its founders have their collective vision turned toward the U.S. and its huge market.
The builder has two models on the board, the Elandra 49 and the Elandra 53 (a 60-foot-plus model is being developed). The 49 is scheduled to launch at next year’s Sydney International Boat Show, and the 53 is scheduled to make its U.S. debut in late 2016, but that doesn’t mean interested buyers can’t get in the queue for these customizable yachts.
The general layout of the 53’s main cabin has an L-shaped dining settee aft to port, across from the galley. Forward of the settee is its mirror-image, a settee that shares the forward half of the cabin with the twin-seat helm station. The cockpit has a settee aft with a rectangular table — alfresco
dining and cocktails will be popular here. In addition, a built-in unit on the bulkhead between the cockpit and the cabin houses a Teppanyaki grill and a sink. With the sliding doors open,the main deck is one unbroken space. Sidedecks lead forward to a sunpad for two or more people.
Three cabins share the belowdecks space. Spanning the 17-foo
t, 3-inch beam amidships is the master stateroom, a retreat with a lounge to starboard and an en suite head to port. It’s down three steps from the other two staterooms, to provide a sense of isolation and privacy. Large port-side windows will allow plenty of natural light to flood the space. The VIP cabin is in the bow. Its queen berth is canted to deliver more space. It shares the second head with the third stateroom, which features two bunks.
Despite its 17-foot-plus beam, the 53 still manages to look sleek, starting at the plumb bow, and maintain a low profile. One thing you might not expect in a 53-footer is a tender garage, but the Elandra has one, with lazarette space to either side.
Performance is driven by an 800 hp MAN R6 diesel, which powered the yacht to 34.3 knots in manufacturer testing. Fuel burn was 80.3 gph at that speed. Take it down to 27.5 knots, and fuel burn drops to 50.9 gph, for a 385-mile range.
Elandra — native Australian for “home by the sea” — isn’t in the U.S. yet, so consider this your sneak peek.