Abeking & Rasmussen launches 74.5m superyacht Elandess
by Chris Jefferies
The 2,065GT motor yacht emerged from her shed and was lowered into the water for the first time on May 7. First announced in the 2016 Global Order Book, this steel and aluminium yacht was styled inside and out by the London-based Harrison Eidsgaard design studio, while the Burgess New Construction division provided project management services. This is the owners' second yacht with Abeking & Rasmussen, but the launch of Elandess marks the first collaboration between the German yard and Harrison Eidsgaard.
Elandess has a distinctive exterior styling with an axe-bow, dark hull and low-slung superstructure. The yard had previously explained that the naval architecture was developed in-house with the so-called ‘Atlantic bow’ creating a fine entry point. The name of this feature hints at Elandess's ocean-crossing cruising range, but engine installations and fuel capacity is yet to be released. Sea trials are due to commence shortly along the River Weser and North Sea, with delivery scheduled for summer 2018.
The owner's brief called for modern and spacious yacht that would be equally suited for relaxed family time or entertaining. Much of the interior spaces are open plan and flexible by design to accommodate such needs. And there are a variety of interesting communal spaces, from the 8 x 2.5 metre superyacht swimming pool on the massive sun deck to the Nemo Lounge below the waterline and an observation lounge on the upper deck.
Guest accommodation is split across six staterooms, including an owner’s cabin on the main deck. What’s more, the interior fitting was carried out in collaboration with Rodiek, who previously worked with the boatbuilder on the 60 metre Kaiser, which hit the water in 2011.
Two other superyacht projects are known to be under development at the yard, but both of them are subject to strict confidentiality agreements.