With a couple clicks of a mouse and taps on a keyboard, Elandra’s lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, pulls up profile-view line drawings of Elandra’s new 49 on the screen. He then pulls up the profile view of the company’s first model, a 53-footer, for an easy side-by-side comparison.
Luke Durham (top) and Barry-Cotter (above) are creating their own legacy with Elandra.
“You see that headroom isn’t going to be a problem on this boat,” says Barry-Cotter, son of legendary Aussie builder Bill Barry-Cotter (who, as we went to press, had just completed the purchase of Elandra and rolled it into his Maritimo brand). Creating new saloon configurations within seconds, it’s clear that he won’t have much trouble stepping out of his old man’s shadow.
With a swirl of his mouse, he swings the drawing around to show another angle of the hull, the better to demonstrate how similar it is to that of the 53, which features a sharp, wave-slicing bow and an almost Carolina-sportfish-level of flare. This combination should keep things smooth and dry in notoriously rough Aussie seas. But what’s most interesting is that the boat carries most of her 16-foot, 7-inch beam all the way forward. As with the 53, that hull style should create the feeling of being inside a significantly larger boat. An open floor plan, with large bi-fold doors and windows, also helps with that illusion.
A well-appointed and bright master, VIP, and guest stateroom (choose twins or a double berth) allow up to six guests to cruise in comfort for an extended period.
Twin 670-horspower Volvo Penta D11s and a 660-gallon fuel tank should provide a range near 700 miles. For perspective, that’s the approximate cruising distance from Boston to Baltimore.
With the ink still drying on Maritimo’s acquisition of Elandra, there’s some uncertainty as to who will be marketing the boat in the U.S.. Maritimo Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Haines says the company is “proceeding with the new 49 Elandra, but hasn’t decided how we are going to brand the range going forward.”
One thing is certain, however: If the original concepts for the 49 are brought to fruition, it will be a highly coveted boat in the U.S. and abroad.
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