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Elandra 53

Elandra 53

Koenig’s First Take: I suspect this boat’s performance level will be equal to her design and construction, and that should bode well for her entrée into the American market.

I have a confession to make. I have a little bit of a soft spot for fledgling Australian builder Elandra. That’s because I saw the company’s very first boat—a 53—while she was still in the mold in a small factory on Australia’s Gold Coast. I remember how the guys in the factory at that point in time were electric with optimism. They knew they were on to something, even if it was still relatively low profile in the yachting world. And I’m happy to report that those optimistic thoughts came to fruition at this past Sydney International Boat Show when Elandra sold not one, not two, but three 53s to eager customers enthralled by the boat’s typically Australian seaworthy nature, and her high levels of customization. One particularly enticing selling point for the 53 is the generous five-year warranty on her hull, which is hand-laid using four layers of quadraxial E-glass reinforced with twin layers of Kevlar. In other words, it’s tough. Other highlights include extremely wide side decks, an engine room with standup headroom (something not often seen on express cruisers this size), and sleek yet robust lines.

The other exciting bit of news coming from the Elandra camp is the company’s impending introduction to the American market next spring. Elandra U.S. rep Mike Usina explains, “Once the boat arrives we intend to show it off at the big fall boat shows, from Newport working our way down to South Florida, with smaller VIP events in between. We really think Americans are going to love this boat when they check her out first hand.”

We’ll see about that. Though I can think of at least one that’s already smitten.

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  • Builder: Elandra
  • Model: Elandra 53
  • Boat Type: Cruiser
  • Year: 2015
  • Base Price: $1,679,895
  • LOA: 54'8"
  • Draft: 3'5"
  • Displacement: 36,000 lb.
  • Fuel Capacity: 793 gal.
  • Water Capacity: 264 gal.
  • Optional Power: 2/800-hp Volvo Penta D13s; 2/900-hp Volvo Penta D13s; 2/800-hp MAN R-6s
  • Cruise Speed: 28 knots
  • Top Speed: 34 knots

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.