Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, 20 July 2020:
Elan Yachts is pleased to announce that construction of the first Elan GT6 – the Slovenian shipyard’s brand new flagship model – was completed on Friday 17 July and is now being prepared for launch on the Adriatic coast.
A next-generation fast cruising yacht built in premium hi-tech materials with distinctively sleek lines and a unique, luxurious interior, the 49ft GT6 has a high-performance hull and sailplan drawn by Humphreys Yacht Design and is the first production sailing yacht ever to be styled by Studio F. A. Porsche.
Preliminary tests and sea trials of the first Elan GT6 will soon be under way. After a comprehensive optimisation process to maximise its performance and ease of handling, the GT6 will be available for public viewing from October onwards.
To showcase innovative new models, provide a risk-free alternative to boat shows and offer the best possible yacht buying experience, Elan Yachts has created a unique Elan Yachting Experience (EYE) Centre in the beautiful resort town of Portorož on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast.
From October onwards, buyers who visit the new EYE Centre will be able to sail and evaluate all three series of Elan yachts – the exhilarating performance of the sporty E Line, the easy handling of the cruising Impression Line and the exclusive luxury of the new GT Line – while enjoying an Elan experience that is tailored to their individual needs.
The first three Elan models on show at the EYE Centre will be the brand new GT6, the best-selling I45.1 and the performance-oriented E4. More models will be added to the EYE Centre fleet in due course.
Two first-class experience packages are available, with five-star hotel accommodation and fine dining included. The one-day Elan Yachting Experience enables buyers to sail the Elan yacht on their shortlist in one of the world’s best cruising grounds. The two-day Elan Yachting Experience also includes a bespoke guided tour of the Elan shipyard in Begunje where buyers can inspect the hi-tech production facility and meet the craftsmen and composite engineers who build Elan yachts.
The EYE Centre also offers yacht buyers a much higher degree of personal safety. Slovenia has battled the COVID-19 crisis very effectively and is on the current Green List of most other countries around the world. Buyers can rest assured that comprehensive safety measures will be in place throughout their trip.
With the safety of staff and customers foremost in mind, plus the uncertainty and logistical challenges associated with the shows that have not yet been cancelled, Elan Yachts has made the difficult decision to withdraw from nearly all of this autumn’s boat shows.
A limited range of Elan yachts might still be exhibited at the Genoa International Boat Show in November but for safety reasons related to the pandemic, that decision must be made closer to the time.
Elan’s new flagship GT6 will not make its boat show début until January 2021 at the earliest. The GT6 and other Elan yachts will be exhibited at Boot Düsseldorf if it is safe and practical to do so. In the meantime, buyers can arrange a trip to the new Elan Yachting Experience Centre in Slovenia where very strict safety measures are in place (see above) or make individual arrangements with the Elan dealer in their own country.