New Sailboat ‘Elida’ Combines Classic Materials With Modern Technology – Robb Report

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The word “bespoke” is often used in the marine industry, but Thomas TissonThe latest creation really deserves this description.

The French naval architect, who currently works for Britain’s America’s Cup team, has unveiled a sleek new vessel that has been custom built for a client looking for a cross between a high-speed racer and a classic wooden sailboat. The end result is a 49ft that eschews the current trend of minimalist carbon fiber race boats in favor of what Tison describes as “timeless prestige”.

baptized Elis, the sleek offshore cruiser sports taut, curved lines, with a pronounced flare, inverted sheer line and rounded bilge bend. Tison’s namesake company developed a unique construction method for the hull in which lightweight Alaskan wood was reinforced with woven carbon fiber. The result is an incredibly light yet stiff frame. In fact, Tison even performed extensive testing at an Airbus factory to verify the strength of the material.

Sailboat “Elida” on the high seas.

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Additionally, the hull shape has been optimized with computational fluid dynamics to ensure it performs well in the light to medium wind conditions found in most regattas. The team also developed a new lifting keel system to reduce the draft from 10.5ft to around 8ft and installed an innovative carbon rig to provide competitive gains while racing. According to Tisson, Elis can reach nearly 30 knots at full bank. This speed was a requirement for the owner, who plans to compete in the prestigious Fastnet race and other regattas.

A rendering of the sailboat Elida

A rendering of the sailboat “Elida”.

Seb Olle

“The key to realizing the owner’s vision is having a deep understanding of their underlying needs,” Tison said in a statement. “Even though it is a time-consuming process, this in-depth exploration allows us to come up with unique solutions to create unique boats.”

A rendering of the sailboat Elida

A rendering of the sailboat “Elida”.

Seb Olle

Another request from the owner was to create a comfortable living space on board for his family. After drafting several layouts, the team settled on an open-plan interior which sees the aft cabins flow over the main living section and the chart table hidden behind the companionway. This allowed for a longer cockpit and freed up space for a garage. To top it off, Tison designed a custom heating and ventilation system. The Frenchman even thought about the acoustics and made sure the yacht had a good level of soundproofing.

Elis was recently launched in Germany and is now on its way to a very happy owner.

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