MAKING THE VISION COME TRUE
S.Y. ELIDA was created via discussion with her owner, an experienced offshore racer with a taste for classic timber yachts. The vision of her owner was to create a true offshore racer cruiser, with all the recent advances in deck, rig and sail systems and construction methods found on grand prix racing yachts but with a lightweight interior able to accommodate a family for short cruises and a timber hull construction and appearance.
TECHNOLOGY, NOTHING LEFT TO CHANCE
No project deserves less attention than another one. Treating this project as a true racing yacht, we have reviewed and assessed current timber construction methods. Building on the experience of project Dream Symphony, we have devised a new construction method which results in a remarkably light and stiff hull for a timber construction, of less than 1t.
The hull shell is built from carefully selected spruce planks at +/-45 degrees and is supported by a network of closely spaced carbon continuous stringers. The hull is further stiffened by America’s Cup like global bending tapes optimized numerically. The material testing conducted at Airbus, the density based material selection conducted by Jachwerft Koenigstein and the joint development of a specific lightweight epoxy based adhesive ensure the hull was built with the best possible available materials.
RELATIONSHIPS, WITH A GLOBAL APPROACH
Due to the nature of this project, which maries both advanced composite components and high quality timber construction, TTYD early on proposed to assemble the skills of two yards. Jan Bruegge Bootsbau (Jachtwerft Koenigstein), based in germany, for the hull construction and assembly, and CSC composites, based in Turkey, for the construction of advanced carbon prepreg parts (structural components and deck).
TTYD acts as naval architect, project manager and client representative.