The new 46m Hoek designed sailing yacht ELFJE by Royal Huisman leaves Harlingen for sea trials

This plumb-bowed Classic Pilot Ketch has been highly optimized for performance. Her long waterline, lifting keel with trim tab and carbon spade rudder is complemented by a powerful, fully-roached sail plan supported by a complete carbon fiber rig package. Intensive CFD tank and wind tunnel testing are already underway as Hoek Design seeks to leverage its extensive knowledge of such projects to fully realize speed and handling potential.

Fine exterior lines and proven sea-keeping characteristics of ELFJE will combine with luxurious and spacious accommodation to create an exceptional yacht with the ability to go anywhere in comfort, style and security. Serious attention will also be given to achieving high levels of energy-efficiency in developing her systems, with an equal commitment to maintaining a design aesthetic that faithfully acknowledges her sailing forebears. A unique interior design will be crafted by the equally renowned Redman Whiteley Dixon design team. Material selection will be based not only on design aesthetics but upon the inherent potential as a renewable resource.

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