Superyacht of the Week: The 60 metre Elandess

Elandess, the 60m triple-decker Abeking & Rasmussen, is an innovative masterpiece. Completed one month before schedule in August 2009, she was designed to unique perfection, with a luxurious interior and ample space for outdoor relaxation. Built by Abeking & Rasmussen, with exterior design by Donald Starkey Designs and interior design created by Bannenberg & Rowell, this displacement yacht is truly one of a kind.

The exterior of Elandess, designed by Donald Starkey Designs, is a modern concept design that offers a classic sophisticated look. There are ample arrangements of outdoor relaxation on all three levels, particularly the aft decks, where the owners and their guests can soak up the sun.

The front of the sundeck offers a rectangular pool which is apt with above average dimensions and surrounded by large sunpads.

As specifically requested by the owner, this yacht contains a distinctively contemporary interior, whilst steering away from excessive modern minimalism. Hence, unique design elements are offered throughout this yacht, these include hints of the 60’s and 70’s which are subtlety introduced and complimented by the original artwork that adorn the walls.

Bannenberg & Rowell was able to maintain its well known high -quality modern design while at the same time offer originality. One king size double cabin of 90sqm was created on the main deck for the owners accompanied by four guest cabins on the lower deck offering space for 12 guest to sail in comfort.

The guest cabin’s bathrooms are decorated with untreated brushed teak cabinets, with separately selected pastel shade, making each one unique.

The skylounge offers a captivating ambiance with gradually changing coloured lighting of various greens and blues creating an inviting atmosphere.

In the main saloon, there is an overall hint of green, ornamented with luxurious modern designer sofas, and a bar equipped with eye-catching green bar stools by Glyn Peter Machn.

Due to the elaborate interior designs, amalgamating some particular elements posed as challenges, namely, the impressive sliver glitz staircase. According to the Abeking team, the interior subcontractor “Rodiek – produced several tenth‐scale models of the stairs before putting into production”, helping to illustrate the required perfection of the finished product.

The dining room is adorned with a contemporary custom made dining table also by Rodiek with a base of glass and hammered metal. According to the designers at Bannenberg & Rowell, they made usage of “black oak, wormy maple and a palette of citrus tones on back‐painted glass. Some of the more unusual materials included glass panels embedded with leaves and raffia and sandwiches of oak and acrylic which were backlit and used in the owner’s study and stateroom.”

Elandess is powered by Caterpillar engines, with a cruising speed of 14 and a maximum speed of 16 knots which allows her to travel to a range of more than 4000 nautical miles. She is a truly unique beauty, which can only be attributed to the successful amalgamation the owners’ personal input, the builders, interior and exterior designers who were able to work together and make ingenious ideas a reality.

Abeking & Rasmussen
+49 (0) 421 67330
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Bannenberg & Rowell Design
+44(0)20 7736 0005
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Donald Starkey Designs
Donald Starkey
+971 4 3422099
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Interior photos by David Churchill /

By Rosie McCall & Photos by Bruce Thomas (exterior) and David Churchill (interior)



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