Thomas Tison
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S.Y. ELIDA was created via discussion with her owner, an 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 the latest racing yachts but with a lightweight interior able to accommodate a family for short cruises and a timber hull construction and appearance.

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 material testing conducted at an Airbus facility, the density based material selection conducted by Jachwerft Koenigstein and the development of a specific lightweight epoxy based adhesive ensure the hull was built with the best possible available materials.

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 a specialist composite yard for the construction of the carbon parts (structure and deck).