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Big Pimpin'

We’ve seen before what happens when mainstream design and automotive styling find their way into production yachts, from Bertone to BMW via Philippe Starck – let’s be honest, the results have been mixed. When Elan announced a partnership with Studio F.A. Porsche for its new GT6 many were excited by the prospect, but some had their reservations. That said, it’s got a Humphreys hull and sailplan, which is always good.

Seeing the GT6 in the flesh, she looks very good indeed. The chines in the hull’s aft quarters are cleverly disguised in a stretched trapezium-shaped groove that contains the tinted hull windows. The foredeck is clear and flush. Aft of the mast the low coachroof rises with black windows and a narrow line of white GRP underneath to lighten them visually. The coachroof sweeps past the companionway with high cockpit coamings to protect and shelter the cockpit. The contrast between the white hull and black bowsprit, mast and windows boosts her rather assertive marina presence. Read on.