• Superyacht Elandess won four awards at the annual Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in January, including best interior and exterior design.
  • Elandess was the most decorated boat at the show: No other yacht won more than one award a piece.
  • The custom-built yacht is owned by Travelex founder Lloyd Dorfman and features the second-ever sub-waterline lounge.


Elandess is the superyacht to watch in 2019.

The 74-meter yacht took home four awards at this year's Boat International Design & Innovation Awards. For its class size category, Elandess won Best Exterior Styling, Best Interior Design, Best General Arrangement & Deck Design, and Best Lifestyle Feature Design.

Abeking & Rasmussen, a prestigious German shipyard, was contracted for naval architecture and building. Interior and exterior styling and design work on the boat was done by Harrison Eidsgaard.

Elandess on the River Thames in July 2018 after making its maiden voyage to London that week.
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Elandess is owned by billionaire Lloyd Dorfman, who commissioned the work from scratch with Abeking & Rasmussen. Dorfman is the founder of currency exchange company Travelex, and has a net worth of around $1.2 billion (roughly R16 billion). This is his third yacht, and his second with Abeking & Rasmussen. This superyacht replaces the previous Elandess - now called Elypsian - which sold for $55 million (roughly R794 million). Alongside his yachts, Dorfman also owns a $60 million (R866 million) jet.

The state-of-the-art vessel was first spotted in summer 2018 in London. It made its first Atlantic crossing in the fall, where it was featured at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.

The sun deck offers open seating for Elandess' many guests.

To accommodate Dorfman, his family, and any additional passengers, the custom-built yacht can house 14 guests across seven cabins. According to Boat International, one of the main requests was for the ship to function as a mobile second home, as opposed to just a mode of transportation. The second home has three decks, and the top features a pool, while interior space allows room for Dorfman's art collection.

As designer Harrison Eidsgaard told Yacht Harbour, "Walking through Elandess, no two spaces feel the same; each area has its own character creating drama and interest at every turn."

The sub-level Neptune Lounge is one of the defining features of Elandess.

Despite the top deck's beautiful view, there's even more to be seen below the water level.

According to Official Bespoke, "There's little question as to the best view on board, though. Elandess's sub-waterline Neptune Lounge - only the second in existence - gives spectacular access to life above and below the waterline."

The windows in the lounge measure nearly 10 feet (3 meters) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) thick; like other aspects of the boat, the idea was inspired by the previous Elandess' lounge.

The dining hall is one component of the the yacht's award-winning interior decorating.

Just prior to its awards competition, Boat International published an exclusive interview with Dorfman regarding the construction and reception of his new luxury yacht. Dorfman discussed how his family - including his many grandchildren - tested the ship this summer, noting, "You can't just Google a formula for how to design a yacht for a certain number of people. You have to be involved."

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