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Elan GT5

Sailboat specifications

The Elan GT5 is a 40’8” (12.41m) fast cruising sailboat designed by Humphreys Yacht Design (United Kingdom). She is built since 2016 by Elan Yachts (Slovenia). She has been awarded "2018 - Cruising World - Boat of the Year: Midsize Cruiser 40 to 44 Feet".

Elan GT5's main features

Elan GT5
Hull type
Offshore fast cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
Sandwich fiberglass polyester (vacuum infusion)
First built hull
Last built hull
Still in production
  • 2018: Cruising World - Boat of the Year: Midsize Cruiser 40 to 44 Feet
    Keel : fin with bulb
    Twin helm wheels
    Twin spade rudders
    EC design category
     iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

    A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
    B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
    C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
    D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
    Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)
    250 000

    Elan GT5's main dimensions

    Overall length
    43’ 4”13.2 m
    Hull length
    40’ 8”12.41 m
    Waterline length
    38’11.58 m
    Beam (width)
    12’ 10”3.91 m
    8’2.45 m
    Mast height from DWL
    60’ 4”18.39 m
    Light displacement (MLC)
    18298 lb8300 kg
    Ballast weight
    5952 lb2700 kg

    Elan GT5's rig and sails

    Upwind sail area
    907 ft²84.3 m²
    Mainsail area
    497 ft²46.2 m²
    Genoa area
    410 ft²38.1 m²
    Rigging type
    Sloop Marconi 7/8
    Mast configuration
    Deck stepped mast
    Rotating spars
    Number of levels of spreaders
    Spreaders angle
    Spars construction
    Aluminum spars

    Elan GT5's performances

    Upwind sail area to displacement
     iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.

    The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.

    Upwind: under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
    221 ft²/T20.56 m²/T
    Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
     iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
    The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:

    a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
    Ballast ratio
     iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

    The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
    33 %
    Critical hull speed
     iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
    The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
    8.26 knots

    Elan GT5's auxiliary engine

    1 inboard engine
    Engine(s) power
    38 HP
    Fuel type
    Fuel tank capacity
    44.9 gal170 liters

    Elan GT5's accommodations and layout

    Closing aft cockpit with opening system
    Cabin(s) (min./max.)
    2 / 3
    Berth(s) (min./max.)
    4 / 8
    Head(s) (min./max.)
    1 / 2
    Freshwater tank capacity
    58.1 gal220 liters
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