Neptune Marine, the Dutch boat builder known for works like the Elling E3 and Elling E4 cruiser yachts, has dropped the first hints of its latest pride and joy, or as the company itself prefers to call it, “the next generation” model of its high popular E-Series line, the Elling E6.
The company’s new cruiser yacht under the Elling brand is expected to take the reigns from its two smaller siblings and give prospective yacht owners a flagship model that’s worthy of the label. At least that’s what I took from Neptune Marine’s bold proclamations, touting the E-Series E6 as the “culmination of its achievements in contemporary luxury yacht design.”
Obviously, the company feels strongly enough about the E6 that it’s promising a whole new level of class and luxury to anybody willing to lend an ear. Whether or not it succeeds in that regard is a matter for another day. For now, the E6 does look promising, especially when it’s touted as having an extra 16 feet of luxury space compared to its predecessors.
The E6 will also feature a reinforced Kevlar hull, which is arguably one of the toughest materials to use on the hull and serves as proof that Neptune Marine isn’t taking any shortcuts on its new baby.
Accommodations is another hallmark of the company’s goal to provide first-class luxury for its customers. That’s a big reason why the E6 is being prepared to have enough space to accommodate as many as four people alongside the twin helm station and up eight people in the lower saloon. The yacht will also have a handful of overnight rooms at its disposal, including a full-beam owner’s cabin, forward VIP double, starboard guest cabin, and a crew cabin in the transom.
Over on the performance side, the E6 is expected to come with a Volvo Penta D13 engine that packs a walloping 900 horsepower, enough to reach speeds in excess of 18 knots. Prospective owners can also use an auxiliary Penta D2 engine that pumps out 75 horsepower with a top speed of 7 knots in case the primary power train bogs down.
The only downside to the Elling E6 today is that its debut isn’t scheduled until May 2016. That’s almost a year’s worth of speculating on how the cruiser yacht’s going to ride in the open seas. But as far as issues go, that’s a good one to have if prospective customers are already taking favorably about it.