Superyacht of the week: The H2 designed Bilgin Elada

The 45 metre semi-displacement superyacht, Elada, was built by the Turkish shipyard, Bilgin Yachts. After signing the contract for the vessel in 2012, she was launched earlier this year and is a development of the 40 metre superyacht M, which was launched, also by Bilgin, in 2012. She features both interior and exterior designs by H2 Yacht Design, and is easily recognisable for her unusual reverse bow.

When designing Elada, though it was the reverse bow concept and strong, simple lines of M that drew the owner to the design, the design evolved in several ways. Firstly, the vessel has been lengthened by 5 metres in total, and a softer superstructure was developed to give a subtly different, but very unique exterior. Though the design is perhaps unusual, Bilgin Yachts assures that the performance, reliability or any other integral factors are not compromised in any way. The deck spaces are substantial, the interior volume is extremely high and the windows flood the interior with light. She is built out of wood, like a lot of Bilgin yachts, which Yildirim Bilgen of Bilgin Yachts commented is a, “construction method that is as strong as GRP construction.”


As part of this development, H2 Yacht Design also introduced the blue painted highlights across the superstructure to give a very personalised look, and certainly one that would stand out from the crowd. The blue was especially selected by the owner and reflects the individuality of both the yacht and the owner themselves.

Some of the main features of the exterior are include the folding transom door with access to a large beach club and generous amounts of space perfect for sun lounging and relaxation. Connecting the bridge deck to the sky lounge is an exterior dining table that easily seats up to 12, making al fresco dining easy, convenient and extremely enjoyable.


Elada’s exterior spaces provide ample room for sun lounging, relaxation and entertainment. Her high bulwarks wrapping round the front deck protect a large seating area and also work to protect one of the two Jacuzzi’s on board, one located on the bridge deck forward, the other located on the sundeck forward and including wraparound bar seating and lounging space aft. Both of the Jacuzzi’s are spacious and come with a glass front.

The brief for the interior was to reflect a blend of classic and modern styling with an emphasis on the use of quality, high glossed veneers to achieve this finish. The contrast to the exterior is vast, and can be a bit of a shock at first. However, despite the innovative and unique exterior design, Johnnie Horsfield of H2 Yacht Design comments that, “the owner had very particular requirements that the interior should be timeless and quite traditional. This resulted in fine detailing throughout the yacht that can be appreciated in every cabin and public space.”


A recurring theme of a hand finished ribbed and scalloped wood detailing repeats throughout the yacht and is highlighted with decorative and indirect lighting in all areas. Materials used throughout the interiors include pelisandro, beli, madrano burl, imbuya pomela, ebony macassar, wenge, backlit honey onyx and backlit wild agate – to name but a few.

Elada accommodates up to 12 guests over 6 luxurious cabins, including four double/twin guest en suite cabins on the lower deck, as well as a VIP cabin located forward on the main deck which includes a private VIP lounge. The ultimate in private luxury, however, has been reserved for the owners suite. Located on the bridge deck, the commodious area opens onto a large private aft terrace, guaranteeing the utmost exclusivity. The owners suite also comes with a sophisticated office complete with skylight, and beautiful backlit onyx detailing to the bathroom.

Several of her interior features include the formal main saloon & dining area with temperature controlled wine fridges, as well as the indoor/outdoor sky lounge with large skylight. Conveniently, the sky lounge converts to a second owners cabin with king size bed, private office and bathroom.


In regards to her performance, she is powered by 2x CAT C32 1900bhp 2300 rpm Marine Diesel Engines, providing her with a maximum speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. At an eco speed of 12 knots, she has a range of 2600 miles, at 15 knots she has a range of 1250 miles, and at maximum speed she has a total range of 700 miles.


Delivered to her happy owner earlier this year, she will be used privately and is not currently being considered for charter business. She is intended for use for coastal and offshore cruising around Europe and the Mediterranean.

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