New debut

Two new models from Performance Cruising Yachts will debut at the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show, including its first ever catamaran.

25 July 2022


Sydney-based Performance Cruising Yachts will have three yachts on display at the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS), including two debutantes.

In exciting news, the company is set to debut its first catamaran, the Dufour 48. The award-winning Elan GT6 will also make her SIBS debut, with the Impression 40.1 alongside.

Performance Cruising Yachts is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Dufour Catamarans, formerly owned by Dufour Yachts and purchased by established Italian boat- builders JJL Catamarans in 2020.

Matt Hayes, owner and CEO of Performance Cruising Yachts, Olympic yachtsman and circumnavigator, is looking forward to showcasing the first catamaran from the brand, the Dufour 48.

“We have been selling yachts in the Australian market for 18 years and we are beyond excited to add this prestigious catamaran to our portfolio,” Hayes said.


The Dufour 48 Catamaran is beautifully constructed, built in Italy by Italian craftsmen and designed by the revered and acclaimed Italian naval architect, Umberto Felci.

The cabinetry is of high quality and the layout stylish and ergonomic. There are abundant outdoor living spaces for entertaining and laying in the sun. The sliding galley windows cleverly connect the galley to the lower deck seating area and open the entire lower deck.

There are four well-appointed and air-conditioned double cabins all with queen-size beds and ensuites. This model also offers a separate day head, laundry and skipper’s cabin.

Hayes mentioned it’s the perfect yacht for liveaboard cruising, long ocean journeys or entertaining on the harbour.

Making her debut at SIBS, Elan’s GT6 is well-crafted, emanating from the drawing boards of Porsche and Humphreys Yacht Design.

The GT6 – winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2021 – is a next-generation Grand Tourer that has the perfect balance of speed and power, comfort and luxury, good handling and precise control.

The high-performance hull and sail plan by Humphreys Yacht Design are optimised for short-handed, medium-range cruising.

Three generations of Humphreys/Elan design evolution and extensive CFD modelling have produced a refined yacht that handles like a thoroughbred and delivers exhilarating performance on all points of sail, across the full range of wind and sea conditions.

Unique styling by Studio F. A. Porsche gives the GT6 a strikingly elegant silhouette with sharp, distinctive lines and elaborately curved surfaces that create beautiful flares of light as the yacht moves through the water.

Also on display is the Elan Impression 40.1, a beautiful yacht with many upgraded features. The large cockpit is clad in teak wood and is very spacious, with plenty of seating and storage lockers.

The bimini sunshade covers the entire seating area, providing shade on those long, hot summer days. The drop-down transom provides a large swim deck complete with hot and cold shower and built-in swim ladder.

Below deck, this yacht is all luxury and class, with masses of light and ventilation and beautifully crafted woodwork.

The yacht has three spacious double cabins with plenty of headroom. There’s a large separate bathroom with shower and toilet, as well as a hot shower on deck for when you come back aboard after a refreshing swim.

Working alongside sister company Sydney by Sail, Performance Cruising Yachts have been offering yacht share for over a decade. A new yacht syndicate will commence this summer, on board a brand-new Impression 40.1 with a limited number of shares available.

Performance Cruising Yachts is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Dufour Catamarans and Elan Yachts, recently also taking on Ice Yachts from Italy.

The 2022 Sydney International Boat Show will run from 28 July to 1 August.

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