Performance Cruising Yachts at SIBS

Sydney-based Performance Cruising Yachts will have three yachts on display at the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) from 29 July to 1 August, including two debutantes.
In exciting news, the company is set to debut its first catamaran – the Dufour 48 – with the stunning and award-winning Elan GT6 also making her SIBS debut. The equally as impressive Impression 40.1 will also be at the show.
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 world-famous Italian naval architect, Umberto Felci. The contemporary design ensures a combination of style and performance to make for the perfect cruising catamaran. 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 up 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 said it is the perfect yacht for liveaboard cruising, long ocean journeys or just entertaining on the harbour.


Elan GT6
Making her debut at SIBS, Elan’s GT6 is beautifully 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. Come and see her for yourself.

Elan Impression 40.1 The Perfect Yacht share boat for Sydney Harbour
Also on display is the Elan Impression 40.1, a beautiful yacht with many upgraded features.
The large cockpit is clad in beautiful 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 Sydney 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 is 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. We have a new yacht syndicate commencing this summer, on board a brand-new Impression 40.1 with a limited number of shares available.


A new brand, and new models.
Performance Cruising Yachts is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Dufour Catamarans, Elan Yachts, and is proud to announce that we are now the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Ice Yachts of Italy. A premium brand, Ice Yachts is based in Salvirola, near Milan, producing outstanding custom cruiser/racer yachts from 52 to 100 feet along with catamarans from 64 to 72 feet – both manufactured on site.
Talk to us about the new cats in the Dufour Catamaran stable, the Cervetti 44 Sail and Power cat, to be launched early 2023. The first C44SC is due to arrive to Sydney in April 2023. We are also on hand to discuss Elan’s award-winning E6 flagship, which won the prestigious design award in the category for Sailing Yachts at the 11th International Yacht & Aviation Awards in 2022. The first Elan E6 is due in May 2023.
The team at Performance Cruising Yachts looks forward to welcoming you aboard at the show and giving you a tour of our exceptional boats. They will be able to answer any questions you have on the brand, specification and delivery options.
In the meantime, feel free to contact Performance Cruising Yachts now for more information on any of our models.
Contact (02) 9281 4422 or email

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