Launched in September 2016 Luana is Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders 52nd new build. Built for a highly discerning Auckland couple, Luana is the epitome of a custom-built boat.
Luana is a Hawaiian word for relaxing with family and friends and her owners see their new mid-pilothouse 50 as a rest from their fast-paced life. They like to cruise at a relaxed eight to nine knots, which guided their choice of a single-engine installation. The modest cruising speed means Luana is the first semi-displacement hull in the Elite range.
Unique to Luana is her main stateroom and ensuite bathroom. On other Elite models, the aft stateroom usually shares this space with the galley and dining but on Luana, the galley is part of the saloon and the dining arrangements, meaning the entire width of the boat is dedicated to the main stateroom and bathroom.
Thanks to the mid-pilothouse concept, the saloon and galley are surrounded by windows to provide natural light and outside views. Luana has marble vanities in the bathrooms and a stunning purplish-grey marble in the galley. The galley sole is solid oak, grey-washed to match the marble and reflects similar tones in the joinery. Luana has a two-tone exterior set to perfection with the timber bow rails painted in a pearl-finish along with the bold name plates.
Three layers of plywood covered in tri-axial glass and epoxy form the topsides – a strong construction that will remain osmosis-free and withstand impact if necessary. The full-length skeg is built in jarrah to take the boat’s weight on the grid. Decks are plywood, foam and fibreglass. Fully airconditioned and finished to the highest standard Luana is built for absolute comfort. The no compromises approach to her build means the new owners have the exact boat they’ve always dreamed of.
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