From Russia with Love: The New Ellips 28 - 09/23/2009

The Russian boat builder Paritet has been building glass bottom excursion boats for tropical resort locations for several years and has boats in operation all over the world. But now this innovative builder is making boats for consumers as well and the new Ellips 28 is certainly eye-catching. Talk about thinking out of the box! Russia has long been a world leader in hydrafoil ferryboat building, and Paritet has combined that technology with its strong acrylic viewing port and futuristic design to produce an express cruiser the likes of which the world has never before seen.

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The new Ellips 28 built by the Paritet Company in Yaroslavl, Russia is the most revolutionary express cruiser we have ever seen. Be the first on your lake to own one!

View video of the Ellips 28 in action --

First we must point out that the Ellips 28 is not yet a production boat, not that it couldn’t be in the near future. It is built of aluminum, which means that she is not cheap, but she will be durable. Because the company serves the world market it is making a wide range of power available from stern drives to Arneson surface piercing drives. Twin power packages for this catamaran design range from 425-hp Mercury 496 Magnums to twin 6LY2A 500-hp Yanmar diesels. In between are several Volvo Penta engines.

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View from behind the helm looking through the tinted windshield.

Because the Ellips 28 has an underwater foil in the bow, with Arneson drives and big engines, the builders say she is capable of 65 knots. The boat weighs from 4,000 to 5,000 kg (8,800 to 11,000 lbs) depending on the engines and the options. The “standard” version of the Ellips 28 seats seven, including the skipper, with two seats abaft the helm, port and starboard, and four facing seats in the open cockpit. Obviously this unusual design was made for cool, if not downright cold climates. By putting the helm inside what amounts to a bubble and by bringing the high topsides aft, the passengers are protected from both wind and spray.

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View of the cockpit with four seats facing each other Lear-Jet style. Note excellent location for the compass so passengers will always know the direction of the boat (since they can’t see out very well).

The Ellips 28 has a 12’ beam (3.5 m) which is quite wide for a 28’ boat (8.5 m) boat. This provides plenty of room in which to move around as well as giving the boat the wide stance it needs to effectively use the catamaran hull. Because the boat is so beamy, the builder is able to fit cabins into the hulls as an option. We suspect that there is also room for a head.

Another option is a canvas canopy with side windows. This leads us to believe that the boat is going to be primarily marketed to users in extreme climates such as those found in Northern Russia, Scandinavia, the Canadian archipelago, and southern South America. Places such as these which need to move a small number of people quickly in cold weather might find this just the ticket. Also, recreational boaters who would like extending their season in places like Siberia and the North Slope of Alaska finally have a boat for their needs.

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The view aft is a good one. Note that there is plenty of room inside to move around.

Other equipment available on the Ellips 28 includes: RECARO seats, hydraulic suspension of the three forward seats, and ventilated skipper seat. Since the helm is on the bow of the boat, we expect the ride might be somewhat bouncy there. Can you imagine the G forces in a chop at speed? The builder will also put in two refers, GPS, stereo system, autopilot and most anything else you will want or need.

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Talk about turning heads wherever you go?! Clearly the Ellips 28 is made for colder climates so buzzing around at 30 knots or so will not bother the skipper or passengers as they a snugly tucked behind high gunwales in a cozy cockpit.

The Paritet website displays in large type that the boat is “ABYC and CE Certified.” We have checked with both the ABYC and NMMA and found that Paritet is not a member of either organization. Since ABYC has no certification, per se, clearly the Ellips 28 can not have it. This is not to say that the boat could not be built to its standards. Prospective buyers should investigate this aspect of the boat.

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Note that the Ellips 28 does not have a viewing port in the bottom of the boat. Setting fenders and line handling will require some practice and dexterity.
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The Ellips 28 has seating for seven and two optional cabins below.
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Options available for the Ellips 28—

Your Personal Glass Bottom Boat...

Paritet also evidently builds a smaller version of their glass bottom excursion boat, for private owners. Take a look at these pictures we found in the Arabic Boating magazine, “The World of Yachts and Boats” and you’ll get an idea of some other boats Paritet can build.
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A smaller version of the Ellips which also has a glass bottom.
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This small model is powered by a Honda outboard engine.

From the Paritet Company website--

Looker Series

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Drawing of the field of vision from a Looker.

Ordinary glass bottom boats are slow and most of excursion time is taken by way to underwater sightseeing, they have small range and often couldn't reach really interesting sites. May be you think that our boats are the same. Absolutely not!

Because of hydrofoil and aerodynamic shape LOOKER glass bottom boats make up to 20-40 knots at the customer's option, at the same time consuming minimum fuel. LOOKER with diesel engine and full commercial load consumes 50 l/100 km or 30 l/ hour (4.7 mpg) at cruising speed. It's the best index for 30 ft speed boats.

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Underwater photo looking up at the glass bottom looking window in the Looker.

They have exceptional seaworthiness in rough sea and give highest level of comfort to the passengers. Feeling of soft flying without strikes in LOOKER boat is wonderful, be sure!

Diving gives amazing impressions, but requires special equipment, long training and ideal health of diver. Submarines are great, but very expensive in use and it isn't good idea for people having claustrophobia. Ordinary glass bottom boats have narrow field of view, because their bottom glasses are flat and small. Besides, the speed of such boats is very low.

glass_bottom.jpg There are 10 people visible in this photo and clearly there is room for another sixe to eight viewers through the viewing bubble.

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