By listening to what the boating public wants, Fathom Yachts added a new ECONOMICAL model that compliments their Expedition designed by naval architect Greg Marshall and built in North America. Fathom Yachts is proud to announce: Element by Fathom.
The Element utilizes modern CAD, engineering, tooling, and manufacturing techniques that allow unmatched quality, performance, and fuel efficiency. Weight-saving composite materials, a propeller tunnel/s, and an efficient hull design allow the Element to cruise effortlessly with a range of propulsion options, single or twin.
The Element's wide beam provides stability and enormous interior space. Two comfortable staterooms, a spacious head, and roomy salon rival the features of a much larger yacht. The raised pilothouse is distinguished by commanding views from its comfortable helm chair and settee for five. A unique folding transom lowers to expand the aft deck for access and adventure. The Element 40 is 40.4 feet and only requires a 40’ or less slip.
The styling is modern and distinctive, but maintains a classic profile. The Element is a handsome pilot house motoryacht with unique features not found on other yachts. With design features like the distinctive tailgate, windows in the hull or gracefully curved transom, the Element stands out in any marina or at sea.
The boats are meticulously designed using CAD software resulting in stellar performance, efficiency and ride. CAD also allows better utilization of space and a higher level of fit & finish. Every component and feature was incorporated into the computer design and located for function and ease of use before the boat was built. The interior design and layout is spacious, comfortable and perfect for extended cruising or just a weekend away.
Extensive engineering features and use of particular materials make the Element extremely quiet. Mechanical noise is reduced by the cored hull construction and isolation of the salon & galley sole. The engine noise is dampened by an engine room that is sealed from the living spaces and insulated by a 2” sound barrier. Access to the engine room is through the aft deck eliminating salon sole hatches and the noise they produce.
The hull has been intelligently designed by the naval architect, Greg Marshall with a lifting chine that is not inverted and is quieter while underway or at anchor. The generator is located well aft and is separated from the master stateroom by several compartments and bulkheads.
The Element was designed to provide the comforts of a home in forty feet while maintaining graceful lines. It is truly amazing that a yacht this size can provide a large salon and galley, while still leaving room for two comfortable staterooms and head.
Preferences* are plentiful. Entering the salon from the aft deck you instantly feel that you are on a larger boat. The space is cavernous with a settee on the port and two chairs* to starboard. The comfortable settee is perfect for watching the flat screen entertainment system* forward. The beautiful hand built woodwork is stunning. Enormous windows allow good visibility around the boat.
Forward of the settee is the large “U” shaped galley with abundant storage. Below the galley is a large pantry with 105 cubic feet of storage. A central hallway leads forward from the galley and under the pilothouse to the two staterooms and head.
On the starboard side is the guest stateroom with a double bed in-hull window. On the port side is the head with two doors, one into the master stateroom and one into the hallway. The head is molded fiberglass with a central floor drain for easy cleaning. Above the granite topped vanity is another in-hull window. The head includes a linen cabinet, Tecma fresh water head and a large separate shower. The generous master stateroom features a queen sized bed, large opening stainless ports and ample storage including a walk-in closet.
The raised expedition style pilothouse provides a perfect gathering spot with a settee for five which can be used as a bunk. Both the helm chair and raised settee provide excellent visibility around the boat. At the helm are electronic engine controls and levers for the included bow thruster. The dash is designed to accommodate an extensive array of the latest navigation equipment. The starboard pilothouse door provides access to the deck.
The covered aft deck is pure genius. The unique folding transom lowers to expand the deck for access and adventure and getting on and off the boat from either a dinghy or dock could not be easier or safer. When the transom is down, the swim step, aft deck and salon are all on one level. The aft deck also features significant storage.
The stairs on the aft deck provide easy access to the boat deck and flybridge. The aft deck counter lifts up to provide easy access to the engine room.
The boat deck above the salon is large enough to hold a substantial inflatable and incorporates an elegant electronics mast. The optional flybridge* features abundant seating, a helm station, and an viewing level found on much larger yachts.
Wide walk around decks on the foredeck provide a safe area to handle lines or sit and enjoy the view. The anchor windlass includes a capstan and is mounted in a well that drains directly overboard, keeping your decks clean. A deck hatch opens for access to the chain locker and storage.
The Element is a totally new design utilizing sophisticated tooling and materials. The result is a yacht with superior quality, features, and performance. The use of composite materials and infusion lamination construction reduces weight and increases strength resulting in better efficiency.
Infusion lamination is a technique that uses vacuum pressure to penetrate resin into a laminate. Materials are laid into a mold and a vacuum is applied before resin is introduced. Once a complete vacuum is achieved, resin is literally drawn into the laminate via carefully placed tubing. The part then cures within the vacuum resulting in much higher fiber-to-resin ratio. A controlled amount of resin is metered resulting in greater strength and less weight. Typical hand lay-up construction suffers from excess resin being used and does not have the infusion pressure to help bond the laminate. Excess resin will actually weaken the part. The Elelment by Fathom is one of the few builders utilizing infusion lamination to build its hulls, decks and all other fiberglass components.
Extensive use of composite materials for bulkheads and other surfaces further reduces weight. The hull below the waterline is solid infused fiberglass. The hull sides and deck are cored with synthetic Core-Cell which provides incredible rigidity, thermal insulation, and sound attenuation.
Four major bulkheads divide the hull into compartments and providing great strength to the hull and structure above. The hull and deck are mechanically fastened and bonded with a material that is stronger than fiberglass.
Element is powered by a full authority common rail diesel. Tankage for approximately 400 gallons of fuel are located outboard of the main and are on the center of buoyancy so the trim of the boat will not change with different amounts of fuel onboard. The bright white two inch acoustic barrier insulation far exceeds the industry norm for keeping the Element quiet. The sole of the engine room is white molded fiberglass and is easy to keep clean. The quality of the Element is apparent throughout the boat and particularly in the engine room.
Mechanical and electrical systems rival any yacht on the market. All equipment is chosen for its longevity and quality. The different systems and components are installed in the boat so they can be easily maintained.
Elements are designed to exceed ABYC, NMMA and CE construction guidelines. Safety at sea is paramount and the Element makes no compromises. With advanced engineering and manufacturing, combined with North American quality, the Element reaches a new level of quality and safety setting a new standard to compare all yachts presently available.