NEW YACHTS - Elan 350
Slovenia's Elan 350 racer-cruiser is a nominee for the European Yacht of the Year 2010-11
Elan Marine’s forthcoming 350 is another European ‘dart’ with DNA that looks very Volvo 60 like. Rob Humphreys designed the Elan 350 with a broad stern, T-shaped bulb keel, distinctive aft chines and twin wheels operating twin rudders, plus in the true sense of a cruiser-racer, the boat also offers all the cruising comforts. Another big-boat feature is a German mainsheet system.
Elan Marine has been at great pains to point out that, like the 310, the 350 is not departing from Elan’s traditional cruising-capable rationale, but is combing race potential with performance that makes passagemaking quicker. The boat is designed for shorthanded sailing crews with the benefit of minimal sail changes. Cockpit size and storage capacity rivals that of most 40-footers.
With three new models released in the past year — the
adding to the 310 and latest 350 ? the Slovenian company is very pleased with their astute decision to develop the 310 as a well-timed entry-level model in view of the economic downturn at the time. This has proved to be a great sales success with more than 50 of the model ordered to date.
Australian Elan importer Navsail attended the launch of both the 350 and new cruising 444 models on the coast of Slovenia, and are pleased to report the high level of enquiries and negotiations underway with the first of the 350 orders set to arrive in Australia in November.
"After seeing and sailing this boat I can absolutely understand why this client was so quick off the mark, he is keen to get his hands on this exciting model and also keen to take advantage of the 350’s introductory price", reports Rod Parry of Navsail.
The Elan 350 is priced from $251,500 and designed in three formats, as: a high-performance club racer; the ultimate cruiser-racer; and as an exciting performance cruising yacht. — Allan Whiting
MATERIAL: Vacuum infused GRP
LENGTH OVERALL: 10.6m
DRAFT: 2.15m; 2.35m (optional)
MAX. CREW: 8
Berths: 4 + 2
DESIGN: Humphreys Yacht Design & Elan Design Team
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