INNOVATIONS IN BOATBUILDING SINCE 1949
Elan’s boatbuilding tradition began in 1949 with kayaks, canoes and small boat production made of waterproof wooden slabs. Early commercial success came in the 1950s when a large number of small crafts were exported to the United States. The Sixties heralded the dawn of reinforced polyester, a revolutionary material that Elan used for racing kayaks and boats. The following decade the yard launched the first sailboats and most successful small vessel selling 10,000 units in the following years. The 1980s were synonymous with a significant shift towards the production of larger cruiser-racer sailing yachts, designed by the now J&J Design studio, including the legendary Elan 31, which won the Quarter Ton World Championship with Dušan Puh. In 1995 Elan commenced cooperation with renowned nautical designer, Rob Humphreys resulting in many successful, award-winning projects. The next decade Elan won European Yacht of the Year title twice, for the Impression 344 and 340 models. Not resting on its laurels, Elan launched the revolutionary Volvo Ocean Race inspired Elan 350 with characteristic chines and twin rudders, winning another European Yacht of the Year title in 2011 and a nomination for Elan 210 the following year. Building on rich tradition, combined with an innovative present, Elan is laying strong foundations for the future.
- Vacuum assisted infusion lamination: Elan’s hull construction technology ensures the required hull strength and stiffness, while using the least amount of material possible in order to save weight and make the yacht more responsive and enjoyable to sail. Furthermore, the 3D VAIL technology brings better carrying capacity increased hull strength and reduces the risk of osmosis.
- Shorthanded sailing : Shorthanded solution improves the yachts safety and comfort, as its easily operated by limited crew.
- Germanischer Lloyd Certificate: Elan yachts carry the Germanischer Lloyd certificate for highest standards in safety and build. The structural build quality is inspected at various important stages through the construction.
- Twin wheel and rudder system: The VOR inspired solution by Rob Humphreys ensures better control and handling even in extreme conditions. In case of emergency the twin rudders work as independent tiller, improving safety.