There were perfect conditions for the hand over sail last week on Sydney Harbour. Proud owners Alistair & Alison were thrilled to bits with their new toy, “marri nuwi” and looking forward to some extended cruising and competitive racing at Port Hacking Yacht Club, south of Sydney. The Elan E4 continues to be our #1 seller, with deliveries now across Australia.
Elan’s quality is quite extraordinary and clearly evident with beautifully crafted cabinetry with plenty of solid wood trim, elegant, clean lines, and surprisingly lots of space below that really help give the E4 a feel of style sophistication. As for the performance, just by the look, you know she’s fast.
“We were looking for a boat with a high standard of finish and good performance in light airs, at the right price to cruise and race. We sold the Dufour in August 2020. We inspected an Elan S4 in September and placed an order after comparing it to other boats.
The factory sent regular photos showing the various stages of the build, which was very useful.
The boat was completed by early December, shipped to Sydney by late February, and launched at Rozelle by mid-March 2021, which was about 6 months from placing the order, a commendable effort for both the factory and the fit-out team in Sydney.
Our sail on Sydney Harbour last week with 12 to 14 knots of wind was a great location for our first test sail. Ed provided Alison, who helmed the boat, with good advice and the boat was both stable and quick through the water. Upwind the sloping seats and elevated footrest for the helm ensured our comfort. The helm was extremely light due to the twin rudder arrangement, with no sign of weather helm.
Internally the boat is spacious and comfortable, we slept well in the forward cabin over the Easter break, and the cushions and fabrics are to a high standard. I would also like to note the high standard of interior fit-out and cabinetry, the Light Oak finish with its solid wood edging should be long lasting.
Both the cabin table and cockpit table should have no trouble accommodating 6 people in style.”
Alistair Rowe & Alison Parkes.
What’s Next?Finishing touches to Edelweiss..a new Elan Impression 45.1 ready for hand over next week. And soon thereafter, joining a prominent charter fleet in the Whitsunday Islands.