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Going back to the 400 I basically think Elan is doing the right thing making it slightly more traditional. I do not think Elan are prepeared to make the boats as extreme as the Pogos and then they will not plane without very big efforts. Accepting semi-planing speeds and improving up- and downwind and light wind speeds might be the way many are going today.
The problem here is that you look at the Elan hull and the first idea is that it is a planning boat. Well, it is not, at least like a Pogo is. For that the boat should not weight 8000kg but 5000/6000kg.
Regarding how goods and fast the boat will be, well, let's wait for some racing results or at least comparative testing. I am not impressed with what I saw till know (Yacht.de sail test).
This does not mean that the boat will not be a great performance cruiser just that it is not what it looks, I mean, almost a racing boat.
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