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A couple things here....I beleive that you are looking at an early 1990''s era Elan, the Elan 431 (8200 kg= 18000 lbs) which was a late IOR era racer- cruiser design and comparing it to the mid-1980''s era Beneteau (which is listed as weighing a not so spritely 21800). The Elan is lighter for all kinds of reasons such as smaller tankage, lighter interior components, minimal liners and a lot of hand glass work, smaller engine, tapered rig, and so on.
The Elan appears to be a much better built boat all around. The Elan claimed to be using very high quality materials, a lot of careful engineering and a lot of hand labor on such items as hand glassed in stringers and transverse frames. The Beneteau, while a pretty nice boat, does not appear to have as high a standard of construction.
Both are quite dated designs although the Elan looks like the better of the two.