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My first hand impression of Elan is that they are a modern, first rate boat builder, producing an above average product of exceptional value. They are a division of the same company that produces skis and snowboards, the quality of which nobody questions. They’ve been in the sailboat business for at least 20 years, though little known in the American market as are many smaller European boat builders. The company underwent significant reorganization around year 2000 and re-vamped their entire product line with assistance of Rob Humphries, the highly regarded British yacht designer. I visited the factory just outside of Lubljana, Slovenia, before finalizing my decision to purchase a previously owned 2002 E-40. This is a modern EU nation, justly proud of their rapid advancements. They treated me as a prospective new boat customer, though they knew I was interested in an older boat. The production manager walked us through the entire plant and we were very impressed with the modern facility. Their output is a fraction of the big name boat builders and therefore their attention to detail and ability to respond to customer special requests is substantially enhanced. I found this to be true even after my used boat purchase when I contacted the production manager to inquire about contacts for installation of aftermarket equipment and he offered the services of their own in-house technician. Like the old Avis commercials, they seem to try a little harder.
Needless to say, I am pleased with my vessel. I initially decided upon the Elan because the boat design matched my criteria to a tee and the interior accommodations displayed a level of finish somewhat better than standard, in my view. After seeing how the boats were constructed, I was convinced. Now, in reasonable comfort, we easily sail past almost all others our size… cruising the Med.