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thanks for posting manual! I just planned to contact elan and ask them by phone. It is nice to know there are some other elan34 there. As what I heard from the guy who actually worked there at the time they made them, 34 was a very short series of sailboats. Mine is serial no abt 130, made 1997. They were based on bestseling 31, 31S (31 with stern platform) and 33 (slightly modified 31S). Only one reason they stopped making them and moved to 344 and later 333: it was economically too expensive to build. Robust design, excellent equipment, teak... price they cannot afford on the market - so they modified program and went back to more economical designs.
As I live near Slovenia, there are lot of "sisterships" 31s and 33s in the area, dated early eighties. They were very popular sailboat then, and now still as secondhand vessels keep good prices and reputation. They are like reference ships here. Only problem I heard of is mast anchoring on early series of 31. It had been redesigned and is good on later vessels (including ours :-).
What i am most interested now is laying cables from fore (depth sounder) and mast (wind probe) to the instrument panel in cockpit - it seems there is no cable trace for retrofitting, so i think i'll have to make new one. Do you have any experience where the cable pipes are going through, and if they are in one peace or...?