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Does anyone have any experience or comments on the construction of Elan yachts? I am considering purchasing a 2004 Elan 37 yacht and it would be good to know about how they are constructed and how they compare to other european yachts. Purpose is primarily for cruising.
 

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That is a good boat with similar performance to other performance cruisers of that vintage. Fast for a cruising boat. I don't know of any specific problems related with that boat. The Elan 37, as you probably noticed, has a good cruising interior for that type of boat, better than the one of a First 36.7 and similar to the one of a Salona 37 in what regards cruising.

Some information:

http://www.palstek.de/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Elan_37.pdf

http://www.sail-world.com/Europe/index.cfm?SEID=0&Nid=33946&SRCID=0&ntid=0&tickeruid=0&tickerCID=0

http://www.humphreysdesign.com/767/elan-37/

 

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That is a good boat with similar performance to other performance cruisers of that vintage. Fast for a cruising boat. I don't know of any specific problems related with that boat. The Elan 37, as you probably noticed, has a good cruising interior for that type of boat, better than the one of a First 36.7 and similar to the one of a Salona 37 in what regards cruising.
FWIW, I've sailed on a 2004 Elan 40, which is quite similar to the Elan 37, and the boat was very well built and extremely competitive under IRC in San Francisco Bay. I believe it won its IRC class in the Rolex St. Francis YC Big Boat Series at least once, and was regularly at the top. Routinely raced in big breeze (25+ knots) and quite tough. Comfy below, as well... actually, too comfy for me, but that's just a matter of personal taste (I prefer unpainted carbon interiors and minimal furniture :) ).

Don't know if that boat ("Tupelo Honey") is on the market, but you might inquire with the owner. It's totally dialed-in and probably has a pretty deep Quantum sail inventory. PM me if you want owner's contact info.
 
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