Whereas one may prefer a quiet and cosy way of sailing, another may prefer a fast and athletic way. To guarantee a high degree of safety in a more challenging environment it is necessary to find a yacht which is capable to cope with extreme situations.
The Slovenian shipyard ELAN has been delivering boats and sailing yachts around the globe for over 70 years - with great success.
ELAN`s boatbuilding tradition began in 1949 with the production of kayaks, canoes and a variety of small boats made out of waterproof wood.
The shipyard was able to experience its first commercial success in the 1950s by exporting a large number of small crafts to the United States.
The 1960s shaped the industry by introducing reinforced polyester to the market, a revolutionary material that ELAN used for the production of racing kayaks and boats.
In the following decade, ELAN launched its first sailing yacht-series of which the shipyard was able to sell over 10.000 units of its most successful small vessel.
The 1980s brought a surge of new interest to the yard. Thus, ELAN started building large Cruise-Racer Yachts with designs coming directly from the studio of J&J Design. One design is the famous ELAN 31, which skipper Dušan Puh helmed to victory in the 1984 quarter world cup in Marstrand, Sweden.
Since 1995 the famous yacht designer Rob Humphreys is responsible for the design of the ELAN sailing yachts.
The co-operation led to the emergence of several successful projects. Respectively, ELAN was able to secure the title for EUROPEAN YACHT OF THE YEAR in 2006 (IMPRESSION 344), 2007 (ELAN 340) and in 2011 with the revolutionary ELAN 350.
Furthermore, the IMPRESSION 514 was nominated for the EUROPEAN YACHT OF THE YEAR in 2008/2009 followed by the ELAN 410 in 2011/2012, the ELAN 210 in 2011/2012 and finally the ELAN 400 in 2014.
Besides groundbreaking innovations and award-winning projects within the sailing yacht industry is ELAN also well-known for its innovative ski and snowboard equipment and its products used in the wind power industry.