The new Elan 400 nominated for European Yacht of the Year

Sydney-based US Yachts, Australian distributers of Elan Yachts, is delighted to announce that the new Elan 400, launched in January this year, has been nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category.

The Elan 400 is the newest yacht in the range, featuring elegant yet dynamic lines, and catering for owners seeking that perfect balance between comfort and performance, competitors seeking speed and safety and purists valuing attention to detail and clever features.

The Elan 400 boasts a smart innovative interior with two- or three-cabin layouts and one or two heads, a flip-up chart table in saloon, modern and spacious ergonomic interior with optimized storage space, flush Skyview hatches for more light and visibility and new hull window design.  

Inheriting the qualities of her predecessor Elan 410 and adding some exciting new features from the immensely successful Elan 350 (2011 European Yacht of the Year award winner), the Elan 400 is fast and elegant and continues to set new standards in the 40-foot segment.

CEO of US Yachts, Matt Hayes, test sailed the 400 in Slovenia in May, and was very impressed with the high tech sailability and comfort. “The quality of the workmanship was exceptional. The great features of the Elan range include chimed hulls, twin rudders, vacuum infused hull and decks – ensuring that the yachts are very strong, light and exude powerful performance.”

All Elan’s yachts are certified by Germanischer Lloyd, designed to withstand the toughest conditions and carry the ISO 14001 standard for environmentally-friendly production.

Building on rich tradition, combined with an innovative present, Elan is laying strong foundations for the future.

For more information, or high-res images, contact Matt Hayes on (02) 9280 1110 or email matthayes@usyachts.com.au

Some more points about Elan:

* The boatbuilding tradition began in 1949 with kayaks, canoes and small boats
* Early commercial success came in the 1950s when a large number of small craft were 
exported to the United States.
* The 1960s heralded the dawn of reinforced polyester, a revolutionary material that Elan 
used for racing kayaks and boats. 
* In the ‘70s Elan launched the first sailboats 
* The 1980s were synonymous with a significant shift towards the production of larger 
cruiser-racer sailing yachts, designed by the now J&J Design studio, including the legendary 
Elan 31
* In 1995 Elan commenced its relationship with renowned nautical designer, Rob Humphreys 
resulting in many successful, award-winning projects. The next decade Elan won European 
Yacht of the Year title twice, for the Impression 344 and 340 models. Not resting on its 
laurels, Elan launched the revolutionary Volvo Ocean Race inspired Elan 350 with 
characteristic chines and twin rudders, winning another European Yacht of the Year title in 
2011 and a nomination for Elan 210 the following year.