In designing the Elan 410 we set out to create a boat that, while it offers the very best in fast and comfortable cruising, has more than a little racing pedigree that will quicken the pulse of any sailor looking for some excitement out on the start line.
While the 410 is the natural successor to the Elan 40, it is in fact a considerably larger boat with over a metre of additional waterline length greatly enhancing her performance as well as her interior volume. The fractional rig gives the spectator an instant clue as to her competitive inclinations, yet for the cruising sailor we have added the option of balancing the powerful mainsail with non-overlapping headsails making her easily managed by a small or family crew. The large wheel again speaks of the racecourse, but it also makes her easy to control for the leisure helmsman who likes to give the autohelm some occasional time off. We also included a combination iron / lead keel with its very low centre of gravity for enhanced stiffness, another attribute that benefits all yachtsmen whatever their preferred kind of sailing.
The 410 is instantly recognisable as an Elan with her streamlined coach roof and large cockpit, and to that we have added the feature, usually found on much larger boats, of running all her control lines under the deck to the cockpit to give her a smooth, eye-catching finish both when under sail and at rest in harbour. Down below we have made the best use of the interior volume to provide a comfortable saloon with plenty of space for meals and relaxation, and three double cabins with a choice of layouts in the forward section allow for plenty of privacy for families and guests.
We are delighted with the way this project evolved, and are confident that the graceful and versatile sailing yacht that resulted will give a great deal of pleasure to sailors however they choose to enjoy their time spent on the water. We believe she really extends the ethos we have been trying to define for the Elan range, exuding power but with finger-tip sensitivity. If she were a vehicle
she would be described as a driver’s car, but no passenger would complain.