ELAN Impression 43
It will come as no surprise to anyone that the hull and sail plan have been designed by Humphreys Yacht Design. Rest assured that the yacht will have excellent sailing characteristics, even when fully loaded for larger displacement yachts.
The aesthetics of the yacht have been designed in collaboration with the Pininfarina design studio, a relationship that resulted in the award-winning Elan E6 and now continues with the Elan Impression 43.
The hull and sail plan are optimised to facilitate short-handed sailing. Elan's distinctive 3D VAIL composite technology creates a lightweight, rigid and incredibly safe construction style. The VAIL, or vacuum infusion lamination process, creates a solid hull without imperfections or air bubbles, which, combined with the vinylester outer layer, makes the yacht osmosis-proof. The "3D" part of the vacuum infusion lamination is applied to the vertical and side spars, which ensures the best mechanical properties of the hull and rigging and is the secret of the Elan's famous hull stiffness.
The deck is also built using VAIL technology, which adds to the lightness and durability of the yacht while improving the mechanical properties of the composite. In addition, the construction process is safer for workers and the environment, as it protects workers from chemical exposure and reduces waste.
The yacht is equipped with twin rudders, designed by Humphreys Yacht Design, rudders built in-house in epoxy and optimised for stiffness, endurance and control. The twin rudder design allows the boat to be steered with the fingertips and reduces the tendency to broach.
Cockpit of the Elan Impression 43
The cockpit is designed for mooring and sailing pleasure. Ample seating for up to 10 people ensures that everyone on board is comfortable. The optional modular cockpit table converts into two sun loungers and allows for lounging and sunbathing in the cockpit as well. The beautifully designed steering pedestals can support 9-inch electronics and a myriad of other instruments one might wish for. The dual cockpit with composite steering wheels offers great freedom of movement on board.
There are also numerous lockers in the cockpit, providing ample space for a life raft and any other equipment that needs to be close at hand.
Owners can choose between a three or four cabin version. The three-cabin version includes a bathroom with an island bed and a spacious head with a separate shower, and the four-cabin version adds a cabin with bunk beds, perfect for families or groups of friends.
The interior is constructed from 'rustic' oak veneer and marine grade plywood, contrasting with modern grey storage cabinets. A solid oak finish is applied where the furniture is most stressed, to increase its durability.
The saloon can comfortably accommodate the crew around a central table, flanked by two solid wood chairs that fold into a pre-determined space when sailing. It can also be easily converted into a double berth.
The long side galley is equipped with a three-burner cooker with oven and a front-opening refrigerator on a convenient L-shaped cabinet. The long layout offers plenty of surface space and storage cupboards. The cooker area is protected by easy-to-clean panels and is ventilated by a hatch above.
With a modern wide beam hull, the yacht offers much more space than previous models. Thanks to the enduring tradition of a raised roof, what we call a "semi-saloon", it also holds its own against its competitors.
|Hull length :||12.82 m|
|Length at waterline :||12.20 m|
|Beam :||4,25 m|
|Draft :||1.95 m|
|STD displacement :||11.100 kg|
|Mainsail :||46.68 m²|
|Engine :||Yanmar 4JH45 45 HP
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