Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Feb-Mar 2015
elan e3 The first E3 to arrive was at the Sydn ey Boat Show where I enjoyed looking over its angular lin es. t he cruiser-racer hybrid remains a popular choice among sailors who enjoy performance with creature comforts and the 31-foot elan e3 is a prime example of this. Formerly known as the elan 320 the company renamed its entire range in september into three abbreviated categories – the Performance Cruising e series, the Performance enhanced s range and the Performance Premium Gt range. For fans of its deck saloon Impression cruisers, the company continues with these under their own brand name. Marketing acrobatics aside, the performance range has always caught my eye over the years and I’ve enjoyed sailing them. well built and with slippery Rob humphreys hulls, these slovenian yachts have been popular in europe for decades, something recently appointed distributor Performance Cruising yachts is emulating here, according to what manager ed Penn tells me. the first e3 to arrive was at the sydney Boat show where I enjoyed looking over its angular lines. the VoR 70 inspired hull is set off with hard chines, tall topsides and the obligatory beam aft which creates a rather boxy shape, given the short 31-foot length. however, the shape creates volume so its day job of being a family cruiser can work while the chines tuck in the aft section nicely to reduce wetted area and when heeled, to promote tracking. the same recipe certainly worked for its older sibling the popular elan 350 that was voted european yacht of the year. the key ingredients that give the e3 range their oomph is: a bulbed keel for high stability, large cockpit for race crewing, rockered hull for nimbleness and twin rudders for managing the beam. twin steering wheels on such a small hull is another interesting feature that I found worked when I did my walk round, as they are attached to either side of the hull to free space in the cockpit. the keel stepped alloy rig can fly a gennaker or asymmetrical spinnakers off the retractable bowsprit and four harken winches control all the running rigging. the cockpit sole mounted mainsheet is just ahead of the binnacles with primary winches further ahead. stepping below decks is made easier by a lowered companionway to the fully-fitted saloon with full-sized chart table to starboard and galley opposite. the keel stepped mast is relatively far back in the hull to nicely centre the effort above the keel – while also supporting the dining table with benches either side. Rounded wooden laminates finish off this stylish but functional saloon. the forepeak has two bunks, while the aft port quarter has full-sized double berth. on the other side is a large sail locker and the bathroom is here as well. among the useful options are removable furnishings but for those seeking silverware at the twilights there’s an s version available which is 7 percent lighter by having a vacuum infused deck as well as the standard vacuum infused hull. www.performancecruising.com.au new yachts 064 Model elan e3 deSIGneR Humphreys Yacht design & elan design team loa 9,55 m 31’ 3” ft lWl 8.71 m BeaM 3.22 m dRaFt 2.15 m / 1.90 m / 1.50 m enGIne 18 HP sail drive WateR 140 litres Fuel 45 litres SaIl aRea Mainsail 30.15 m2 (furling m2), genoa (107%) 23.47 m2, gennaker 75 m2 dISPlaceMent 3,690 kg BallaSt 900 kg / 1.050 kg / 1060 kg PRIce $192,000 #5 RacInG MachIne Elan renamed the sporty 320 to E3 but it remains an agile club racer for 2015.
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