'Sleek and attractive, the Elan 40 is built to sail quickly and easily with a structure designed to give any sailor confidence' was how the highly regarded designer Rob Humphreys summed up the Elan 40 at her launch. Going onto win the Cruising World's Best Performance Boat Award in 2004 the design has proved a popular choice with both cruisers and club racers.
A Mark II, three cabin version of class GENTOO has the later refinements with a moulded GRP binnacle and German mainsheet system. She also boasts the option extra rod rigging and deeper performance keel. With only her second owners since new. Unlike many other examples she hasn't been pushed hard at regattas and is offered for sale in cruising trim, set up for a short handed crew.
Well presented early viewing is highly recommend. Lying afloat here at Ardfern.
Elan 40 - A fast cruising yacht that can also win races....
Designed by top international yacht designer Rob Humphreys, the Elan range succeeds in combining modern technology and expertise with a respect for tradition, elegance and stylish good looks.
When a designer of this caliber joins forces with a shipyard with more than thirty years of boat building experience, the results are bound to be impressive.
Elan and Humphreys Design have created a robust, attractive performance cruiser. Stylish lines conceal a technical structure more than capable of dealing with the forces that will come her way, so that you can feel safe and sail fast and comfortably in any kind of weather.
You sail because you enjoy it. And so you want to be safe, comfortable, relaxed and preferably fast as well. Because its nice to beat your friends to the bar. The new Elan 40 is the perfect tool to meet all these requirements - a boat with character, built with respect for tradition and emphasising the need for safety, speed comfort and durability.
Winning the Cruising World's Best Performance Boat Award in 2004 the Elan 40 featured in numerous press articles at the time. Below We have taken extracts from a few of these articles.
'The field at last year's Boat of the Year Awards competition (see SW Dec./Jan. '03/'04) included several 40-something footers. They all couldn't win awards, but that didn't mean there weren't several damn good boats. Two of these deserving recognition were the Grand Soleil 40 and the Elan 40 (the later won Cruising World's Best Performance Boat award, both European-built and designed, and both with easily traced raceboat heritage.......
Behind the traveler, which is raised and runs between the cockpit seats, the stainless steel wheel mounts on a binnacle with room for instruments. The helmsman's seat tilts forward for easy boarding through the open transom, which incorporates a handy swim platform/man overboard recovery area.........
The first thing you notice as you go below are the two handholds in the companionway; somebody had their offshore thinking cap on. The fit and finish below is excellent, especially if you order the upgraded (more wood) interior..........
The J-shaped galley is to starboard, opposite that, the head. The nav station is at max beam, and faces forward. The electronics panel is well laid out and easy to get behind, but there's only a small space left for instruments, and no cabinetwork directly forward of the desk itself where you'd like to put a display screen.'
Two European 40's We Could Love. Tony Bessinger, June 2005. www.sailingworld.com
'I found the cockpit seats comfortable and could easily move in and out of the cockpit to the side decks. The racing-inspired large-diameter wheel is perfectly proportioned for helming from a comfortable seat to windward. The binnacle provides an excellent brace point and a place to mount instruments. The immense cockpit locker to port (it's a berth in the three-cabin version) will gulp down anything you want to stow. A door from the head gives easy access to this space from inside........
Elan's joinery work is a cut above the average. There's nothing ornate or elaborate about it, just simple design and clean execution. The aft-facing nav station is amidships and has a modest-size desk and plenty of space for electronics. The U-shaped galley has a small extension counter near the centerline for better bracing in rough conditions. The double sinks are close to centerline for good draining at all angles of heel and have fitted covers to provide extra counter space when needed. The fridge is well insulated, and its compressor lives in a sizable ventilated compartment; some builders skimp on these features, but Elan got it right. Both head compartments have easy-to-clean fiberglass surfaces, provide enough room to be elective, and are properly ventilated.......
An extremely light southeasterly greeted us at the mouth of the Severn River, but we moved right out into Chesapeake Bay at better than 5 knots under the main and a 135 percent genoa. Tacking angles were narrow, and reaching produced similar speeds. Overall handling was delightful, with an easy, responsive helm and excellent sight lines for the skipper. Both tall and short helmsmen should find this boat easy to drive, and the crew should have no difficulty keeping out of each other's way as they go about their
Elan 40. Tom Dove, July 2004. Sail Magazine - Boat Test. www.sailmagazine.com
The Elan 40 is constructed with a hull of solid glass through the keel pan and up to the waterline. The solid glass hull section, cored above the waterline and engineered internal structural matrix produce a very rigid a strong hull.
Designed to be a rewarding sail and capable of holding her own the rig is towards the performance end of the spectrum. The current owners; having predominantly cruised with a short hand crew, have made a number of refinements making the boat easier to sail yet avoiding any loss in performance.
On deck the performance pedigree of the design is evident with Harken deck gear throughout and a clean functional layout.
Raymarine instruments and TackTick instruments are networked together. Only the Garmin plotter at the chart table is independent of the data network.
With three double cabins GENTOO offers comfortable accommodation below decks for a crew of 6 with the port settee in the saloon converting to a further occasional single berth if required. The joinery work throughout is of a light mahogany construction, finished in a satin effect varnish. The sole boards are of a laminate finish in the style of traditional teak and holly sole boards.
Forepeak - Provides a spacious double V-berth cabin. Light streams into the cabin from three Lewmar deck hatches. Overhead a shelf with deep fiddle runs the length of the bunk outboard, port and starboard. A good sized standing area is provided centrally at the aft end of the cabin. Dresser/storage units being located outboard of this each providing a hanging locker and shelved cupboard.
Saloon - With the main living space open plan to the galley and nav station the saloon living space feels very generous for a boat of 40'. The coachroof portlights and deck hatch provide ample natural light into the space. Mounted centrally the large dropleaf saloon table opens to a size suitable for a full crew. To starboard is a wrap around U-shaped settee with bench type settee to port. Outboard of the seating a shelve runs the length of the saloon port and starboard with deep fiddle. Storage is provided beneath the settees and outboard behind the seat backs with additional lockers and book shelves outboard.
Nav Station - The forward facing chart table with dedicated navigators seat is located on the port side at the aft end of the saloon. A waterproof removable cover protects the seat cushion with a locker space provided beneath. The table provides a good working area for paper charts with the small Garmin plotter display at the forward end of the table. Outboard the ships switch panel and VHF are readily accessible. Storage is provided within the table for charts with additional drawers beneath and a locker outboard.
Galley - Of a generous size by any standard the galley occupies the space aft of the saloon to starboard. Of a L-shaped configuration the area provides a large working surface for galley chefs with twin stainless steel sinks, 3 burner gas stove and large top loading fridge. Lots of storage is provided within the galley, lockers outboard and a selection of drawers and lockers beneath.
Heads - The heads compartment is located opposite the galley on the port side. Constructed in a single piece moulding with timber trims and locker doors the compartment is functional and easily cleaned. A manual marine toilet is provided with moulded lid to conceal when the compartment is used for showering. The sink and vanity unit are provided at the forward end of the space, outboard. The semi wet hanging locker in the port aft cabin can also be accessed from the heads.
Port & Starboard Aft Cabins - A mirror image of each other the aft cabins provide two further, spacious double berths. Standing room is provided at the forward end of the cabins with dresser/storage units outboard providing a hanging locker and shelved storage lockers. The port cabin differs slightly in that the hanging locker is accessible from the heads compartment also and serves as a semi-wet locker.
Located within an engine space under the cockpit sole access to the engine is by removal of the companionway steps and through access panels in the aft cabins.
A dual bank function voltmeter in at the chart table shows the voltage in each bank. A charge splitting diode is fitted with engine battery bank given priority.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.