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Elan 450

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Designed by Rob Humphreys, this latest model from Elan follows the general design parameters he’s established with smaller Elan models. These include an open cockpit, belowdeck sheeting lines, and a double-ended mainsheet-sheeting system. The yacht has a long waterline and a well-shaped hull; the standard three-cabin layout features the owner’s stateroom, with head and separate shower, forward and two identical cabins aft of the main saloon. Both have been shaped to provide good storage space and ventilation. Interior styling includes horizontally grained maple veneer with American walnut detailing. Options include a teak interior and a four-cabin layout.

On deck there are dual helm stations, a floor-mounted traveler, and a dedicated space in the cockpit for the table. The headstay furler is recessed under the deck as is the swivel fitting designed to hold the anchor. The self-tacking jib makes for easy tacking, and an open transom allows quick access to the tender. A retractable bowsprit maximizes the effectiveness of a gennaker, and twin rudders help provide positive steering control in all conditions.

Elan Marine, SI-4275 Bejunje na, Gorenjskem, Slovenia; tel. 011-386-4-535-1354; USA, Sound Yachts, tel. 860-399-8804; www.elan-marine.com

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