A product of the same Slovenian company long known for its skis and snowboards, the Elan E4 draws from the organization’s long history of building raceboats to provide a good turn of speed, whether racing or just daysailing. The boat’s wide transom, chines and twin rudders promise excellent control even when the boat is hard pressed, while an aggressive T-keel supplies the necessary righting moment to stand up to the boat’s rig. Other go-fast features aboard this Rob Humphreys design include a retractable sprit and a nice, big traveler set in the cockpit sole immediately forward of the twin helms.
Elan Yachts, elan-yachts.com
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