The Elan E5 looks the epitome of the modern sports cruiser, due to its chines, T-keel, twin rudders and keel stepped performance rig.
This mid-sized model is priced to be competitive in the popular 40 foot IRC cruiser-racer category. The first E5 in Australia arrives at Performance Cruising Yachts, Sydney on 18 February. CEO Matt Hayes test sailed the Elan E5 in Slovenia and was impressed with its sailability and comfort. “The quality of the workmanship was exceptional. The great features of the Elan range include chimed hulls, twin rudders, vacuum infused hull and decks, ensuring that the yachts are very strong, light and exude powerful performance."
Features of the deck include retractable bowsprit, six winches and an integrated GRP toe rail, which is designed to lend style to the profile of the E5. Designer Rob Humphreys has opted for twin rudders on this performance cruiser which allows the 3.87m beam to be carried aft to the transom, giving greater directional control and stability plus a large working cockpit.
Below decks is fully fitted out for cruising with folding table, starboard dinette and sensibly sized navigation station portside. The rounded light wood interior is a complete redesign for the Elan performance range, including a lower companionway for easy access, with a choice of interior finishes and soft furnishings. For berths there is a two or three cabin layout with one or two heads.
Sail controls include a German mainsheet system and Harken deck gear on a race-oriented deck layout to ensure all is to hand at the twin helms. The E5 also carries designated life raft storage in the cockpit sole. Performance options include a tapered Selden rig or full carbon spars and upgraded Harken deck gear. Also, a carbon retractable bowsprit for asymmetric; or a spinnaker pole option for short windward/leewards.
In cruising mode added comforts on the E5 can include windlass, bow thruster, folding swim platform and Fjord Mahogany furniture which adds to the versatility of this performance 40 footer.
The E5 will be on display at the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo (22-23 March 2015) and the Sydney International Boat Show (30 July-3 Aug 2015).
Elan E5 Specifications
Design: Humphreys Yacht Design & Elan design team
Sail Area: mainsail: 51.56m2, jib 37.60m2, gennaker: 135m2
Water: 277 L
Fuel: 160 L