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2015 ELAN E4

2015 ELAN E4

The Elan E4 has once again consolidated Elan’s reputation as a builder of exciting performance-cruising sailing yachts, where neither performance, nor the cruising capabilities are left to compromise.

In addition to her elegant and sporty design, she features integrated toerails and flush hatches on the coachroof as well as new rotating plotter pods on the steering consoles, for total control over the elements. Her wide transom, twin rudder arrangement and chined hull deliver excellent control even at high heel angles. Her T-shaped keel ensures a lower center of gravity and improved righting moment, which in turn allows for a lighter displacement than would otherwise be possible.

The end result provides an exhilarating sailing performance, which one would usually expect only to find on much bigger boats. Maybe the best feature yet is how effortless she is to sail, even in challenging conditions.

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2015 ELAN S3

2015 ELAN S3

Elan has taken the popular E range and enhanced these yachts for greater performance achieved by weight reduction in the hull and deck construction and lighter weight interior which results in an enhanced performance sailing yacht whilst being true to the Elan philosophy of a yacht that fits both performance and cruising purposes.

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2015 ELAN E3

2015 ELAN E3

Following the new Elan design the new E3 was developed with both racing performance and cruising comfort in mind.

The unique combination of T-bulb keel, twin-rudder steering and twin wheels, all rare features on a design of this size, really put her in the spotlight in her class. This is truly a multi-dimensional sailing boat. Researched and developed for the most demanding needs, it is designed to be sufficiently easy to sail to carry the badge of a starter boat, yet it is sophisticated enough in its sailing qualities to convince passionate sailors, delivering them the performance and general scope they might expect to find in a much bigger and more expensive boat. A unique combination of VOR70 inspired design and performance, combined with a generous cockpit and comfortable interior, the Elan E3 is definitely an exciting boat to sail.

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2015 ELAN S1

2015 ELAN S1

Elan has taken the popular E range and enhanced these yachts for greater performance achieved by weight reduction in the hull and deck construction which results in an enhanced performance sailing yacht. With the absence of the interior finish the S1 is an ideal yacht for day sailing, one design racing and sailing schools.

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2014 Dufour 310 Grand Large

2014 Dufour 310 Grand Large

The Dufour 310 Grand Large embodies the lifestyle that Dufour has infused into its projects over the last 50 years: it is fast, well-balanced, comfortable and easy to steer, even for a single handed purpose.

The idea behind this project was to create a small boat with all the technology, iconic style and comfort of the bigger and luxurious Grand Large models.

The result is a boat with great personality, characterised by excellent performance, maximum ease of handling, and the timeless elegance of Dufour Yachts.

In just 9.35m length the 310 GL perfectly exhibits the latest Dufour design philosophy. Its streamlined, dynamic looks win you over at first glance, just like an authentic object of design and fashion.

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2015 ELAN E1

2015 ELAN E1

The Elan E1, dubbed “the pocket rocket”, was designed for maximum ease-of-use and ease-of-ownership, while ensuring superior sailing performance associated with her bigger siblings, the E1 offers a new concept of ownership.

Minimizing every stage of preparation for a sailing vacation, a number of innovative solutions enable you to pack, drive and sail in no time. Like other day sailers, Elan E1 doesn’t require a berth in the marina, thus saving considerable cost, while her limited weight doesn’t demand big towing cars.

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2015 Bavaria CRUISER 33

2015 Bavaria CRUISER 33

Whether you want to spend time with family and friends on the open seas or set forth on a solo cruise, the BAVARIA CRUISER 33 was designed to satisfy your every need. Besides excellent sailing performance, the CRUISER 33 offers you unexpectedly generous space in the cockpit and – more importantly – below deck. Here the crew will find a saloon so comfortable and spacious that they would be forgiven for thinking they were sailing a much larger yacht – as many journalists have already commented during testing of the CRUISER 33. Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited have worked hard to maximise interior volume and ergonomics above deck, across the entire range, and the CRUISER 33 is testament to this design brief from the BAVARIA yard.

It is not uncommon to see a double berth with the dimensions of a king size bed in the guest cabin of a 33-foot yacht. But only a CRUISER 33 will offer you corresponding headroom, a great deal of movement and storage space to boot.

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2015 Bavaria VISION 46

2015 Bavaria VISION 46

Bavaria Yachtbau has been building quality cruisers since Winifried Herrman and Josef Meltl launched the company back in 1978. In January of 2012, Bavaria showed us what it has learned over the last 30-plus years of building cruisers and taking customer feedback with the release of the Vision 46. The Vision line is meant to represent the wish lists of cruisers the world over, and help bring mega-yacht features to the masses who don’t have millions to spend on (or shelter in) a boat. As it turns out, this approach worked quite well for Bavaria: Cruising World named the Vision 46 “Boat of the Year” in its 2013 full-size cruiser category, so the factory must be doing something right.

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2015 Bavaria VISION 42

2015 Bavaria VISION 42

Introducing the Bavaria Vision 42, available in 2015; the first addition to the Vision series and little sister to the popular Vision 46. Bavaria Yachts designed the Vision line in partnership with Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited to serve as a relaxed cruising platform with some dock appeal. They wound up with a sleek-looking boat that follows traditional cruiser design, but with a decidedly modern flair. Many of the best features are under the hood, as it were, and serve to make the boat as handy as possible during sail evolutions or close-quarters maneuvers – attributes right at the top of my list when I think of truly relaxed sailing.

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