Elan Impression 45.1

Norris Comer New Boats


The Slovenia-based Elan Yachts reentered the North American marketplace a few years back, and with them came their Impression lineup. The 45.1 is the latest model, a modern Euro-cruiser that is the evolution of the original Impression 45.

The 45.1 embraces touted themes of space, light, and air via several clever improvements. The 45.1 features a longer, wider cockpit than its predecessor and the addition of twin steering wheels. Once the hallmark of a racer, the twin steering wheels have been popping up on cruising models from Europe in the recent decade. The cockpit really shines on this build with the large swim step-transom that folds down, two big foldable tables, and nifty seats built into the aft rail. The foredeck is open and uncluttered, and there’s even space for a padded sun lounge.

Elan-Impression 45 specs

The simple sloop rig is meant to keep sailing easy and fun. The L-shaped fin keel and single rudder setup are fairly standard. Of course, a modern Eurocruiser such as the Impression 45.1 has to have a killer interior. The long conspicuous windows are meant to let in a maximum amount of natural light into the large space. The woodwork is iroko veneer framed with solid iroko wood, an eye-pleasing choice you don’t see too often. The galley and dining table are the stars of the salon, while accommodations can be found both forward and aft. There are a few layouts offered, from the two-cabin private cruiser option to ones with more berths suitable for chartering.

It’s good to see Elan Yachts back in North America, and the Impression 45.1 looks like a great next step in the Impression 45 family’s evolution. If interested in learning more or about pricing, you can contact local dealer Seattle Yachts.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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