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Elan Impression 45.1

by Norris Comer


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.

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