Slovenia-based Elan Yachts has been around since 1949, but for whatever reason, the brand isn’t very common in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps local dealer Seattle Yachts will change that with the offering of the Impression cruising line from Elan. The largest of them, the Elan Impression 50, looks like it could make itself at home in our local waters.
From the outset, you realize you’re firmly in the modern Euro-cruiser family. The plumb bow, low profile, and big transom with massive deployable swim platform may remind you of a Hanse or Beneteau. Interestingly, the transom is largely open in the back with a few stanchions and lifelines between the deck and the water.
This is probably great for ocean access, but it is less enclosed than the old-school conventions espoused by canoe-style builds that have done well around here. Many of the Impression 50’s features emphasize easy sailing and comfort. Sailors may appreciate modern, trendy touches like the dual helms, dual rudders, self-tacking jib, a gennaker, and bow and stern thrusters.
The keel is a L-shaped fin. Those off the watch will likely be hanging out on the forward padded sun lounge or in the huge cockpit that has cushioned seating galore, a large foldout dining table, and a deployable Bimini cover to keep everyone dry.
Everything about the Impression 50 feels supersized and spacious, including the interior. There are four optional layouts. The standard has two cabins and two enclosed heads, but you can get up to five cabins (with two heads) or three heads (with four cabins). The layouts keep the cabins to the fore and aft, with all that space in the middle entirely devoted to the galley and entertaining accommodations. Like the rest of the yacht, the interior has a light and airy, chic European feel.
For most of us, sailing is about fun. Elan Yachts appears to have kept that foremost in their thoughts with the design of the Impression 50. If interested in more information or pricing, contact local dealer Seattle Yachts.