Elan 31

Not to be confused with the J&J half-tonner from 1983 (see ‘The Elan Story’,

above), this is a fleet-footed performance cruiser introduced in 2002. She is a

delight to sail, good-looking on the outside and endowed with well-finished

joinery within. The hull is low, slim, sleek and elegant, with a long waterline, a

deep, narrow keel and a high-aspect rudder. Under sail, she is both powerful

and easy to handle with a small crew, acquitting herself surprisingly well in

rough seas and pointing high in kinder conditions.

The trade-off is that she’s a small boat down below. The saloon is narrow,

with just 1.8m (5ft 9in) headroom, the galley and heads are compact

and stowage is limited. She does, however, boast a big chart table that

is comfortable to sit at, a decent-sized aft cabin and a surprisingly large

hanging locker. There are two more berths in the forecabin, with sitting


LoA 9.2m (30ft 2in) LWL 8.21m (26ft 9in) beam 3.2m (10ft 5in) Draught 1.85m (6ft 1in)

Displacement 3,800kg (8,360lb) YM test report april 2003