Elan 333

More than just a pretty

hull, the deservedly

popular Elan 333 is

quick and close-winded,

easily handled by a

couple and endowed

with comfortable

accommodation for

a family.

The deck hardware

is thoughtfully laid-out,

with short-handed sailing

in mind. The cockpit

is comfortable, with

high coamings, but the


mainsheet traveller could be construed as a hazard for unwary crew. A tiller

was standard, but many boats were fitted with a wheel – which some owners

say is mounted rather too far aft for comfort. The 333 comes with a lot of

canvas, but stands up to it well. Under sail, she is very well-balanced, stiff and

stable, easy to keep in the groove and light on the helm. She has a solid, big-

boat feel in a seaway and manoeuvres sweetly under power.

Her main cabin feels open and roomy, but there are plenty of hand-

holds – the accommodation layout is a good compromise between comfort

in harbour and efficiency at sea. Headroom is generous in the saloon, but

restricted in the forecabin. There’s an excellent nav-station, a seamanlike

L-shaped galley and long, straight settees either side of the table. The aft

cabin is big on berth size but small on stowage.

LoA 10.45m (34ft 3in) LWL 8.75m (28ft 8in) beam 3.46m (11ft 6in) Draught 1.9m or 1.5m

(6ft 3in or 4ft 11in) Displacement 4,200kg (9,259lb) YM test report May 1999