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Old 22-06-2015, 15:17   #16
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Re: Elan Impression 434

Can the bed-frames be lifted out of the cabins in 434 and 384, so that one or more cabins may be rearranged into a small work-studio fitted with a chair and table?

I am planning on purchasing either a 434 or 384, but I would need to redesign at least one of the cabins into a work-studio.
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Old 04-07-2015, 19:38   #17
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G'day Terry,
I have just sold my beloved Swanson 36, and am seriously investigating buying an Elan 450 in Europe.
Don't have the time to sail it back so investigating shipping to Syd or Melb.
Any tips, tricks, pitfalls, and whether indicative cost of $60-70k is over the top would be much appreciated. Did you consider and reject using a delivery crew?
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:59   #18
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Hi Papabill
We freighted because of time involved, wear and tear and customs doesn't accept bill of sale after 6 months for valuation for gst payment. We used Seven star because they have a office in Australia for safety as I have heard of bad stories from overseas agents. The cost was $ us41000 included in that price was custom agent fees as they have their own in house and insurance. Highly recommend Seven star. We did use a delivery crew to delivery from Croatia to Italy to meet the ship, as ships don't come to you. however if done again would do it myself. The whole project worked out well . It was frustrating when the yacht sat in Palm beach Florida for a month waiting for the next ship to come across the Pacific. Anyway if you want any further info don't hesitate to contact me.
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Old 19-07-2015, 20:47   #19
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Re: Elan Impression 434

In the next week or two I will close on a 2011 Elan 444 that was just imported into Florida. It was sailed here from the Med over the span of a couple of years.

I want to add more clutches to the cabin top so that there are 5 on each side. I want them so that I can improve the reefing system. I was surprised to find that the existing clutches are not bolted through. Does anyone know if there is a metal plate embedded in the fiberglass in the clutch area? I've written the factory but have not gotten a reply as of yet.

I suspect that the mounting is the same as for a 434.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Old 20-07-2015, 01:58   #20
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Hi Marcus, Can't give much help other than my experience with the factory, I will doubt you will get a reply.I rarely did. You you need to get help through the the local Elan distributer, although since I doubt you brought from them getting help is limited . I Can't tell you if bolted through as the interior lining blocks this. Although the deck thickness around the hatches is over 1 inch .
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Old 20-07-2015, 11:19   #21
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Terry,

I've actually had good experience with the factory. W.r.t. This question they got back to me overnight. The answer is that there is an embedded metal plate.

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Old 21-07-2015, 01:41   #22
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That's great better than me. Enjoy the Impression you have made a good choice .
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Old 21-07-2015, 06:32   #23
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By the way, again I heard back overnight from them. They said that the plate embedded for the clutches is aluminum.

I should also add that for a difficult question it took maybe 7 to 10 days to get a reply. I had asked what amperage the 230 volt wiring could handle if I used it for 110. In the end I plan to install a parallel 110 v circuit.
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I really love 348 design and it looks like a good cruising boat for the family.
Let me know if anyone is selling a good 348 or 344.
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Old 22-07-2016, 09:52   #25
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What is wrong with the steering and rudder on Impression 384 (same with 434?)?

A reviewer in Cruising World wrote:
"In the gusty conditions, we should've reduced sail sooner: In one large blast, the rudder stalled,"
Impression 384 | Cruising World

That sounds dangerous, and could possibly prove disastrous if out on the ocean.

Can the steering on 384 be trusted?
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Hi, in regards to construction one contributor believes they are better built than beneteaus.....why is this? If anyone knows more about the overall construction please share. I'm assuming they have liners etc?

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Old 28-07-2016, 16:13   #27
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i sailed 384 in med. Nice boats, well insulated, however not too ergonomic. My decently cut feet testimony to that.

Maybe this is issue with every mono.

Cats are so much less prone to harm you. Also I was overboard 2x on mono. No such thing on cats although many more miles & rougher seas on cats.
Your a funny guy! Cutting your feet and going overboard twice seems to me more self inflicted than blaming a boat....I think you are just having fun with us, LOL.
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Natural selection at work!

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