Many thanks for your message.
We are, so far, happy with Cariad. The Elan Impression 434 is an award
Elans are production boats and you do get a lot of boat for the money
but like all production boats - and Elan is amongst the better ones - there were teething problems.
I would not let that put you off because unless you can afford a Najad
or Swan you will not get a bespoke finish.
The Elan has the advantage of extreme space and well designed comfort below with a turn of speed like a cruiser-racer. We went for the fully battened rig which gives a better sail shape and more canvas
. She will not point as high as an all out racer
but as a cruising boat she offers the best we could find for the money
Do stay in touch and let me know what you decided.