SAILING IN CROATIA
DISCOVER DALMATIAN COAST ONBOARD ELAN IMPRESSION 494 “WILD WIND”
With more than 1.000 islands that make up the most indented coastline on the Mediterranean, picturesque little villages on the islands rich in history and culture, world-class food and wine, well-preserved nature and mild climate it is no wonder Croatia became the world's top sailing destination and it is not an exaggeration to say that sailing in Croatia is now at the top of every travel bucket list.
What adds more to its popularity is the fact that sailing in Croatia is both safe and affordable for everyone: from a group of friends, families with small children to seniors, from inexperienced ones to salty sea dogs, from thin to thick holiday budgets. There is a sailing holiday option for everyone!
The increase in the popularity of sailing in Croatia is followed by an increase in the offer of various types and sizes of sailboats. This makes things difficult for holidaymakers when trying to decide which boat would suit them best in terms of comfort, size, safety, performance and price.
Sailboat Elan Impression 494 „Wild Wind“ meets the most demanding of requests and as its „surname“ announces, it impresses as with its appearance as with its performance.
Fifty feet.........it sounds big and it is big. The Elan Impression 494 delights with the largest cockpit in its class, a comfortable, spacious interior, splendid sailing performance and superb handling.
Relax, unwind and revel the jewels of Dalmatian coast aboard this luxury cruising yacht.
Discover an unprecedented level of comfort and enjoyment in the sun in the largest cockpit in its class, with U-shaped cockpit seating and the sundeck forward.
Find a secluded bay and take a relaxing swim easily from the swim platform.
While in the cockpit serve yourself a crisp cold drink right from the cockpit fridge.
The interior welcomes you with plenty of space and natural light, thanks to the raised deck saloon layout and numerous hatches and portlights. Enjoy the open space social area, thanks to the inverted layout, with the galley forward and the large open plan saloon located directly under the companionway.
The spacious U-shaped galley offers all the comforts of home.
Elan Impression 494 "Wild Wind" is a guarantee for the best sailing experience in Croatia, as for bigger groups looking for a budget-friendly but still comfortable sailboat as for small crews looking for comfort and spaciousness offered by the large yachts. There are 5+1 cabins and the saloon: 4 cabins with double beds, 1 cabin with a bunk bed, 1 bow cabin (meant primarily for the paid skippers) and the saloon with a foldable table.
For a smaller crew looking for more comfort, there is the possibility to turn two front cabins into one large master cabin.
Wild Wind, Elan Impression 494 delivers a consistently pleasurable sailing experience, which means fast cruising and easy handling even when “short-handed”. Hull design is combined with optimal rig and sail area to ensure a safe and stable yacht in every sea condition. The twin wheel/twin rudder system ensures better control and handling even in the most extreme conditions.
HULL LENGTH: 14.85 M
LWL: 13.76 M
BMAX: 4.68 M
BWL MAX: 4.08 M
DRAUGHT: 2.23 M
DISPLACEMENT: APP 14000 KG
BALLAST: 4500 KG
FRESHWATER: 605 LITRES
FUEL TANK: 295 LITRES
ENGINE: 75 HP
MAINSAIL: 59 M²
GENOA: 48 M²
CABINS: 5+1 * convertible in 4+1
Elan Impression 494 “Wild Wind” is equipped with everything needed for safe and comfortable living on board. As boat’s owners, we ourselves tend to spend a lot of time on the boat both for pleasure and to get more first-hand ideas of what to improve and add on the boat so our guests could enjoy the first-class sailing holidays in Croatia.
The kitchen is equipped with everything needed for preparation of delicious meals on-board: fridge, freezer, gas cooker with an oven, dishes, saucepans, pans, cutlery and lot of storage place for dry food and drinks.
Beds are dressed in the finest nautical linen and there are two soft towels waiting for each crew member.
If you decide to charter in the pre- or post-season, there is a webasto heating system to warm you during chilly mornings or evenings.
Should there be an important football match or something else you don't want to miss, enjoy watching it on the boat's TV.
The cockpit welcomes you with soft cushions, a bimini top to protect you from the sun and a sprayhood to protect you from wind and rain – all renewed in 2018. - also, at the front deck, there is a soft and wide cushion for those who enjoy the sunbathing.
Wild Wind is placed in ACI marina Split, the central marina in Split overlooking the old town of Split, at the pier A and if you are arriving with the car you have the possibility to park your car just in front of the boat, not to lose your time dragging your luggage and provisions with the trolleys from marina entrance to the boat.
If you don't feel like reading all of the text above check the boat's highlights listed below:
- spacious cockpit and living area
- light and airy modern design of the interior
- 5 + 1 cabins + option to remove the partition between two fore cabins and get one master cabin
- the foldable table in the saloon
- fridge and sink in the cockpit
- cockpit & deck cushions - NEW FROM 2018.
- bimini & sprayhood - NEW FROM 2018.
- bow thruster
- webasto heating in the saloon
You can find the boat's detailed inventory here, under the inventory tab.
BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER– you charter a yacht and skipper it by yourself. Sailing experience adequate to the boat's size and recognized license are the only conditions for booking this type of charter. The list of recognized certificates can be found here.
SKIPPERED YACHT CHARTER – you charter a yacht and hire a local skipper to manage it for you. Benefit from skipper's local knowledge about the most interesting places to visit, the most beautiful bays for swimming, the most fun nightlife spots and the restaurants offering the most delicious local delicacies. If you wish the skipper can also teach you a bit of sailing.
CREWED YACHT CHARTER – you charter a yacht and hire a local crew: a skipper and a hostess. The skipper will take care of the navigation and the hostess will buy groceries, prepare breakfast and light lunches, wash dishes, clean the galley and the cockpit.
The starting point for deciding between the mentioned types is considering whether or not you are an experienced and licensed sailor. If the answer is affirmative, you can book a bareboat yacht charter, but if you want more relaxing holidays, you can always opt for skippered or crewed charter. On the other hand, if you are not a licensed and experienced sailor, then skippered or crewed charter are the two options you can choose from.
When you book any type of yacht charter with us: bareboat, skippered or crewed, the route is not determined. Quite the opposite, it is totally flexible and up to you; however, the actual weather conditions should always be respected. On Sailing Routes Croatia, we made a few suggestions of possible sailing routes for 7 or 14 days long charters, since these are the most common durations of yacht charter holidays. If you book a longer charter, you can combine two of the suggested routes or ask us to tailor a route just for you.