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Brief Summary

While she may not have the legs to cross oceans, this yacht does have the qualifications to go long distances with a safety level that other yachts can only dream about. Her low profile makes her as suited to the canals of Europe or the rocky Canadian coastline as she is for going to Bermuda or the Azores. With her CE safety rating of "A Ocean," the windward islands of the Bahamas are a snap, and as for range... 1700 miles will take you to a lot of places. Read our full report and see how this vessel may change the way you look at coastal cruising, and perhaps starting to stray far away from the world’s coastlines.

Key Features


Length Overall 48' 0''
14.95 m
Beam 14' 0''
4.25 m
Dry Weight 13 tons
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 4' 0''
1.20 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 380 gal.
1,500 L
Water Capacity 260 gal.
1,000 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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Captain's Report

Elling E4
The Elling E4 is manufactured in Holland and carries a safety rating that isn’t usually found in distance cruisers.

Ocean A Classification?

The Elling E4 has a European Conformity certificate for "Ocean A" operation. Vessels meeting this high level of Europeancertification can safely operate in conditions exceeding Beaufort Force 8 conditions (34- to 40-knot winds and seas exceeding 13' (4 m), a "fresh gale.) In the Elling’s case, meeting this standard carries with it an inherent stability that is equally impressive. She is reported by the builders to have full righting capability. Now, certainly ocean going lifeboats carry this rating, but there aren’t many yachts in the trawler or distance cruiser market that do.

Integrity as Well

The safety level of the Elling E4 didn’t end with her ocean rating. She’s also a tough as nails cruiser thanks to her materials. Elling went with Twaron (a productmade by AKZO that is similiar to DuPont Kevlar), a high-strength fabric sandwiched within all Elling hulls. Elling’s builder and chief engineer, Anton van den Bos, chose Twaron because its impact resistance is greater than that of equivalent laminates that use Kevlar or Carbon Fiber. In effect, Elling has created a hull that can, in theory, withstand an impact with a partially submerged container. Although this hasn’t been tested, the theory is sound.

Dual Roles

Her semi displacement hull form serves both the distance cruising set as well as the local touristas. With a single 425-hp Volvo D6 engine, top speed will be in the neighborhood of 20kts. That sort of speed can get you to a lot of places. You could be cruising the InsidePassage from Seattle before a full displacement boat has crossed the border. Then throttle back and you can cruise for days taking in the serene beauty before speeding back at the end of the week. Conversely, you can slow-cruise to the Bahamas andthen speed your way from one island to another with plenty of time to explore. With the throttle pulled back to best economy, Elling says their E4 can achieve 1,500 nautical miles at 7.5kts. Not enough to make a straight run across the Atlantic, but certainly enough to take the scenic route around, via Greenland and Iceland.

But is it Comfortable?

Therein lies the question, and it’s that very question that separates the capable from the wannabe’s. In the E4’s case, Elling seemed to have their act together. The aft cockpit is roomy and spacious enough to house a party in and of itself. A bimini covers the entire area and protects from sun. Railings run the full circumference of the yacht and are fabricated from 316L stainless steel and set 31.5” (80 cm) off the deck. The foredeck features a rumble style flip-up seat that tucks neatly out of the way when not in use.

Elling E4
That seat just abaft of the salon bulkhead houses the ships batteries when an extended fuel supply is installed in the engine room. Even with the high rails, Elling still installs grab rails on the cabin sides.

Ellings don’t have flying bridges as they... well... fly, in the face of the builder’s safety philosophy. A yacht that gets tossed on its beam ends, or broaches and rolls over will spell disaster to a bridge crew. However, still realizing that fresh air and a view of the stars while operating are paramount to ones comfort level, a convertible overhead can be retracted at the push of a button. Closed, its watertight seal keeps the salon dry when plunging through a head sea. Also of interest is the collapsible antennae array that reduces the E4’s bridge clearance to a mere 12' (3.7 m), a pivotal feature in the canals of Europe.

Salon Layout

Entering the main salon one can’t help but be awed by the fit and finish that is evident in the E4.

Elling E4
The captain gets a raised helm seat with a 360-degree view. Guests can gather around during a passage and be a part of the operation. Note the three wiper motors on the armored glass windshields.

While there is a 36,000 BTU air handling system that vents to all rooms, the E4 is no stranger to natural ventilation. Nine opening hull ports, two hatches and an overhead retractable roof allow for all but the most temperate latitudes to keep the interior of the yacht comfortable. An L-shaped settee faces the helm station and makes for an ideal gathering location while underway. The helm allows for 360-degree visibility and leaves enough room for laying out charts that get stored in a dedicated compartment in the salon. The instrument panel is well equipped with a full array of Raymarine instrumentation, and Elling responded to a frequent customer complaint that the panel was not viewable from the helm seat and angled the instrumentation cluster up enough for easy viewing.

Elling E4
(facing aft) The center mounted stairs give an expansive open feeling. The galley can be seen to the right, two steps down from the salon. A guest stateroom lies to the left. Notice one of nine opening portlights at the galley, all with mosquito screens.

The rest of the salon features beautiful cherry woodwork with fiddles on all the level surfaces, with the notable exception of the dining table. We’d like to see all the deck hatches be hinged, rather than lift out, and an overhead handrail running the length of the salon would also be a welcome addition, especially considering the vessels Ocean A rating.

Below Decks

Elling went with a galley down layout and it serves this yacht well. Not only is the galley as roomy as the one in your home, it’s also equally well equipped. Just two steps down and abaft of the main salon, the galley contains large work surfaces on both sides of the companionway. In the deck is a convenient “wine cellar” that features the same lift out hatches we’ve seen elsewhere that we feel should be hinged. A cooktop range and stove, as well as a microwave oven handle the cooking for extended cruises. A full sized refrigerator/freezer handles the stores. A combination washer/dryer saves space while providing functionality.

Elling E4
Two layouts are available depending on your style of cruising and amount of guests you intend to entertain. The first allows for six berths in three staterooms, the second sleeps four and introduces a utility room and office space into the design.

The main salon is accessed by an open center stairway from the helm deck which gives the feeling of an open atrium. C-shaped seating lies to starboard and faces two separate seats with a table between them. A guest head that doubles as a day head lies to port just forward of the salon. Fully forward is a guest cabin. Abaft the salon, and lying to starboard is the second guest cabin, both allow for double berths.

Elling E4
The well equipped galley features a full array of appliances. We’d like to see sea rails around the stove.

The master stateroom lies aft and is accessible by walking through the galley. This is a comfortable arrangement for those who are prone to getting up in the middle of the night for a drink and then heading back to bed. Both the guest and master heads feature first rate fixtures, Corian countertops, and heated towel racks.

Silence is Golden

Elling spares no effort when it comes to noise suppression. A lot of it has to do with the Twaron used in the construction process. It has a surprisingly effective sound reducing quality, and the engine room is further insulated to keep the stateroom occupants sufficiently comforted. Further, Elling utilizes Volvo Penta’s Aquadrive thrust-bearing system, which absorbs the thrust from the propeller in addition to much of the vibration, resulting in a smooth, quiet ride.

Elling E4
The forward guest cabin can be fitted with an office space instead of the second berth.

As with any single engine cruiser, an extended keel runs under the running gear and rudder offering full protection in the event of a soft grounding. An emergency tiller is fitted for use in the event of a hydraulic or steering component failure. While on the subject of redundancy, the E4’s single engine is backed up with a 30-hp auxiliary engine with saildrive, folding prop and separate fuel tank. Should the main engine fail, this complete, and separate, propulsion system can move the E4 along at up to 6 KTS. If the failure of the main engine is for reasons other than fuel contamination, a simple ball valve will have the wing engine feeding off the main tank. All said, this is quite an impressive yacht, and one that we would look forward to testing. Given her Ocean Class rating, it would be an easy choice to continue on with a passage when others are left waiting out the weather and wasting time. More often than not, the go/no go decision is based on the level that not only the boat can take, but the passengers as well. Based on the stability parameters that accompany this yacht, chances are, both the passengers and the boat will be able to take much more than they would on other yachts of this size.  Price of a new Elling E4 is under $1 million.

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