Elan’s boatbuilding tradition began in 1949 with kayaks, canoes and small boat production made of waterproof wood. Early commercial
success came in the 1950s when a large number of small crafts were exported to the United States. The Sixties heralded the dawn of
reinforced polyester, a revolutionary material that Elan used for racing kayaks and boats. The following decade the yard launched
the first sailboats and the most successful small vessel selling 10,000 units in the following years.