is a global producer of superb yachts, with its origins in Slovenia. Some of the most competitive yachts available today come from Elan. The company was established in 1945, and they are devoted to the technical development and progressive design of their products for their customers around the world. The Winter division at Elan manufactures skis and snowboards, the Marine division produces sailing yachts. Elan Inventa is the leading brand in central Europe and the Balkans, providing sports facilities with all necessary equipment. Elan’s production facilities are located between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia on the Adriatic coast. Elan owns five companies, in Canada, Germany & Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Elan’s boatbuilding began in 1949 with kayaks, canoes and small boat production made of waterproof wood. The 1960s introduced 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. The 1980s were saw a significant shift towards the production of larger cruiser-racer sailing yachts, designed by the now J&J Design studio, including the legendary the Elan 31, which won the Quarter Ton World Championship with Dušan Puh. Elan has won the European Yacht of the Year twice, in 1995 and 2011. They were nominated twice more, in 2012 and 2014.