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THE WINNER OF THE 2017 BEST FULL-SIZE CRUISER UNDER 50 FEET.
Winner: X-Yachts X4
Many sailors believe that sizewise, the sweet spot for cruising boats lies somewhere between 40 and 50 feet. That was certainly the case in the 2017 Boat of the Year contest, where five strong competitors — the Catalina 425, Dufour 460 Grand Large, Elan Impression 45, Hallberg-Rassy 40 MK II and X-Yachts X4 — constituted the fleet’s single biggest class. When it came to deciding which was the best, the judges certainly had their work cut out for them.
As previously noted, the panel was duly smitten by the Catalina 425. The French builder Dufour has also found much success in the BOTY competition; its 382 was named Best Midsize Cruiser for 2016. This year the company entered a larger yacht, the Dufour 460, which also drew praise from the judging team.
Tim Murphy said: “The boat is part of a series that includes the Dufour 500 and 560, and there’s a definite theme among all of them. The design writ called for a boat intended for coastal cruising and social cruising, with the ability to make passages but not for long-term living aboard. And there are some interesting innovations. They have a pop-up galley in the stern with a grill, sink and fish-cleaning platform. They’re aiming at a whole lifestyle, I think. Down below, they’ve inverted the traditional layout of a cruising boat by putting the galley all the way forward. It was unusual, but it really worked. And it was pretty darn nice to sail. It’s kind of the middle boat in this grouping; some of the others have extreme features off to the sides. There are a lot of good things going on here.”
Good things were also happening aboard the 45-foot Elan Impression. “Elan’s E and S lines are performance-oriented, while the Impressions are dedicated cruising boats,” said Murphy. “There are four boats in this line, all designed by the renowned British designer Rob Humphreys. They’re different from the performance lines, with a single rudder, not twin rudders; a keel-stepped mast, while the others are deck-stepped; and with the mainsheet controls up on the coachroof, not in the cockpit, so you can have a proper bimini. It’s a fairly good value compared to its competitors, too.”
Speaking of the competition, Carol Hasse was enamored of the Hallberg-Rassy 40 MK II. “The joinery down below is exquisite,” she said. “The handholds and fiddles are exactly where they should be. There’s an amazing amount of standard safety gear. There’s no boat in the fleet that is more highly attuned to what is really seaworthy.”
Murphy concurred with that assessment. “As far as the fit and finish down below, this is bar none the one that I would most like to live in,” he said. If there was a strike against the Swedish-built yacht, it was that the MK II version was really an updated version of a popular 40-footer that’s been in production for nearly a decade, with more than 150 units already built.
The 41-foot X-Yachts X4, manufactured in Denmark, was the final boat in the class. “It’s in between the company’s Xp series, which is very directly performance-oriented, and their Xc series, which is cruising-oriented,” said Murphy.
“It has, I believe, the best structure of all the boats in this category,” he continued. “It’s a galvanized steel grid frame in the bilge of the boat. It gives the boat incredible stiffness. It’s also built with epoxy, which is the best resin you can build boats out of. They paid strict attention to the weight of the boat. I think they’ve largely hit their mark of providing more cruising comfort than their full-on performance boats do. And yet during our sea trials, it was clear they’d kept it a really nice sailing boat.”
Hasse agreed: “It was a lovely boat to sail, an effortless helm.”
Ed Sherman dug a little deeper. “It’s a quiet boat,” he said. “The construction level is very high. I loved the steel grid concept, and the fact that the boat could be lifted by one single eye that’s actually part of the frame and is pretty much an X-Yachts signature trademark. It speaks to the integrity of the build and the weight balance, because they literally just hook that one eye and yank it up.
“The thing we need to balance out,” he added, “is which side of the fence does it lean on? More toward the racer or the cruiser? In my opinion, it’s more toward the racer, but I also like it as a cruiser/racer. It’s a very versatile boat.”
When the final votes were tallied, Sherman’s colleagues readily agreed by naming the X-Yachts X4 the year’s Best Full-Size Cruiser Under 50 Feet.
Xp 44, GarliX, completes the World ARC!
All the way around!
Congratulations to Xp44, Garlix on completing the World ARC!
You may remember when X-Yachts reported back in 2015 on the sailing yacht Garlix, the Xp44, who had just completed the World Cruising Club ARC rally and was getting ready to head off on an adventure of a lifetime taking part in the World ARC.
The Round the World Rally saw 24 yachts set off from St Lucia on a epic cruise together around the world making stops at Colombia, Panama, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Suwarrow, Niue, Tonga and Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa, St Helena and Brazil before heading back up to the Caribbean.
We are delighted to report that after an amazing 15 months Garlix is now back in St Lucia and has finished the rally along with all the other yachts.
Owners Jens and Dagmar have said they have had a wonderful time on their trip and are currently in St Lucia having a well earned celebration with the other yachts. If you want to know more about their journey they have written a blog which is online at http://sy-garlix.de
However, their trip isn’t over yet! Garlix and her crew only have a short stop over in St Lucia before heading up to Tortola to prepare for ARC Europe . Starting on 7th May ARC Europe will seeing them back to Europe and back to where the adventure began.
X-Yachts unveils the second model in its newest range of performance cruisers
X4 is the second model to be launched by X-Yachts in the brand new range, X. The first model in this range to be designed was the X6 which is set to launch in May 2016.
Designed to complement both the existing two ranges, Xperformance (Xp) and Xcruising (Xc), X models will offer both excellent sailing capabilites and a modern spacious interior. The new ‘X’ models will include innovative design features above and below deck, the latest build technologies and the use of exceptionally high quality materials. By introducing this range, X-Yachts continues sharing the passion for “Superb Sailing Pleasure”.
The X4 will be sailing by mid-Summer 2016 and be present at a wide variety of Autumn boat shows.
The hull is made using vacuum infused epoxy sandwich lamination technology to ensure maximum strength and safety. The X4 offers sailors a substantial keel weight and sail plan making it a dream to sail into wind and waves.
11 fixed hull and deck port lights and 12 open able deck hatches ensures maximum interior ventilation and light.
6 well sized self-tailing winches for halyards, genoa and main sheet.
All X-Yachts normal features including encapsulated lead keel, hydraulic backstay adjuster, discontinuous rod rigging and Spectra halyards are standard.
Over the past two years, interior designers and carpenters have been striving to reach an ‘expression’ for the X6, normally only seen on larger super yachts. The X4 interior will be incorporating inspriation from the evolution of this design process.
New stylish bookshelves, located behind the nav station and recessed into the bulkhead separating the owner’s and sail’s cabin add to excquisite interior detailing.
The surface finish will be O-Tech veneer for the first ten boats whilst the standard is a darker T-Tech veneer.
The owner’s cabin is large and spacious thanks to an increased hull beam.
For more details on the X4 and X6, please contact us.
Thinking about purchasing a bluewater sailboat? Check out our article in Latitudes Magazine on choosing the perfect one.
No, you are not looking at Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShip. This is a photograph of a brand new X-Yachts Xp44 (& her excited owner) shown in the spotless X-Yachts Production facility in Haderslev, Denmark. She is currently aboard a 7 Star Transport Ship en route to her new home in Annapolis, MD.
Below, New X-Yachts are in various stages of completion.
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