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Danes unveil additions to X factor range

Published on December 11, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Fotos_0008_X4 Exterior

The latest in the X-Yachts cruising fleet, the ‘Xcellent’ 40 foot X4, has just been announced and looks to be their most ‘Xquisite’ yacht to date. The X4 will be the second in the Danish yacht builder’s‘X’ range and baby sister to the X6, which will be launched in March 2016.

The new X type complements the existing two ranges Xperformance (Xp) and Xcruising (Xc) and have been designed to offer excellent sailing without having to give up too many cruising comforts.

X-Yachts was founded in Denmark in 1979 and has always been synonymous with high-performance yachting. Over the last 36 years the Company has built more than 5,000 yachts alongside winning nine official World Championship titles and delivering almost 1,000 ISAF-recognized one-design class yachts.


Fotos_0009_X4 transomThe focus of the Company has increasingly been on offshore performance yachts, beginning in the 1990s. In 2009 the Xc range was designed to allow long-distance cruising in style with the same speed that was found in their racing yachts.  This was largely thanks to their V-shaped hulls that provide greater interior volume and stability without impacting performance.

The first in the Xcruising range, the Xc 45, was awarded the 2009 European Yacht of the Year at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, followed shortly afterwards by its younger sibling, the Xc 38, winning the same award in 2011.

Advanced materials have been used to make the new X range hulls as light as strong as possible, with vacuum epoxy-infused fibres in a sandwich construction and carbon fibre reinforcement giving the hulls extraordinary rigidity. The hulls are also wrapped in Eglass and carbon skins which provide additional strength and protection from impacts. These construction techniques, influenced by the Xp range, have allowed for 15-20% weight savings altogether when compared to traditionally-built 60 foot cruisers.

Fotos_0011_X6 Overview

On both the X4 and X6, a variety of layouts are available to prospective owners. Although they both come with three double cabins as standard, the X6, with an extra 20 feet to play with, has three en-suites opposed to the smaller X4’s single head. The X6 also has the option to add a fourth single cabin to the standard layout.

As you’d expect from Danish designers, the interiors have a very clean and modern look utilising natural materials such as soft leather and hardwoods. There is plenty of hidden storage which keeps the interiors minimalist and uncluttered. X Yachts claim that the finish on its X range will be akin to the superior finishing found on larger superyachts – a claim that has been substantiated year after year by its loyal customer base and army of fans.

The sail options are geared for simple handling by one or two people, and the rigging is offered in various guises with the mainsail rolled in the boom or the mast, or simply battened.

Fotos_0010_X6 At sail

All of this adds up to an assortment of comfortable family cruisers with speedy alter egos derived from their racing siblings.

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