First of hi tech X series unveiled

by • December 16, 2016 • older, YachtsComments Off340

The latest 60 footer from Danish builder X-Yachts was unveiled to the world at this autumn’s Southampton Boat show. The X series was conceived to complement the company’s two existing Xperformance (Xp) and Xcruising (Xc) line ups and is intended to combine excellent sailing capabilities with a modern and spacious interior. While the Xc range is optimised for those looking to cruise long distances across oceans the X6 (together with the smaller X4) are geared to produce the optimum design for those who also plan to spend extended periods on board, but intend to spend more time in areas such as the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, or island hopping in the Caribbean.

Two years was spent striving to reach a distinctive style for the interior, which echoes that normally only seen on larger super yachts. Numerous fixed hull and deck port lights, together with more than a dozen opening deck hatches, provide ample natural light and ventilation. The deck layout has twin wheels, a fold-down transom bathing platform, and high quality deck gear that’s arranged to make it easy for keen sailors to extract the best from the rig.

While many new yachts are optimised only for reaching conditions, the designers of the X6 have looked for a more rounded performance profile. For instance, the deep v hull shape, modest displacement and generous stability point towards a comfortable motion when sailing upwind in a rough sea.

The X6 is built using the same hi-tech, low-weight construction techniques as the latest generation Xp racer-cruisers, including vacuum infused epoxy with localised carbon fibre reinforcement. The weight saved allows for the installation of long-range fuel and water tanks, larger battery banks and optional equipment such as water makers and dive compressors to be fitted without sacrificing performance.

Owners are offered a high degree of customisation, with a full range of rig options that includes a Park Avenue boom, and in-boom or in-mast furling. There is a choice of shallow and deep draft keels, with ‘L’ and ‘T’ bulbs, as well as a choice of cockpit furniture and an optional mainsheet arch with integrated bimini.

  • Hull length 19.1 m
  • Waterline length 17.85m
  • Beam 5.4m
  • Draught (standard keel) 3.0m
  • Draught (shallow keel) 2.6m
  • Draught (deep keel) 3.4m
  • Fuel tank 1,200 litres
  • Water tank 1,000 litres
  • Mainsail 130sq m
  • Genoa (106%) 90sq m
  • Asymmetric spinnaker 280sq m
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