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Old 02-02-2014
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Xc 35

Talking about X-Yachts and Niels Jeppesen, I visited his last work at Dusseldorf boat show, the XC 35 and I have only one word to describe it: Cute

That is a very nice little boat that did not have convinced my wife that prefers the quality of French interior design. Maybe I have a better eye for the quality of building and finish that in this boat is superb:





















There are very few things that I don't like on this boat, being one of them the big cockpit table that is not removable and that takes away a lot of space from the cockpit that being the one of a 35ft boat is not big. One of those folding ones that disappear on the cockpit floor would be a far better solution.

But I really don't understand the market concept of this boat. They say:

(The XC 35) "will become the newest member of the highly praised and awarded long distance Xcruising range. The Xc 35 is designed to offer a smoother voyage than typical performance cruisers, by having a relatively heavier displacement and deeper hull sections. These deeper V-shaped hull sections help the Xc models give a more comfortable motion in large waves, especially when heading upwind under sail or engine."

But then the boat has a beam of 3.52m, similar to other mass market cruising boats has a weight of 6450 kg that is comparable with the one of a Bavaria 36 and the boat has not more rocker than the typical mass production cruiser so I guess that all that talk regarding a superior comfort in sea motion is just talk.

A very nice boat, but who would chose such a small boat to long distance cruising, a boat with limited storage and tankage that cost the price of a more seaworthy and comfortable much bigger boat? The basic price of this little beauty is over 190 000 euros.

Contrary to what they claim this is much more of a nice coastal luxury cruiser than a voyage boat...and I don't believe they will sell many of them. The 38 and the bigger boats on the XC line make a lot more sense in what regards long range cruising in comfort and luxury.
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