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Since meeting Niels Jeppsen and seeing two of his boats at a Paris boat show, I have been impressed with X-yachts for a number of reasons. They seem to be set up for real sailing, with gear sized properly to do the job, and line-handling systems sensibly layed out so you can adjust things that need adjusting and not trip over spaghettti everywhere. They also seem to do well on the racecourse too, with impressive results over many years in a variety of major events both in Europe and the U.S.
Joinery below can also be also nicely done, though that will depend more on the specific model you look at - some can be quite stripped out.
A good many Scandinavian boats use (or used) steel structural grids - Albin comes tto mind as well. I have seen older Albins with rust in their grids that looked pretty bad, but which in reality simply needed wirebrushing, priming, and epoxy paint so they could last for another 20 years. X-yachts'' steel grids are probably painted at the facrtory ( Their site will certainly mention it.) , while Albin''s were not, so that issue may be minimal for you.