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X yachts: X6
I have posted briefly about the X6 when the boat was announced but this boat deserves much more: It is a new approach from X yachts to cruising. After the XP series for performance cruising and racing, the Xc series for cruising, in quite a classical type of offshore boats, X yachts come with a new line for offshore cruising, pointing to blue water boats more modern and possibly faster than the rather classic XC line.
The first one it will be a 60 ft and we have already more images of the boat that will give us a good idea of the boat:
The boat is described this way by X yachts:
"The X6 represents the first in a new development of performance cruising yachts. The twin-rudder X6 will utilise the same hi-tech construction techniques as X-Yachts adopted to build their latest generation Xp racer-cruisers, including vacuum infused epoxy with localised carbon for strength, stiffness and stability. It also comes from the same drawingboard as the award-winning Xcruising family.
Combining the best elements of these two world-beating ranges will be an all-new, luxurious and impressively fast collection of performance cruising yachts for state of the art bluewater sailing.
The first model will be in the 60-foot range, a sector which is dominated by traditionally styled, relatively heavy cruising yachts. In developing their latest model, by using the Xp construction techniques, X-Yachts sets out to achieve a 15-20 per cent weight saving over a traditionally built 60ft cruiser, while offering improved performance and amenities compared to Mediterranean-style 'daysailer' yachts. The new models will be offered with a wide choice of sail options, with high priority given to ensuring the yacht is easily handled with just one or two crew.....
The mainsheet may be led down to the cockpit sole (as standard) or onto a carbon arch, offered as an option to create a clear and safe cockpit. High specification deck gear includes furling headsails with optional hydraulic rams, self-tacking jibs, and an inner forestay, all designed to create an adaptable and easily managed sail plan....
The huge transom garage combines storage for a Jet RIB tender of up to 3.2m, with roller launch system and integral powered winch....
The X6īs hull is designed to meet the demands from sailors, who want to enjoy sailing in a wide range of conditions. Opposite to the mainstream trends of yachts with a very modern appearance, X6 is meant to be enjoyable and easily controllable in more than just Ďreachingí conditions. The upwind performance and sea keeping has been given a lot of attention whilst choosing design parameters and various aspect ratios.
Achieving comfort when sailing to windward in a rough sea was an essential prerequisite in the X6 hull design. Deep V sections, modest displacement, generous stability, and a powerful yet easy to handle sail plan offer smooth sailing through the waves. This combined with the thoroughbred X-Yachts
racing heritage delivers a new generation of world class cruising yachts."
Very Italian in the hull concept...I would nor mind to live permanently in something like that
As you can see this is another big modern fast cruiser designed to be solo or duo crewed and it will be more modern and fast than their very traditional line of XC cruisers that are meant to compete with Halberg-Rassy and the like. This one is another story...a nicer one in my opinion
They talk about a performance cruiser but that is to be taken with a grain of salt. The boat weights 29.5T while the Salona 60, a direct competitor heights only 24.0T.
I visited the Salona 60 on Dusseldorf and it is just an incredible boat, no doubt fast, with all controls at the wheels, also meant to be sailed solo or by a crew. It has also a great interior... a true house and a fast one too
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