ON TEST X4 & X6
Launching the X4 and X6 simultaneously was a bold decision. toby hodges tests X-yachts’ new double act
XYachts builds dependable cruiserracers, right? Reliably built performance yachts that get regatta results – not glitzy trendsetters? Well, with its dual launch heralding an all-new line this autumn, there appears to be change afoot.
The Danish brand certainly likes to keep its Southampton-based design team busy. It designs everything in house and, in the last eight years alone, has brought out new ranges of both Xc cruising yachts and Xp performance yachts.
It therefore made for unexpected and exciting news when X-yachts announced the X6 in 2014, revealing a powerful new raised saloon cruising yacht with aggressive lines, wraparound coachroof windows and a mainsheet arch. It seemed a radical move for this level headed brand, but it wasn’t a one-off. X-yachts has now created a whole new ‘X’ line by launching the X4 simultaneously this summer.
However, I couldn’t help but wonder whether there is room for a third model run. “Many clients feel that the Xp models are too race-oriented while the Xc boats are too heavy and classic-looking,” X-yachts’s founder Niels Jeppesen explains. “So we went back to X-yachts’s roots to design a very good, fast cruising yacht.”
The new ‘X’ line has similar modern lines to the Xp performance models, but with more volume and increased payload capacity. It is slightly heavier than the Xp but with the same T-shaped keel, rudder and ballast. ‘X’ models have vacuum-infused epoxy hulls, as per the Xp, but include X-yachts’ renowned steel grid for stiffness.
“The X range is for those who want a sexy, modern-looking boat, but whose priority is cruising,” says Jeppesen. With 14 of the X4s selling immediately, this range has had a flying start. So I went to Haderslev to test them both.