Launch­ing the X4 and X6 si­mul­ta­ne­ously was a bold de­ci­sion. toby hodges tests X-yachts’ new dou­ble act

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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.

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