Yachting World - - On Test: X4 & X6 -

Head­ing be­low, my first im­pres­sions were a lit­tle an­ti­cli­mac­tic fol­low­ing such an en­joy­able sail. It just seemed a tad plain; I have seen the ‘oak Alpi’ look used a lot across pro­duc­tion yachts re­cently and it seemed out of place for a pedi­gree Scan­di­na­vian yard like X-yachts (al­though the stan­dard fin­ish is still teak).

This is a sore point for this builder, as in the past, X-yachts has been crit­i­cised for be­ing too con­ser­va­tive with its tra­di­tional teak in­te­ri­ors. How­ever, my reser­va­tions are about more than sim­ply the choice of ve­neer. The in­te­rior of the X4 – the qual­ity of the fin­ish – didn’t come across as a cut above the mass pro­duc­tion yards. In essence, it lacked that feel­ing of lux­ury.

Some of this can be put down to her size – at 41ft there is only so much you can do with the space – but the door­ways, for ex­am­ple, still felt un­nec­es­sar­ily nar­row (al­though X-yachts have now im­proved the frame de­tail­ing to make them wider) and of­fered just 5ft 7in head­room. In com­par­i­son, the in­te­rior of the X6 (over­leaf) has more ‘wow fac­tor’ than any other pro­duc­tion yacht I’ve seen re­cently.

The X4 has a con­ven­tional three-cabin two heads lay­out. A two-cabin lay­out will be avail­able in 2017, which I think would work bet­ter for this size and tar­get mar­ket. The Oceanair blinds, op­tional in­di­rect floor lights, and il­lu­mi­nated LED light switches are smart de­sign touches and there is good all-round ac­cess to the en­gine space.


The test boat lacks a ded­i­cated navs­ta­tion hence the sa­loon feels ex­tra roomy. In this three-cabin for­mat, there is only the op­tion to build in a min­i­mum-size chart ta­ble ad­join­ing the aft part of the star­board sofa. The two-cabin op­tion will have a ded­i­cated for­ward-fac­ing navs­ta­tion.

It’s a smart area with plenty of nat­u­ral light. The flip-top ta­ble with in­te­grated wine-bot­tle stowage is large enough for six. There are four raised lock­ers each side of the sa­loon, but with tanks lo­cated be­neath the berths for op­ti­mum weight place­ment, stor­age space is a lit­tle lim­ited in the sa­loon.


The gal­ley is smart and func­tional. It has a light, prac­ti­cal lay­out with ad­e­quate stor­age, a Co­rian fid­dled work­top, dou­ble sink and top-open­ing 90lt fridge. A front-open­ing sec­ond fridge is op­tional, as are ac­ces­sories like Ne­spresso ma­chine and mi­crowave. A dou­ble bin slides out from be­low the sink.

For­ward cabin

Duck through the door­way and you’ll find a light and invit­ing cabin. The op­tional en-suite in place of an ex­tra wardrobe seems to make

Above: The op­tional oak Alpi decor. “We are be­ing asked more and more for light wood fin­ishes,” says X-yachts’s founder Niels Jeppe­sen

Far right: Aft cabin dou­ble berth

Right: The three­cabin ver­sion in­cludes a min­i­mal chart ta­ble

Be­low: The mas­ter cabin bed has plenty of stowage be­neath

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