In­te­rior panache

Yachting World - - On Test: X4 & X6 -

stowage – there is room to stow a RIB fac­ing for­ward on a roller-launch­ing sys­tem that hinges down, as the aft deck lifts up – help iden­tify her as very much a scaled-down su­pery­acht.

Twin rud­ders are un­usual for X-yachts. The X73 in 2001 was the first model to have twin rud­ders – mak­ing room for the ten­der garage. “We don’t do it on smaller mod­els be­cause of prop walk,” Jeppe­sen ex­plained. “But at this size you have a stern thruster.”

The X6 has very sim­i­lar hull lines to the X65 I tested in 2009, seven of which were pro­duced. She has a sim­i­lar price and spec­i­fi­ca­tion but her in­te­rior de­sign is a quan­tum leap ahead. To de­scend the bare teak steps of the shal­low com­pan­ion­way is to wit­ness a new dawn for X-yachts. Yes we’ve seen a lot of raised sa­loon mod­els be­fore, but this has lash­ings of added panache. Stand in the sa­loon and you are at the per­fect height for nearpanoramic views, in­clud­ing that most prized an­gle look­ing for­ward over the flush fore­deck. The amount of nat­u­ral light in the sa­loon and gal­ley is phe­nom­e­nal.

Lift up the floor­boards in the sa­loon and you’ll find high-cal­i­bre en­gi­neer­ing:

X-yachts’s gal­vanised steel grid im­me­di­ately im­parts peace of mind; the tanks and bat­ter­ies are all cen­trally po­si­tioned for op­ti­mum weight man­age­ment and the hoses and wire looms are housed in me­tal cra­dles to keep them neatly to­gether and out of the bilges. The ply­wood soles are thicker than those used in my house. I’m told that match­ing the wal­nut ve­neer in those lengths was some­what tricky. The pre­dom­i­nant trim is light oak Alpi again, but this has been brushed when bare for a more tac­tile fin­ish.

By pro­vid­ing a mod­u­lar lay­out to the three-part ac­com­mo­da­tion plan, X-yachts can of­fer a va­ri­ety of op­tions. The test boat had a four-cabin for­mat (two Pull­mans and two dou­ble cab­ins). The choice of an ex­tra Pull­man for­ward, re­duces the size of the sail locker and re­moves the space for a fore­peak crew cabin. The aft Pull­man is ide­ally placed for a pro­fes­sional crew next to the walk-in en­gine room and gal­ley, al­though the ad­di­tion of an en-suite here would make it more prac­ti­cal for crew use.

The tele­scopic cof­fee ta­ble in the sa­loon is an odd, over-com­pli­cated de­vice with four di­ag­o­nal fold­ing leaf sec­tions to seat a max­i­mum of seven. Com­bined with a small cock­pit ta­ble, this re­stricts the op­tions for host­ing any kind of slap-up meal from the won­der­fully light and large gal­ley, the size and qual­ity of which is a real sell­ing point of the boat. It has a phe­nom­e­nal amount of locker space and cold stor­age, plus space for ex­tras like a trash com­pactor, cof­fee ma­chine, dish­washer, and mi­crowave.

The owner’s cabin for­ward, with over

7ft of head­room, is again well lit and

Above: The op­tion of a Pull­man cabin aft makes for a prac­ti­cal sea berth, or, sit­u­ated next to the en­gine room and gal­ley, it is ideal for pro­fes­sional crew

Above: The owner’s cabin for­ward has 7ft head­room and plenty of nat­u­ral light through the hatch and the port­lights

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