X-Yachts Xp 55

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True dual-pur­pose cruiser-rac­ers are ever harder to find in to­day’s in­creas­ingly seg­mented sail­boat mar­ket—which is one rea­son why our judges were so impressed with the Xp 55 from Den­mark’s X-Yachts. This sleek at­trac­tive sloop, only re­cently ar­rived in the States, of­fers truly lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions in a per­for­mance de­sign that will also make you look good on the race­course. With a finely honed mix of use­ful cruis­ing fea­tures, like a fold-down tran­som, dinghy garage and a large fold-away teak cock­pit ta­ble, plus go-fast fea­tures like a finely sculpted high-as­pect rud­der, op­tional car­bon rig and deep lead-bal­lasted T-bulb keel, this is one boat that will also not send rac­ing crews sprint­ing for ho­tel rooms af­ter the tro­phies are handed out.

Build qual­ity is top notch. The boat’s foam-cored glass lam­i­nate is re­in­forced with car­bon fiber in crit­i­cal ar­eas and is all set in vac­u­umin­fused epoxy resin and post-cured in an oven. X-Yachts’ trade­mark su­per-strong keel grid (which is con­structed of car­bon fiber in its Xp boats) en­sures that the boat’s high-per­for­mance keel with cast-iron fin and a lead bulb will stay firmly at­tached to the hull in a hard ground­ing. Mean­while, belowdecks the qual­ity of the join­ery­work is su­perb and im­me­di­ately sets this el­e­gant craft apart from most other mod­ern pro­duc­tion boats. With a wide choice of qual­ity hard­woods, from oak to teak to wal­nut, and a broad ar­ray of fabric op­tions, each owner can dial in a dis­tinc­tive look.

Best of all, the boat is a joy to sail. With its well-thought-out cock­pit and line con­trols, the boat can be man­aged by a full-on race crew or by a cou­ple or fam­ily on an ex­tended blue­wa­ter cruise. With a choice be­tween an alu­minum or car­bon rig, cruis­ing or rac­ing keels and even four-dif­fer­ent bowsprit treat­ments of­fer­ing a mix of sail­han­dling and ground-tackle op­tions, the boat’s na­ture can be ori­ented most any­where you like on a very broad cruis­ing-rac­ing spec­trum. x-yachts.com

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