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The atmosphere was tense when X-Yachts’ new X4³ was hanging razor-sharp in its centre lift at the yard in Haderslev, Denmark last week.

The moment was witnessed and toasted in champagne by X-Yachts dealers from around the globe, well knowing that this new member of the Pure X line will soon become the most popular model of all X-Yachts.

Prior to the launch, key riggers and boat builders worked hard to get the mast stepped and tuned, and to get the most necessary details ready for the first sea trials that were due on the following days.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the new X4.3 has gone through a serious makeover with a completely new hull and deck design together with many other improvements since its successful predecessor.

Needless today the whole yard — not least the design and engineering team — has been looking very much forward to the special moment when the beautiful new 4.3 hit the water.

Following the first day of testing design and engineering director Thomas Mielec said: “Our mast supplier John Mast has done a really nice job with the new aluminium mast that is 50cm higher than on the previous version of the X4.3.

“The mast trims to a well distributed prebend curve over the length of the mast and it’s as stiff as we like it – both in transverse and longitudinal direction.

“The new mainsheet traveller system — now upgraded with hardware from Ronstan and a 7:1 purchase — proved a very noticeable improvement on the main sheet trimming. A few points of further improvements with positioning of fittings, etc were identified in the first test and will be re-worked on the final boat.

The new X4³ is sailed out of the Haderslev yard for open water testing earlier this week

“The new hull design with wider transom and lifted soft chines suits the X4³ very well. The additional form stability is quite noticeable, as is the considerably less wake and turbulence of the heeled transom travelling through the water.

“At the helm you have a nice and direct feel. With slight adjustment to the responsiveness of the rudder, that shares the now updated design of the entire Pure X range rudders, helming this yacht will be a fantastic experience for the owners.”

X-Yachts chief executive Kræn Brinck Nielsen is just as happy as Mielec: “The first X4³ model sold more than 100 boats in four years and proved a fantastic success, but the new X4³ has already sold 23 pieces before we were even able to take the first real picture of the boat!

“We can’t wait to get her out in the market in 2022 after a full month of testing and adjusting the final bits of equipment to perfection.”

Contact Stuart Abernethy at X-Yachts GB & IRL to learn more about how to secure the next build slot for 2022 delivery.

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X-Yachts will open the gates of its yard in Haderslev, Denmark next weekend Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November for its next In-House Boat Show.

The showroom in Haderslev will be filled with some of the finest yachts the maker has to offer, while a privately owned X5⁶ — the flagship of the Pure X range — will be on the water for visitors to experience its design in its element.

In addition, the newly launched powerboat, the X-Power 33C, will be on display, both with and without its T-top.

And hear about news and technology from X-Yachts suppliers such as Raymarine, Furlerboom and many more. You can also peruse and shop for a range of X-Yachts clothing from Musto.

Light refreshments, including gourmet coffee, will be offered to guests both days — which will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Registration is not required but anyone who wants to have a more in-depth talk with one of the sales team is encouraged to get in touch in advance via the X-Yachts website HERE.

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Would you like to learn more about X-Yachts? The Experience the Brand event in Hamble this month is the next official viewing opportunity to get up close with a wide range of quality yachts.

Viewing at Hamble Point Marina outside Southampton will be open from 9.30am to 5pm daily from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October.

Following that, your next chance to experience the Danish boatbuilders’ exceptional range will be on home turf during the In-House Boat Show event at the Haderslev yard next month.

The production area at X-Yachts’ Haderslev headquarters | Credit: X-YachtsThe production area at X-Yachts’ Haderslev headquarters | Credit: X-Yachts

The premises will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November, with the indoor showroom hosting the full X-Range and X-Power on display. Production area tours available by appointment.

Be sure to email Stuart Abernathy to reserve a time slot at your event of choice.

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X-Yachts has announced its dedicated presence at the Southampton International Boat Show from 10-19 September, featuring the X4⁹.

Debbie Weldon and Stuart Abernathy from X-Yachts GB will be in attendance for the duration of the show, and visitors will find the X-Yachts stand at M452. Save time on the day and pre-register an appointment to view the X4⁹ HERE.

Pre-owned boats will also be available at various locations throughout the show, such as this Xp 33, X-34, Xc 35, Xc 38 and Xp 44 — with and Xc 45, X4⁰ and more due in soon. Get in touch with Stuart by email for more on these pre-owned yachts.

In the meantime, the Danish yacht builder is gearing up for the X-Yachts Gold Cup 2021 in Aarhus from this Thursday 26 August. The regatta programme and sailing instructions are available HERE.

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X-Yachts GB have introduced a new summer gardiennage menu which will run in the Hamble area during the summer months.

“We hope this will further increase your enjoyment and maintain the value of your X-Yacht,” the company says of the service, which is aimed at time-poor owners.

The gardiennage menu is designed to cover all aspects of your X-Yacht, from scrubbing and pressure-washing your teak deck to cleaning of interior cabins, saloon and heads as well as sail cover and battery checks.

Optional extras include fuel tank filling, laundry service, gas bottle replacement, winch service and more.

It can be scheduled weekly, biweekly or monthly and tailored to suit your requirements. To make enquiries email Debbie Weldon at [email protected]

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The Island Sailing Club put on a spectacular 90th anniversary party for the 2021 Round the Island Race, and there was an excellent turnout of X-Yachts in both the IRC & ISC classes — with some notable silverware won by the Xp 38, Red Five.

The huge fleet of over 1,200 boats showed how much people love taking part in this event. On the water there was everything from flat calm to 25-knot gusts, fog and sun.

And as with every Round the Island Race, nothing compares to the sight of the fleet stretched out around the stunning Isle of Wight coast.

Some of the X-Yachts owners who took park shared their thoughts with the yacht-builder HERE.

Meanwhile, it’s been busy at the half-year mark for X-Yachts in Hamble with five new yacht handovers to delighted owners in June.

Chirp Chirp II 

The X4⁰ Chirp Chirp II was collected from the yard in Denmark in gorgeous sunny conditions. Her aim was fast comfortable cruising for two, between the UK and Finland, and that looks to be exactly how she has come out, as the owner commented: “She is great, we had a good first sail, boy she knows how to get speed. She has a lovely feel really looking forward to eating up miles next week, we are smiling a lot.”

Pelagia

Pelagia is the name of the X4³ that has been set up for a life in warmer climes, with a while hull and bimini for the sunny Aegean Sea. She is being transported down to Athens now, and will be ready for sailing adventures in the second half of this season.

Onyx II

Another X4³, Onyx II, was specified with a dark grey hull, Flexiteek on deck, a carbon mast and boom — and with the option of longer-distance racing in the future, lithium ion batteries were also specified. The owners commented that their first night on board was A1.

Dash

Another boat with impressive dark grey topsides is the X4⁶, Dash, which also has the Flexiteek option on deck and a gorgeous Nordic oak interior. Dash be kept in Hamble and used for family cruising and occasional racing. The owners took her through her paces in the Round the Island Race last weekend with help from X-Yachts’ own Stuart Abernethy as crew.

Pelagos

Last but not least, the Xc 50 Pelagos is specified for true blue-water cruising, with twin forestays for ease of use in all conditions, and air-conditioning and water-maker systems installed for comfortable life aboard. She will winter in Hamble and then sail to the Caribbean before reaching her home on the east coast of the US.

All of these yachts are now being enjoyed by their owners, clocking up many sea miles that they have been dreaming about over the last year during their build — and there are many more to come in the second half of 2021.

If you want to join them, learn more about X-Yachts and possibly view the latest models, follow the links to get in touch with X-Yachts dealers in the UK and Ireland.

Owners please note that the X-Yachts factory in Denmark will be closed for three weeks starting 19 July. During this time X-Yachts will be unable to order any specialist parts for your yacht. If you have any questions or want to order any parts prior, please call +44 (0)23 8045 3377 or email Nick at [email protected]

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With the healthy sailing season bursting into life all around us - and doing so almost regardless of the various stages of pandemic-emergence ashore - there’s a shortage of quality used boats available worldwide, and particularly in Ireland.

So news of any "boat of note" coming to the market in perfect ready-to-go condition is like a firework going off, and Afloat.ie draws your attention to the very well-known Dun Laoghaire-based Xp44 WOW which - according to this link to X Yachts - will be “available from early July". More here

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One of most popular X-Yachts models, the X4³, is going through a serious makeover process.

This boat was the first model in the Pure X range and was introduced to the world for the first time in 2016. Since then more than 100 have been sold globally via X-Yachts’ international dealer network.

X4³s can be found in Australia, Argentina, USA and Canada throughout the whole of Europe and in Russia and China.

Thomas Mielec, X-Yachts’ director of design and engineering, explains: “What we are developing now can be described as a smaller version of the X5⁶.

“The development of the X4³ is considered to be a natural evolution incorporating the lessons learned and the visual appearance of especially the X4⁶ and X4⁰, and after having launched the X56, we saw some opportunities for the X4³ that will lift her to an even higher level”.

Redesigned hull and S-bow design

The redesigned hull shape features wider stern sections above the waterline with the Bmax brought further aft and with soft chines. This increases the downwind performance and allows for a much wider cockpit aft.

Also, the S-bow design and integrated standard bow sprit as standard introduced by the X56 has been incorporated.

The mast height and hence the sail plan has been increased compared to the present model to add to the performance and keep her more in line with the other members of the Pure X range. The longer bow sprit allows for bigger and more free flying gennakers.

Deck and sprayhood

The deck and deck liner have been completely redesigned. The appearance of the coachroof and coamings is brought to the more modern styling of the other Pure X models — and beyond.

Deck plan of the new-look X-Yachts X4³

The deck layout features longitudinal jib tracks as standard, but a self-tacking track recessed into the cabin top — as known from the newer Pure Xes — is available as an option. However, when this option is not chosen, the recess will be covered so that the aesthetic flush appearance of the cabin top is maintained.

The cabin-side port lights are designed with the same type of openable sections as on the X4⁶ and X4⁰, allowing for better ventilation and a simpler aesthetic appearance.

The cruising sailor can look forward to a redesigned sprayhood layout. Apart from protecting the family from hard weather at sea, the shape of the sprayhood will offer a sleeker visual appearance and a better forward view for the helmsman than on previous designs.

Spacious cockpit

The cockpit area is wider and more spacious and at the companionway the hinged acrylic doors and integrated rope storage at the sides (known from the X4⁰) are adopted.

The interior

The revised hull shape and slightly raised cockpit floor allows for enhanced width of the berths in the aft cabin/s and the tables and wash basins in the heads have been improved and modernised, but apart from that only minor features will be redesigned in the interior of the X4³.

“There is no need to change things that work optimally, so for now, we decided to maintain the layouts of the interior,” Mielec says.

X-Yachts expects to launch the refreshed X4³ in January 2022, with prices stating from €344,000 ex VAT. Find out more on the X-Yachts website, and click HERE to request a call-back regarding this yacht.

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X-Yachts welcomes everyone to experience first-hand the soul and heritage of its brand at the South Coast Boat Show in Southampton this coming weekend.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the X4⁹ will be part of X-Yachts’ presence at Ocean Village Marina from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 May.

Viewing slots are in high demand, with limited times available HERE.

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Spring has sprung in Denmark, prompting the X-Yachts team to take the new X-Power 33C — dubbed ‘The Red Baron’ — out of the Haderslev yard.

Chief executive Kræn Brinck Nielsen joined Kasper Brinck Mair and Martin Lindbæk, sales manager for the X-Power range, for the spin on the water just weeks after its world premiere unveiling.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the X-Power 33C marks X-Yachts’ first foray into the powerboat market following the acquisition of Swedish builder HOC Yachts in late 2019.

In other news, X-Yachts recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the X-102.

The X-102 is the second X-Yachts model launched and it was a true cruiser/racer with a centre cockpit. The boat was designed for IOR’s 3/4 ton upper rating limit of 24.55ft.

X-102 “Soldier Blue” won the 3/4 Ton World Championship in 1981 and was skippered by Ib Ussing Andersen, helmed by Jens Christensen with tactics by Lars Bo Ive, all now of North Sails fame.

Lars and Niels Jeppesen did also participate in the same championship, in another X-102, taking the seventh place.

In 1982, “Lille du” won the same title and gave X-Yachts a head start in the international yachting arena.

One of the star qualities of the X-102 and indeed all other X-Yachts models is sailing pleasure, as a recent video on the X-Yachts YouTube channel attests:

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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