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X-Yachts GB & IRL are delighted to announce that the first boats in the new generation X4³ model are now starting to arrive in Hamble.

As previously noted on Afloat.ie, the new X4³ has gone through a serious makeover with a completely new hull and deck design together with many other improvements since its successful predecessor.

To arrange a viewing aboard one, contact Stuart Abernethy at +44 7500 947896 or [email protected].

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Earlier in 2022, X-Yachts GB and IRL in Hamble were delighted to accept delivery of a highly specified X-Power 33.

Launching off the impressive ‘Max Hunt’ lorry, the team headed straight to the Solent for the vessel’s first sea trial. Drone footage courtesy of Max Hunt — many thanks for sharing!

“With the Yanmar 380hp inboard diesel and the T-Top with retractable sun awning, she is both exciting and practical,” X-Yachts’ Stuart Abernathy says.

“Combine this with a comfortable cabin below decks and separate electrical toilet, she will suit someone looking for a motor boat with style and overnight practicality.”

For more details, and to learn more about the twin outboard version for 2023, get in touch with Stuart Abernathy.

On board the sleek open deck of the X-Power 33On board the sleek open deck of the X-Power 33

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X-Yachts GB has a brand new X4⁶ ready to go from its Hamble location.

The white vessel in the split aft berth option comes with a V-furling boom, three electrical winches and a generator.

For more details, get in touch with Stuart Abernathy now.

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X-Yachts has made its first steps on the green transition with its hybrid-powered X4⁹E, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The custom edition of the X4⁹ comes with a new propulsion suite developed and supplied by Finnish OceanVolt, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric motors for recreational boats.

Its two 10 kW electric saildrives, 28.8 kWh lithium battery bank and onboard DC generator with capacity of 11 kW aim to make long-distance crossings a reality.

And speaking of reality, the first model is now undergoing extensive test sailing before making its debut in the Garmin Round Denmark Race on 15 June.

The X4⁹E will be subjected to extensive sea trials ahead of the Round Denmark Race on 15 June | Credit: X-YachtsThe X4⁹E will be subjected to extensive sea trials ahead of the Round Denmark Race on 15 June | Credit: X-Yachts

Before that, X-Yachts owners are gathering in Bogense, Denmark for the 2022 X community event alongside the round-island race, the Als Rundt Classic, on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June.

All X-Yachts, big or small, can register for the race but those only seeking a fun social occasion are more than welcome.

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The South Coast Boat Show is almost here — and X-Yachts will be on hand to welcome you to come and experience in person the soul and heritage of their brand.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, both the Pure X (represented by the X4³) and new X-Power (in the form of the X-Power 33C) ranges will be on show at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May.

To book a private appointment, get in touch with Debbie Weldon — and book your complimentary ticket to the show HERE.

Then the following weekend, X-Yachts owners will gather in Hamble for the 2022 Solent Cup hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The regatta is set to deliver a fun, competitive programme of racing exclusively for X-Yachts’ owners and crew.

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X-Yachts GB & IRL is gearing up for a busy month of May, beginning with the South Coast Boat Show.

Both the Pure X and new X-Power ranges will be on show at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May. Book your complimentary ticket to the show HERE.

Then the following weekend, X-Yachts owners will gather in Hamble for the 2022 Solent Cup hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The regatta is set to deliver a fun, competitive programme of racing exclusively for X-Yachts’ owners and crew.

Ashore, regatta guests will have the opportunity to relax, socialise and explore Hamble and the surrounding area.

For more information and how to join in the action, get in touch with Debbie Weldon.

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Leading up to the One Ton Cup in 1990, X-Yachts received an unusual order: to build the world’s best one-tonner, with money no object.

Thirty-two years later and Birger Hansen brings the historic vessel back to its birthplace.

Okyalos X is the most advanced boat ever built by the Danish performance brand, and Birger describes the boat as “the Stradivarius of X-Yachts”.

"With no limits in budgets, we could build it in the most optimal way possible. Actually, it turned out to be optimised so much...well, there’s all kinds of little details,” Birger says.

“For example, all the fittings were made from titanium. All of them! There’s no stainless steel anywhere on that boat. Stanchions, chain plates, tiller…everything is made from titanium.”

Stay tuned for the full story about the return of Okyalos X on the X-Yachts website HERE.

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X-Yachts GB & IRL in Hamble are delighted to receive the UK’s first X-Power 33C here.

The yacht is in the care of X-Yachts’s agents for Britain and Ireland for the months of April and May before being moved to its new home birth on the west coast.

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.

Get in touch with Stuart Abernathy directly to arrange your private viewing while the yacht is Hamble.

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Every X-Yacht is designed with performance in mind — and the X4⁹E is no exception.

The new update of the X4⁹ is the first X-Yacht built as a hybrid-powered yacht, and the first in a new range of electric-powered sailboats that the Danish performance yacht maker says is “a natural step” towards supporting a greener future.

The X4⁹E is fitted with 2 x 10 kW electric saildrives, a 28.8 kWh lithium battery bank and an onboard DC generator with capacity of 11 kW.

X-Yachts says the hybrid concept was chosen to make long-distance crossings possible without worrying about distance limitations.

It adds: “Based on our path of 42 years of innovative yachts and heritage, combined with Danish green and sustainable energy, we look forward to launching the first electric sailboat in May 2022.”

For much more on the new X4⁹E, see the X-Yachts website HERE.

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A loose grub screw was apparently the reason why a Dutch owner of an X-Yachts X4⁹ experienced rudder failure while taking part in a transatlantic cruising race.

During the ARC January race out of Gran Canaria last month, the rudder stock fell out of the top bearing on the affected vessel.

In addition to the loss of steering, the movement of the rudder stock damaged the GRP tube which encapsulates the bottom bearing and forms a water seal towards the inside of the boat.

The crew contacted X-Yachts Holland via satellite phone for guidance in resolving the issue. They were unsuccessful in their attempts to reinsert the rudder stock not the top bearing and were only able to partially secure the top in position.

While they managed to steady the water ingress to a level where the bilge pump could keep up, the crew feared a worsening situation and the next day chose to evacuate the boat and board two other yachts which were attending the race.

Two days after the evacuation, the boat’s insurance company entered with a salvage company who found the boat afloat four days later via its tracker. The generator had stopped but the bilge pump was running and the water level in the boat was still below floorboard level.

The salvage crew got the rudder stock in place and secured in the top rudder bearing relatively quickly, and they had the leak repaired and the water pumped out, after which they could tow the boat towards Gran Canaria some 1,400 nautical miles away.

X-Yachts’ director of design and engineering Thomas Mielec, was ready to meet the boat in Gran Canaria and along with the salvage company and insurance company began a joint effort to identify the cause of the damage.

Diagram showing the structure of the rudder stock on the X4⁹Diagram showing the structure of the rudder stock on the X4⁹

“The crew from the boat took photos and video in their attempt to repair the rudder, and it appeared that the top bearing had separated, and the rudder stock had dropped down,” Mielec said.

“The rudder bearing union nut, which holds the bearing together, had simply turned off the thread at the bottom of the inner housing, and this meant that the rudder and rudder stock, which are otherwise fixed in the bearing, had dropped downwards and out of the bearing.

”This happened even though the locking screw was in place in the union nut, and that with only one impression mark, ie without traces or burrs, which could indicate that the union nut had been turned off with the locking screw engaged. The other parts of the bearing showed no signs of overload prior to the incident in general.”

X-Yachts says it is still too early to draw a conclusion of the definitive cause of the damage, but Mielec suggests two possible scenarios based on the facts and observations found, with the second assessed as most likely:

  1. If it is established that there is no trace of Loctite on the locking screw, one possible scenario is that, in error, the locking screw was never secured with Loctite during manufacture of the bearing, and that the screw, without being noticed, had loosened over a period of two years, permitting the nut to also unscrew over time.
  2. If tests show that there were traces of Loctite in an expected amount on the locking screw, the cause could be that the safety screw had been removed/loosened by mistake during service work, which was carried out in Spain in November.

X-Yachts notes that the locking screw in question is only intended to be operated during the manufacturing of the bearing itself, and it is not necessary/permitted to touch during either assembly or possibly disassembly of the rudder in the yacht.

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