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Ensuring there’s no unnecessary high resistance in the water is one key to the success of X-Yachts hull designs over the years, as CEO and founder Niels Jeppesen explains in the latest instalment of its video series, which you can watch below.

Jeppesen highlights features such as hinged propellers that close into a fin shape when not in use, retractable bow thrusters, and optimise placement of water tanks among features that make their boats’ handling a breeze in or out of the marina.

Previously, Jeppesen covered how the Danish sailing yacht builder arrived at its unique brand name.

Published in X-Yachts GB & IRL
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The 10th February 1979 was a big day in the life of Danish Yacht Firm X Yachts. Niels Jeppesen and Birger Hansen officially started up the company at precisely 8 am.

Lars Jeppesen, having recently finished his education as a boat builder was travelling for 3 months…

Niels and Birger simply couldn’t wait – they had to start up the project. So… on 10th February, the drawings for the racing sailboat of 7.8 metres were ready. And on this particular date, the two guys started producing the plug for the hull. They both looked forward to surprising Lars when he came back from his journey.

In this process, the plug was extended by 10 cm. The boat length was then 7.9 metres, and thereby creating its own name.

Niels and Birger had difficulties agreeing on a name for the boat, so they started by naming it X.

Lars Jeppesen read about the project after having picked up a poste restante letter in Cairo. In this letter, there was an enclosed press cutting from a local newspaper which stated that Niels, Birger and Lars had started up their own yard: “Nordsø Bådværft by Jeppesen and Hansen’s Boat Building Yard”.

On 9th May 1979, X-79 number 1 was launched in Aabenraa Denmark, in connection with a local boat show.

One month later, the yard participated with 2 X-79’s in “Sjælland Rundt” (a hardcore racing sail around the largest island of Denmark, Zealand with 3 different courses ranging from 216 to 276 nautical miles).

X-79 number 1 wins - a convincing victory with 1,500 participating boats. This is the beginning of the success of the X-79’s and indeed X-Yachts – approximately 500 X-79 boats were built and sold.

Published in X-Yachts GB & IRL
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Danish yacht manufacturer X-Yachts has been explaining why it designs "L" shaped keels for its cruisers, and torpedo "T" shaped keels for its performance yachts range?

Apart from an obvious advantage of the L shaped keel shedding seaweed and lobster pots over the T keel, there are more design considerations that are made.
The main difference is that the centre of lateral resistance is further aft on a T keel in comparison to the more conventional L keel.

The Xc Range has been designed to be more forgiving on longer passages, therefore the sail plan is further forward, suiting the L keel design.

With the Xp Range, there is a desire for optimum upwind performance. One of the ways to achieve this is by maximising the fore-triangle, which moves the centre of effort aft, requiring a keel choice with centre of lateral resistance further aft. Simply moving an L keel aft would not work as the bulb (ballast) must remain in the same location fore and aft.

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X-Yachts has announced a presentation of the new X40 – the latest addition to the successful Pure X range.

In 2016, X-Yachts launched the new pure ‘X’ range which included the X43 and the X65. In 2018, X-Yachts launched two additional models, the X49 and the X46.

This range was exceptionally well received by both press and clients with approximately 120 yachts sold in the first two years, so it seemed the natural choice to design and develop yet another model.

The X range incorporates the best elements from both the X cruising range and the X–performance range into one beautifully designed performance cruiser capable of delivering Superior Sailing

"The X range incorporates the best elements from both the X cruising range and the X performance range"

The all-new X40 is a forty-foot performance cruising yacht and will thus be the smallest model in the pure X range; blending quality, performance and styling with cruising capability.

The X40 contains the DNA of the other models in the Pure X range: a fast and comfortable yacht which is easily managed, a clean and functional deck layout, sleek, elegant lines, and a spacious and
modern interior rich with clean lines and luxurious finishes, all contained within a small, affordable package.

In the X40 all weight saved is used to increase the yacht’s stability enabling the crew to have a more relaxed time and to feel safer and more comfortable. The Pure X models are for those who want to
be on board the most modern and comfortable hybrid between those two extremes.

New and innovative feature

Design Director Niels Jeppesen explains: “One of the details we have spent months perfecting is the entrance washboard system. Instead of a traditional lifting/lowering washboard system, we have designed a pair of side-hinged doors which work nicely to conceal the halyards and trim lines in the purpose-built halyard recesses either side of the entrance. We haven’t seen this anywhere else, and we believe that we have perhaps once again created a unique new feature”.

Interior layout

The X40 will initially be offered in a 2-cabin layout, but from 2020 we will add a 3-cabin layout to the model configurations. The two-cabin layout has a double cabin aft to port, and the three-cabin layout
will forego the aft sail locker and add a double cabin to starboard. We have worked hard to create an interior which feels vast, in spite of its compact size. The interior comes standard in Nordic Oak veneers with teak laminate on floorboards. All veneers are hand selected in Italy by our specialists by one of the most exclusive suppliers for the marine market for high-quality yachts.

Launch date?

The X40 is currently under full development and is expected to launch early Summer 2019 for sea trials and testing.

X yachts have published a new web configurator on the 4 Pure X models.  Click here if you want to configure your own X4⁰.

Download the preliminary specs below.

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#xyachts – X-Yachts is inviting all owners to the 2013 X Yachts Gold Cup, in Copenhagen from July 17-20

The 2013 X-Yachts Gold Cup will be hosted by the KDY (Royal Danish Yacht Club).

The Gold Cup was last sailed in Denmark in 2008, when 120 X-Yachts and 1,200 sailors made it an event to remember. The organisers say they are confident that the 2013 Gold Cup will prove to be even more spectacular.

There will be racing for Family Classes A&B, and Sports Classes C&D. If there are sufficient entries, racing will also be held for the spectacular over 50ft class, with pursuit contests to guarantee exciting finishes for all.

The X-35s race for their Nordic Championship, the X-41 will host their European Championship during the event, and the X-99 fleet has a special Gold Cup contest.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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