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X-Yachts will have a significant presence at the upcoming Southampton International Boat Show, with two UK premieres from its Pure X range.

Leading the class is the all new X4⁰, the latest model in the Pure X range — blending quality, performance and styling with cruising capability — which was recently put through its paces in sea trials.

The two-cabin, one-heads option will be on display and available for test sailing after the show.

Another UK premiere (on display in its three-cabin, two-heads version) will be the X4⁶, a versatile, fast family cruiser with a powerful sail plan and well proportioned cockpit that puts you at the centre of the sailing experience.

X Yachts X46

Also on show (in its three-cabin, two-heads version) will be the X4³, the second model in the Pure X range, aimed at the discerning sailor and their crew.

X Yachts X43

Click HERE to reserve a personal tour of an X-Yacht during the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat, which takes place at Mayflower Park from Friday 13 September to Sunday 22 September.

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X-Yachts has released details and images from the first sea trials of its new X4°, the latest and smallest member of the successful Pure X range.

Since its first appearance for the media at Boot in Düsseldorf this past January, X-Yachts has sold 14 of the new model, which blends quality, performance and styling with cruising capability.

It’s another fine example in line with X-Yachts’ design philosophy, which co-founder Niels Jeppesen discusses below:

The first boat was launched in Denmark last month and has undergone its first sea trials to test sails with the design and production crew — an experience the company describes as “very rewarding”.

Checking a brand-new boat’s sailing performance requires going through a long list of checks, says X-Yachts’ newly appointed director of design and engineering, Thomas Mielec.

“Among other things trim, rig and engineering of the mast are important points. In the gusty breeze on the second test day, we saw need of further tension on the rigging of the otherwise nicely standing Axxon carbon mast. This will be addressed on the coming sea trials this week.

X Yachts X40 MGR00223

“The boat seemed perfectly balanced with a nice feel to the helm with adequate weather helm going up wind both in light winds and in a gusty breeze.

“The steering system seemed highly responsive in all conditions and left us feeling really well in control even when going under the gennaker on a very tight reach in 22-plus knots of wind in gusty conditions.

X Yachts X40 MGR00054

“It took a lot of effort and mis-trimming and bad steering to actually make the rudder stall, and even then, it gave us good warning before losing the grip.

“A thorough inspection of all structural parts affected of forces from mast and rigging was commenced in 24-plus knots of wind on the beat. It left us with the impression of a very stiff and sturdy construction, performing just the way we want it to.

X Yachts X40 MGR00192

“We have experienced a very smooth and silent running engine of the well preforming brand Yanmar. Yanmar later on assisted us on minor tweaking of propeller dimension in order to achieve the perfect match of engine, boat and propeller.

“As regards deck layout ergonomics and geometry, a lot of notes where taken, but in fact only smaller tweaks and changes are required.”

X Yachts X40 MGR00292

The X4° will be offered in a two-cabin layout in 2019, but from 2020 a three-cabin layout will be added to the model configurations. The two-cabin layout has a double cabin aft to port, and the three-cabin will forego the aft sail locker and add a double cabin to starboard.

X-Yachts says it has worked on creating 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 by X-Yachts’ specialists by of one of the most exclusive suppliers for the marine market for high quality yachts.

X Yachts X40 MGR00464

As for pricing, an X4° standard boat is €257,500 (exclusive of VAT). Included in the price is a pack of X-Yachts Qualities, valued at €48,700.

To register your interest in the new X4°, and for further information, get in touch with [email protected]

And if you want to configure your own X4°, explore the online X-Configurator.

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X-Yachts has announced that its brand new X4° cruising yacht has been launched in Denmark ahead of upcoming sea trials.

The performance cruiser was announced in February of this year as the latest addition to the successful Pure X range.

Blending quality, performance and styling with cruising capability, the X4° is the smallest model in the range but utilises the weight savings for increased stability, making for a more comfortable and relaxed experience.

X Yachts X40

The X4° will now undergo sea trials at the factory in Haderslev before testing in mid-July with Graham Snook from Yachting Monthly magazine.

To register your interest in the new X4°, and for further information, get in touch with [email protected]

And if you want to configure your own X4°, explore the online X-Configurator.

X Yachts X40 dockside

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More details have emerged of X-Yachts’ new X40 cruising yacht which was announced earlier this month.

The pre-launch brochure includes renderings of almost all options available for the new 40-foot performance cruiser yacht, both above and below deck, ahead of its first official photoshoot this summer.

X-Yachts will be at the new South Coast Boat Show in Southampton from 17-19 May displaying the ever-popular X43 in a high specification trim.

The inaugural event at Ocean Village Marina is set to feature the marine industry’s “most exciting and innovative global power and sail brands” with more than 50 new boats on display.

Viewing of the X43 is strictly by appointment — contact [email protected] for details.

And to register your interest for the new X40, and for further information, get in touch with [email protected]

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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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