Great spec X-40, perfectly configured for effortless performance cruising or racing. 2-cabin, 2-heads ‘Modern’ layout plus optional 2.4m draft ‘Sport’ keel.
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Hull No.131 of 140 X-Yachts X-40’s launched and featuring the 2.4m lead-bulbed ‘sport keel’ and ‘Modern’ 2-cabins, 2-heads layout, EX OFFICIO II is a fantastic example of this classic performance cruiser from X-Yachts in Denmark. Her specification highlights include:- • 2.4m L-shaped ‘Sport’ keel • X-Yachts applied epoxy system • Faired-in through-hull fittings • 40hp Yanmar engine with 2-balded feathering racing prop • Modern 2-cabin, 2-heads interior layout • Huge sail wardrobe of racing and cruising sails including spinnakers and Code Zero • Harken 3-speed racing winches • German mainsheet system • Raymarine instruments with plotter, autopilot and mast-repeaters • Holding tanks • Additional water tankage • Tender and outboard • Liferaft and safety equipment
A replacement for the exceptionally popular X-412. The X-40 is part of the second generation of X-Yachts’ Performance Cruisers. The hull model was made by extending the IMX 40 by 100mm, modifying the bow rake and adding a cruising oriented deck layout and teak interior. The X-40 has proved to be as competitive as the IMX 40, and rates more favourable in both ORC and IMS. ”Sirena”, owned and sailed by Denmark’s Peter Buhl, has won many major races in Denmark as well as the 2005 X-Yachts Gold Cup in Arendal, Norway.
Production Years: 2004 — 2010 Number Built: 140
Niels Jeppesen established a reputation as the designer of high-performance sailing yachts prior to forming the company. In the ’80s, he was known in racing circles as the designer of successful IOR, IMS, and other rule–based hotrods. The firm’s production yachts enjoy the same reputation for performance, along with the addition of comfortable accommodations, and quality construction methods. The first production model was the 412, which was followed by a bevy of boats ranging in size from 32 to 61 feet, though X-Yachts primary market is 32 to 44-footers. In 2000, the company introduced the IMX 40, an IMS racer that accumulated an impressive number of wins on the circuits in Europe. Historically, X-Yachts has built 250 to 300 boats per year.
In 2004, the company revised its entire product line prompted by the success of the X-43, a performance cruiser introduced in 2003. That yacht incorporated a number of evolutionary design features and deck arrangements borrowed from predecessor models,” a more plumb bow and narrower shape forward, for instance, coupled with proportionally longer waterline length. Frank said the new models reflect evolutionary updates in styling, interior layouts, cabinetry, deck layouts, and new keel and rudder profiles designed to enhance performance.
As a consequence, potential buyers began deferring purchases in anticipation of changes to other models, so the company accelerated the design process, eliminated some outdated models, and introduced new 46, 40, and 37 foot models, all of which were instant successes.
Based on a test sail of the X-332 Sport that took place shortly before the company discontinued production of that model, we had great expectations for the X-40. Despite sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in less than ideal conditions, she performed as well as advertised. For openers, we sailed with a borrowed mainsail that was 18″ short on the hoist and 12″ short on the foot. Thankfully, our test boat carried the standard 135% jib.
Sailing on flat water with the windspeed ranging from 0 to 6 knots, she managed to produce 5 knots of boatspeed on the GPS while pointing to within 35 degrees of the apparent wind, and duplicated that performance when we eased sheets. Though she had no stores aboard, we sailed with a crew of roughly 2,000 pounds. Few production boats in this size range will duplicate that performance. We consider this a fair test of her ultimate performance, since most modern boats will sail to their designed hull speed in 10 knots of wind, and can be reefed when the wind pipes up.
Extract from review by Practical Sailor – 2004
X-Yachts X-40 Modern – EX OFFICIO 2 – Asking Euro 160,000 EU VAT paid – full details here
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