A late Mk1 X-412, ZAPHOD also benefits from the popular ‘Modern’ layout plan which features three double cabins, 2-heads, a large saloon and a linear galley along the starboard side.
Originally ordered in 1992 for delivery at the beginning of the 1993 season, ZAPHOD was configured for twin handed cruiser racing and family sailing. In her original ownership, she went on to score a first in the AZAB (Azores and Back) and fastest over the water in the Triangle Race. Following this, she had a more leisurely life cruising the UK and Med with 6-8 months a year spent ashore and out of commission.
Purchased by her current owner in the UK in 2006, she headed north to Scandinavia where she has been cruised around the West Coast of Sweden.
Much updated by her current owner, ZAPHOD is now offered for sale at a very realistic price to make way for a much larger yacht. Her recent updates include:-
Zaphod is very well maintained and is today a much better boat as when she was bought, and with new sails she also sail much better.
Yachting Monthly Magazine tested a 1998 example of the X-412 in their October 2010 edition and gave the yacht one of the highest ever overall test scores – 91 out of 100. Highlights of the test included:-
“A wolf in wolf’s clothing. From her rakish bow to the magnificent sheerline aft, from her tall rig to her low aspect coachroof, she is a thoroughbred sailing machine.”
PERFORMANCE 10/10 She’s a slippery boat and can be thrown around any which way with ease. When the going gets tough a boat with a full long keel will keep her canvas on longer than the X-412, but that said, the longkeeler will struggle to out-perform this boat in a breeze.
AT THE HELM – 10/10 Her low profile coachroof gives unobstructed views forward and her 150cm diameter wheel is fingertip responsive. She also has an emergency tiller, which can be mounted on top of the rudder bearing.
DECK LAYOUT – 10/10 Her clean decks offer welcome space for crew working in heavy weather. All halyards are led to the cockpit. Her large wheel – while designed for race tweaking – is very comfortable while cruising too.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION – 10/10 She’s built like a battleship and will take any amount of punishment. Her shallow forefoot gives her great manoeuvrability, while the ample rocker prevents any wandering to leeward on the wind.
MAINTENANCE – 10/10 The sail drive is accessed via panels in the aft cabins and at the companionway steps, where you find the drive belt and all filters. There is also good access to beneath the engine sump. Access to the chainplates is via the forward cabin and the saloon.
CHART TABLE – 9/10 The X-412’s chart table is a cosy fit for the average sized fellow and all instrumentation has been shoe-horned in neatly. There is ample stowage room for all the paraphernalia
GALLEY – 8/10 With the galley located amidships, the motion is steadier for cooking underway. The two-burner stove with oven, double stainless steel sinks, plus top loading fridge all add to the high score.
HEADS – 6/10 The forward head is roomy and well thought-out, with grabrails & hellip;
LIVING BELOW – 10/10 Accommodation below is a relaxing vista of soft curves in polished teak and veneers. The grain of her joinery runs in perpendicular lines to complement the cherry and oak layout of her saloon sole.
TOTAL SCORE – 91/100 Lean and hungry-looking she may be, but there is nothing wanting in her performance, below decks living, or construction.
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