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Danish builder X-Yachts is set to debut its new X-35 One Design later this year, but don’t be fooled by the "One Design" label. It's more than just a 35-foot one-design racer. Like lots of new launches these days, it's designed to be sporty, easy to sail, and comfortable belowdecks.

Strict one-design rules have been established to foster fleet development for those who want to race, but the boat's well-equipped interior, sturdy construction, clean lines, uncluttered deck, powerful sailplan, and easily driven hull form have a broad appeal. The cockpit centers around a large wheel, and all control lines lead to within reach of the helmsman. A large main and 108 percent jib provide manageable horsepower under sail.

Whether you're on the leeward leg of a round-the-buoys race or on a long downwind passage in the trades, this stiff, 8,800-pound racer/cruiser should scream. And the accommodations plan provides a full galley, three double cabins, a spacious saloon, and meticulous mahogany joinery. X-Yachts USA, 203-353-8118

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