2011 Best Boats Performance, 30ft & Under: ExTreme 25 - Sail Magazine

2011 Best Boats Performance, 30ft & Under: ExTreme 25

This boat, in a word, is clean. While there’s nothing knockout innovative about the Lutra Studio-designed X-Treme 25, it perfectly fulfills its design brief as a make-no-bones-about-it sportboat that can test sailors of all ability levels. The sexiest thing about this speed machine is its distinctive hull form. A modest chine runs forward from the transom to the chainplates and the forward
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This boat, in a word, is clean. While there’s nothing knockout innovative about the Lutra Studio-designed X-Treme 25, it perfectly fulfills its design brief as a make-no-bones-about-it sportboat that can test sailors of all ability levels.

The sexiest thing about this speed machine is its distinctive hull form. A modest chine runs forward from the transom to the chainplates and the forward sections taper to a bow with a very fine entry. The two-spreader alloy rig flies a fractional hanked-on 105-percent headsail. The downwind inventory includes a masthead symmetrical kite and a huge Code 0 sail that can be hoisted, unfurled and furled from the cockpit. The boat’s lifting keel and crane allow for quick de-rigging. When sailing the retractable high-aspect spade rudder controlled with a well designed tiller, the unobstructed sight lines from the helm and right-where-you-want-them control lines all help the helmsman concentrate on driving. Smartly positioned foot cleats and an ergonomic deck ensure that all crew are solidly braced, irrespective of sea state.

During our test sail the symmetric spinnaker, flown on a boom-stowed carbon pole, initially seemed cumbersome, but the sail does allow the X-treme 25 to sail deep angles downwind. The extra versatility should prove valuable on various race courses. An owner can also order a masthead A-sail, which can easily be flown off of the fixed bowsprit.

Build quality, attention to detail and execution are what sets this boat apart. Look for the X-treme 25’s U.S. PHRF debut at Key West Race Week. For more information, visit regattamgmt.com

SPECS

LOA: 25ft 8in

LWL: 23ft 11in

Beam: 8ft 3in

Draft: 6ft 7in

Displacement: 1,962lb

Sail Area: 405 sq ft

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