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Best Boats 2015: Xc 35

Danish builder X-Yachts has long been renowned for its elegant, sweet-sailing racer-cruisers. Some builders of such yachts try to tweak them more toward the cruising side of the equation by simply adding weight and wood trim in the accommodation spaces.
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Danish builder X-Yachts has long been renowned for its elegant, sweet-sailing racer-cruisers. Some builders of such yachts try to tweak them more toward the cruising side of the equation by simply adding weight and wood trim in the accommodation spaces. But X-Yachts started with a fresh sheet of paper when designing its new 35-footer, smallest in its range of Xc ( “c” for “cruising”) vessels. Compared to its racing brethren, the Xc 35’s hull is fuller, with more interior volume and an easier motion. The rig is simpler and easier to handle. The traditional interior, with its increased tank volume and superior finish, is comfortable and spacious.

Not that the boat is a slouch under sail. With its deep high-aspect rudder, lightweight rod rigging, low-slung standard keel and generous sailplan, the Xc 35 is a fun ride for cruisers who care about performance. It comes standard with a fully adjustable backstay, primary and secondary winches on the cockpit coamings (plus two on the coachroof), and sleek flush-mount through-hull fittings under the waterline. Options include a fixed windshield under the cockpit dodger for increased crew protection and an A-frame bowsprit for flying A-sails and gennakers in light conditions.

Construction quality, as on all boats produced by X-Yachts, is outstanding, with an emphasis on strength and security, thanks to a steel grid in the hull that carries the mast and keel loads. All in all, our judges deemed this an exceptional offering for cruisers looking for quality and performance in a boat less than 40 feet long.

x-yachts.com

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