This stunning cat is the latest debutante from a French company known for its fast, sweet-sailing offshore boats. Designed by Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost (also responsible for the AC45 catamarans), the boat displaces just 15 tons in cruising trim and looks more than capable of delivering a thrilling ride. Accommodations are spacious, but not overdone; this is a performance boat aimed at the same niche as Gunboat. Therefore, the theme is expensive simplicity. The interior styling is subdued and classy, with lightweight composite furniture finished mainly in white. There’s a choice of three configurations for the sleeping accommodations, which make the most of the relatively slim hulls. All in all, the 5X looks like a quick, rewarding ocean-crosser.
The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean
Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far ...read more