SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Xp 44 - Sail Magazine

SAIL's Best Boats 2014: Xp 44

Step aboard the Xp 44 and the first thing you might find yourself wondering is: what’s not to love? This mid-40-foot racer-cruiser is designed to deliver decades of racing and cruising pleasure while offering a wealth of the kind of design features sailors have long since come to expect from this high-end Danish builder.
Author:
Publish date:
Xp44-600x

Step aboard the Xp 44 and the first thing you might find yourself wondering is: what’s not to love? This mid-40-foot racer-cruiser is designed to deliver decades of racing and cruising pleasure while offering a wealth of the kind of design features sailors have long since come to expect from this high-end Danish builder.

[brightcove videoid="4230205737001" playerid="4343385270001" height="355" width="600"]

In the 1980s, X-Yachts introduced a galvanized keel-hull girder to add significant strength should the boat ever suffer a high-speed hard grounding. Flash forward 30-plus years and these girders are now carbon-fiber. Carbon fiber is also used to reinforce the keel floors, which are integral to the hull liner, adding stiffness and support, as well as in the hull itself, which is built using a state-of-the-art vacuum-infusing process to ensure that there are no voids.

Below the waterline, a deep-draft keel strut and T-bulb keel provide plenty of righting moment, while composite chainplates secure the keel-stepped mast. Dual wheels and clean sight lines make driving a pleasure, while the traveler track and car are contained in a cockpit trench, so that there will be one less thing to trip over. Four big cockpit winches tackle the loads from the jib and A-sail, which is flown off an optional bowsprit. A low, wide toe rail provides security going forward, but will be easy on the legs of the boat’s “rail meat.”

Although the Xp 44 is built for speed (above) it is also elegantly comfortable (below)

Although the Xp 44 is built for speed (above) it is also elegantly comfortable (below)

Belowdecks, the boat’s handsome interior is both comfortable and seaworthy. There is also a sturdy cockpit table that can either be stored beneath the sole or removed entirely before racing, a nice touch aboard this truly spectacular boat. x-yachts.com

Related

SWTR005_SWJK022

MPX Pro Offshore Jacket

Heavy Duty JacketMusto’s new MPX Pro Offshore Jacket features the same waterproof, breathable three-layer Gore-Tex fabric as its predecessors, but weighs 15 percent less. Changes to the hood make it easier to adjust and the fleece-lined collar and hood pod provide both warmth and ...read more

2018-BestBoatNominees

Best Boats Nominees 2019

As we approach the upcoming fall boat shows, perhaps the best word to describe the boatbuilding industry’s latest crop of new designs is “consolidation.” Specifically, in recent months we’ve seen a number of innovations introduced in years past continue to work their way up and ...read more

9781472947666

Book Review: The Atlantic Crossing Guide

Jane Russell & the RCC Pilotage FoundationIf you have a yen for sailing across the Pond to explore the delights of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean, you’d best do some homework first. There’s no better primer than this weighty tome, now in its 7th edition. It’s crammed with ...read more

shutterstock_63705382

Raytech Gelbox Line

Well GelledEvery so often you run across a product you never knew you needed, and then you wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with it. Thus it is with the Gelbox line from Raytech. These reuseable plastic boxes for low-voltage connectors are filled with gel, so ...read more

shutterstock_295810247

Cruising: Nova Scotia’s Bras d’Or Lake

I have rarely had a cruise that wasn’t different from my expectations, and my Nova Scotia travels have borne that out. For my friend and shipmate, Steve White, and me, our 2017 trip to Cape Breton Island and the Bras d’Or Lake on One Timer, my Sabre 362, was a much anticipated ...read more

ElanGT5-a

Boat Review: Elan GT5

Aboard many modern yachts, it can be hard to remember exactly what boat you’re on until your eye happens to light upon a logo. However, this is most definitely not the case with the Elan GT5, a performance cruiser with a look all its own and style to burn.Design & ...read more

01-Lead-P1060210

Handheld VHF Radios

For many sailors, cell phones have become their primary means of both ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communication. Even the Coast Guard will often ask for a cell number after it receives a distress call. None of this, however, makes a VHF radio any less important—and this goes ...read more

Seascape24

Boat Review: Seascape 24

Since its inception in 2008, Slovenian builder Seascape, founded by a pair of Mini Transat sailors, has focused solely on creating boats that are both simple and loads of fun to sail. With their 18-footer and then a 27-footer they succeeded in putting out a pair of trailerable ...read more