SAIL's Best Boats 2017: Xquisite X5

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Xquisite X5: Best Large Multihull 50ft and above

Xquisite X5

Best Large Multihull 50ft and above

This dedicated cruising catamaran from South Africa boasts an amazing list of standard features—including all sails, electric winches, a genset, a watermaker, air conditioning, a huge 900-watt solar array and a washing machine, to name just a few—all for the remarkable price of $1.2 million, an extremely competitive sum for a boat that is so well fitted out. What most impressed our judges, though, was the quality of the boat and how well-thought-out it is.

Construction is top-notch, with the fully foam-cored hull and deck set in epoxy and vinylester resins. All interior components and furniture are likewise foam-cored to reduce weight. To save pounds in the wiring department, the boat features a cutting-edge digitally controlled distributed power network that helped the X5 score another Best Boats nod in the systems department (see page 33).

Touring the boat in detail you’ll find a plethora of carefully considered features. The gutters on the coachroof, for example, lead into rain-catching water fills. Foot switches for the electric winches at the helm station leave hands free for handling lines. The touch-screen electronics have backup button controls for when conditions are snotty. The unique cantilevered bimini top over the helm is rock-solid and can be quickly folded away when desired. Solid handrails all around the deck allow for maximum security when moving around the boat. The belowdeck running-rigging network can be quickly accessed via removable panels when necessary. There’s even an overhead shower-head built into the targa arch so that you can bathe on deck in style.

All in all, our judges were unanimous in deciding this boat, which is billed as a turn-key luxury global cruising machine, more than delivers on that promise. xquisiteyachts.com

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December 2016

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