She sports the latest in fast hull and appendage design; a non overlapping headsail configuration; double spreader, carbon mast and boom from one of Europe’s leading suppliers; large diameter carbon wheel; all trimlines leading to both sides of the coach roof; and a backstay adjustment run via the Magic Wheel.
Perfectly formed. The smallest member of the award-winning Xc family, the Xc 35 is a compact cruiser with a big heart. Launched last year, the model has already picked up the award for 'Boat of the Year 2015' in the '31ft - 40ft Category' in Sail Magazine's annual awards. The Xc 35 shares the same DNA heritage as her bigger Xcruising sisters, offering a perfect compromise between cruising comfort and sailing performance.
She is a compact but surprisingly well equipped bluewater cruising yacht with smooth hull line, a stylish yet practical cockpit and uncluttered but functional deck layout. Easily sailed short-handed, she can also accomodate guests with a two double cabin layout, spacious saloon and ample storage. There are a choice of keel drafts as well.
The Xc 35 has a sandwich construction hull and deck with X-Yachts’ famous steel keel girder system for unrivalled rigidity and security. It carries a deep keel for a low centre of gravity, with an optional shallow draft version, and recessed through-hull fittings and a folding propeller for reduced drag.
Above deck, there is a keel-stepped tapered mast section, with discontinuous rod rigging as standard, and powerful backstay adjustment for complete control. A furling headstay as standard makes for stress-free short-handed sailing, with twin wheels, six large self-tailing winches and an under-deck mainsheet system led aft from the coachroof, which allows for full cockpit tent coverage.
The Xc 35 is offered in a spacious two cabin layout, with two generous double berths and a comfortable heads with shower as standard. Ventilation and natural light are maximised throughout thanks to opening aluminium-framed portlights with a stylish chrome finish, and frameless flush-mounted deck skylights.
The traditionally styled and highly practical interior is crafted from hand-selected technical teak, and varnished to a satin finish. High quality materials are used throughout, including Corian worktops in the L-shaped galley, toughened glass splashback, and comfortable cushions and mattresses.
Additional cruising features include teak on the cockpit and bathing platform, with the option to extend it across the deck. The large transom door incorporates an integrated hinged stainless steel bathing ladder and conceals the six-person life-raft storage compartment, designed for easy deployment.
There are generous cockpit lockers aft and to starboard, and a large self-draining locker to accommodate multiple gas bottles. An optional stainless steel A-frame conceals and protects the anchor, as well as providing a tack point position from which to fly downwind asymmetric spinnakers. The foredeck conceals a watertight anchor locker, where an optional electrical windlass may be fitted.
X6-01 takes to the seas in the first of her sea trials
Report from the 2016 Holland X-Cup