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.
The Xp 38 delivers an unrivalled sailing experience in a dual-purpose cruiser-racer. This model after launching, quickly developed into a global fleet, with boats sold from Japan to Hungary, Switzerland to Australia. It was nominated for Boat of the Year, with one judge commenting: “The main reason you own this boat is because you love sailing. Seeing it underway, it just lights you up.” (Tim Murphy, Cruising World).
This enjoyment comes from the Xp 38’s high level of responsiveness, thanks to high ballast ratio, light and stuff epoxy infusion construction and carbon keel structure, and controllable sail plan. High stability and ease of handling makes the Xp 38 a rapid and comfortable yacht to cruise with excellent sea-keeping in all conditions, as well as a high performance racing design for both inshore and offshore. It has scored a host of race victories under both IRC and ORC.
Deck-recessed halyards and control lines, flush deck hatches and port-lights create a clutter-free and aesthetically appealing deck layout.
Design details include an optional folding table concealed within the cockpit sole, with dedicated storage for all the essentials – even the washboards. The twin composite wheels are offered with a range of pedestal choices, including compass and instrument mounts, together with optional electric or high-powered manual winches.
The standard rig package includes an aluminium mast with discontinuous rod rigging and hydraulic backstay for efficient and repeatable tuning. The Xp 38 was also conceived with an optional deep draft keel configuration with high aspect ratio fin, carbon rig and performance deck gear.
As with all the Xp models, the composite keel features a lead bulb and cast iron fin, precision moulded and encapsulated in a vacuum infused GRP layer for a perfect, hydrodynamic finish. Through hull fittings are also recessed to reduce underwater drag, together with a faired ‘S-drive’ engine strut.
The Xp 38 includes both classic three-cabin or spacious two-cabin layout options. The three double cabin option includes symmetrical aft berths (which may have optional freeboard shelves or pipe cot berths added) and a master double forward. It comes as standard with the Xp sliding chart table, or an optional fixed aft-facing chart table, and a heads to starboard with shower over.
The two-cabin option creates an extra large heads, with separate shower featuring hinged door and seat, and a spacious storage locker to starboard that is accessible from the cockpit and can accommodate all cruising equipment. There is a fixed forward-facing chart table, and double cabin to port.
Both layout options include an L-shaped galley, folding saloon table surrounded by L-shaped sofa, additional seating and generous storage. It is offered in a range of interior colourways, with a wooden galley option also available.
Report from the 2016 Ostsee X-Cup
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