Xp 38


Experience counts. The Xp 38 delivers an unrivalled sailing experience in a dual-purpose cruiser-racer. 

The Xp 38 was launched in 2011 and 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). 

X-Yachts are designed by sailors, for sailors. Every Xperformance yacht is created to perform superbly in all conditions and in all sail configurations. However, many of the very same factors which make the Xp models race winners, also ensure that they are enjoyable fast cruisers.

Stability is Key for Dynamic Sailing Performance

During the Xperformance design process, Velocity Prediction Programs were utilised to optimise each yacht’s hull shape. This confirmed to the design team that it was key to slightly reduce the overall displacement – whilst actually increasing the power.
This was achieved by creating a heavier keel bulb yet keeping the overall design light by use of advanced build techniques and high-tech materials.

The high ballast to weight ratio gives great stability and ensures the Xp 38 is
equally well-mannered whether carrying a racing sailplan and full complement of crew on the rail, or flying a cruising chute as it eats up the miles for a husband and wife
bluewater cruise.

Hull design is another factor that influences a yacht’s power, stability and responsiveness. Key features of the Xp range are a reduced upright beam waterline and wetted surface area, whilst the power of the hull shape increases as the boat heels. The Xp 38 transom shape is designed to increase in waterline length as the windspeed builds and the boat powers up, thus further extending the top speed.

Careful buoyancy distribution ensures that the powerful, wider aft sections are immersed and so the boat trims correctly fore and aft. An additional benefit is that the increased forward flare in the topsides makes the Xp 38 an easier boat to drive at full power downwind – whether racing or cruising. The above factors combine to make the Xp range faster, safer, and hugely enjoyable to sail: truly performance without compromise.

Form meets Function with the Xp 38 Deck Layout

The Xp 38 deck layout is designed to balance clean lines and minimalist style, with usability, safety and security. Attractive teak decking is fitted as standard in the cockpit, with the option to extend the teak across the side decks and coach roof. The stylish finish is complemented by concealed passages for halyards, sheets and trim lines, together with flush fittings and details such as the folding Nomen mooring cleats.

Ergonomics for both cruising and racing have been carefully considered, with the centre console functioning as a handy foot chock for crew sitting on the cockpit benches, whilst the width of the bulwark varies along the length of the yacht to improve the comfort of a ‘hiking’ race crew to ensure aesthetically pleasing lines.

Hatches and windows
The Xp 38 deck hatches, portlights and windows are carefully integrated for a flush fitting. Advanced design hinge mechanisms on the opening coachroof windows ensure there are no fittings or bolts visible from the outside, yet allowing ventilation and increased light down below.

High Quality Details and Sophisticated Options

The Xp 38 offers stylish cockpit furniture options normally associated with much larger yachts, including an inventive optional cockpit table which neatly folds away into its own recess in the cockpit sole, enabling a swift change from functional sailing area to stylish entertaining zone. Additionally, there is a designated recess for the sprayhood framework and canvas, a specially designed ‘garage’ for the washboard, and a built-in halyard bin for rope tails for a clutter-free, safe and smart cockpit and coachroof area that is a pleasure to sail or relax in. Expanded teak decking across both side decks and the coachroof are optional.

Liferaft storage is integrated into the cockpit sole while there is ample additional storage easily accessible in the cockpit lockers. Adjustable foot-chocks ensure the helmsman may enjoy a perfect steering position, with a sense of security as well as a clear view forward during manoeuvres and close sailing situations. 

Swim Platform with Telescopic Swim Ladder

The optional folding transom creates a secure stern area or a teak-topped swim platform with telescopic swim ladder.

Power translated into a Responsive Sailing Experience

The carefully designed steering system ensures the Xp 38’s ample power is easily handled with a thrilling sense of speed on the helm. The rudder is fitted with high quality self-aligning roller bearings for reduced friction, maximum ‘feel’ and precise steering.

Twin composite wheels are also designed for optimum responsiveness, with reduced moments of inertia compared to
conventional steel or aluminium wheels. Heavier metal wheels dampen or reduce the ‘feedback’ felt by the helmsman due to increased inertia of the wheel not in use. The series-connected steering cables are linked to the rudderstock via a large quadrant, onto which an optional autopilot ram connects, giving extra security.

Perfect Trim and Precise Adjustment

The Xp 38 was designed from the outset with two rig choices, a standard alloy mast or an optional higher-aspect carbon mast
and boom. Both were developed in close co-operation with leading rig development companies and sailmakers, for strength,
low-windage and exceptional control.

In order to enjoy perfect sail trim, X-Yachts masts and rigging are designed so they can be easily and precisely adjusted, and with sufficient stiffness to maintain that shape for repeatable, fast sail settings. A rig with too much flex and stretch will ‘pump’, particularly when sailing upwind in waves, which means both the headsail and main will change shapes and lose optimum trim.

The Xp 38 carries a hydraulic backstay for efficient and reliable tuning. To minimise forestay ‘sag’ for optimum upwind performance,
it is essential to be able to tighten the backstay (and thereby the forestay). 

For optimum upwind performance, it is essential to have a great control over the longitudinal rig tension and a large range of repeatable backstay adjustment allowing to reduce the forestay sag to a minimum. The Xp 38 is fitted with a hydraulic backstay for efficient and reliable tuning which a more common mechanical backstay adjuster wouldn’t offer.

Precision-Engineered Foils

The foils of every Xp model are designed in-house, ensuring the Xp 38 rudder is a custom fit for the hull shape, underwater profile and sail plan. The deep rudder is designed for optimum ‘grip’ and maximum ‘feel’, giving responsive, reliable handling in all conditions and on all points of sail, and is constructed using high quality alloy stocks for a slim profile offering reduced resistance and underwater drag.

The Xp 38 features a cast iron keel fin with lead ‘T’ bulb. ‘T’ bulbs were originally seen only on custom racing yachts, but offer many benefits to performance cruisers as they enable the keel to be kept aft, but the bulb weight forward –allowing for a dynamic hull shape that is enjoyable and balanced to sail even in choppy seas.

Each keel is precision moulded for exact dimensions and a mirror-smooth finish. Both keel and fin are then encapsulated in a vacuum-infused GRP layer for a hydrodynamic finish that prevents corrosion and creates a perfectly symmetrical, smooth section. The lead ‘T’ bulb greatly reduces drag in comparison to the industry standard cast iron construction, which requires a greater volume in order to achieve the same centre of gravity.

The Xp 38 offers two keel options in conjunction with two rig packages: a standard draft of 2.10 metres, or an additional deep draught of 2.40 metres.


The Xp 38 is offered with classic three cabin or spacious two cabin layout options, which both benefit from exemplary use of light and space.

Owner's Cabin offers a Space to Relax

The Xp 38 features an exceptionally spacious owners’ cabin forward with ample storage in two large wardrobes. Additional details include the option of freeboard cupboards or shelves with stylish steel trim, and a wide range of fabric choices for the upholstery.

Saloon combines Innovation with Classic Comfort

The Xp 38 interior offers both an inviting and spacious main saloon. The two cabin optional layout also creates additional seating in the saloon with a fixed navigation station, a larger aft heads, and capacious cockpit locker.

The interior space can be customised to each owner’s personal tastes, with a choice of contemporary white and classic wooden finishes for the upper and lower cupboards and freeboard, together with a wide selection of fabrics for the upholstery. The Xp 38 is fitted as standard with removable lightweight soft panels covering the freeboards throughout, as well as the saloon ceiling and side decks.

There is ample storage throughout, with deep bookshelves above the comfortable L-shaped seating area and port side sofa, while the folding saloon table also conceals book shelves or bottle storage options. Additional styling options include LED light strips underneath the saloon cupboards for additional ambient lighting.

Stylish and secure

The galley is moulded in one piece for minimal weight, and is arranged in an L-shaped configuration for safe working at sea. A gimballed two-jet gas cooker and cool box are fitted as standard. Options include a three-jet cooker with oven and grill, 65-litre fridge and microwave oven. The standard fitting is a fresh white composite body and worktop with wooden laminated fiddle, while the Xp 38 is also offered with wooden veneer body with Corian worktops as an option.

Innovative Solutions with your Working Space

Aft facing fixed chart table
Sliding chart table

The Xp 38 features the unique and innovative Xperformance sliding chart table as standard. It provides flexible seating in the spacious saloon by accommodating a secure forward-facing navigation station whilst underway and effortlessly converting to an aft position to create additional sofa seating for comfortable entertaining when in port.

The Xp 38 is also offered with a fixed aft facing navigation station as an option (or fitted as standard in the two cabin layout, shown above). This gives a comfortable working area with ample storage, and uninterrupted seating along the starboard side of the saloon. The fixed chart table also incorporates drawers below, including a dedicated tool compartment for convenience.

Both navigation stations feature an easily accessible electronics control panel and deep bookshelves above.

Cabin Layout allows Room for All

In the three cabin layout the Xp 38 has symmetrical aft cabins, each featuring double bunks and hanging lockers. There is also the option to add shelves or pipe cots above at the freeboard. The two cabin layout has a double aft cabin to starboard – again with the option of an additional pipe cot – whilst the port side becomes a spacious storage locker, accessible from the cockpit.

The light and airy heads is positioned aft and to starboard, and in standard layout includes a tall shower which also offers wet locker storage. The two cabin layout creates an extra spacious aft heads which includes a roomy shower with hinged door and seat.

Intelligent Systems

Using the very latest 3D design programs, X-Yachts designers, engineers and technicians have been able to create a yacht where no space is wasted. The systems of the Xp 38 might be concealed from view, but they were incorporated into the yacht’s design and construction planning from the very outset. Every cable and pipe run is fully modeled in 3D to ensure that the system can be simply installed – and easily accessed for servicing at a later date.

Piping for all the water systems on board run in dedicated service trays and channels. Custom-built high volume tanks for diesel fuel and water maximise the space usage underneath the saloon berths, and are also designed to optimise weight distribution by ensuring the fluids are carried low down in the hull.

Electrical Installations give Peace of Mind

The 12V electrical system is designed using efficient cable runs to reduce transmission losses. All cabling terminates in a ‘dry’ GRP box fitted behind the main electrical panel in the saloon for added safety.

The high-specification electronics include a 220V AC shore power system as standard, which is capable of powering the 30-litre water heater. The switchboard is custom-designed with circuit breakers, and the circuits comprise tinned marine cable for corrosion resistance. The high quality three-stage battery charger utilises AGM (Absorption Glass Mat) batteries for low maintenance.

Comfort features include stylish halogen and LED interior lighting. A wide range of media and navigation system options are also available.

Engine is a Smooth operation

A 29hp saildrive engine is fitted as standard with a 39hp engine is available as an extra.

The engine compartment is well insulated and ventilated, with good access via front, aft and side panels, to easily reach the key service points of impeller, oil and water.

A two blade propeller is offered as standard. 

Careful planning has also minimised noise volumes from the engine, particularly in the saloon and cabins when motoring, with noise-reducing foam insulation and particular attention paid to all locking and fastening mechanisms of the access hatch.

The saildrive engines with folding propeller are carefully fitted with the engine ‘S’ struts faired into the hull using a rigid gasket for reliability and reduced drag underwater.

Boat Plans

The Xp 38 is offered with both classic three cabin or spacious two cabin layout options

Beneath the chart table there is ample storage with drawers including a dedicated tool compartment for easy access, as well as deep bookshelves above.

There is also an roomy heads aft, featuring a shower stall with seat, and a capacious cockpit locker for ample storage, accessible from the cockpit. The aft port cabin also has the option of pipecots or freeboard shelving.

Technical Data

Designer X-Yachts Designteam
Hull length 11,58 m
LWL 10,36 m
B. MAX 3,7 m
Draft - standard 2,1 m
Draft - deep 2,4 m
Ballast - standard 2760 kg
Displacement light 6775 kg
Engine diesel 21,6 kW
Fuel tank - standard 150 Ltr
Water tank - standard 260 Ltr
Cabins, standard 3
Heads, standard 1
Mainsail, Alloy Rig 48,5 m²
Mainsail, Carbon Rig 49,8 m²
Genoa 106% 37,1 m²
Asymmetric Spinnaker 130 m²