First introduction of the Xp 33 on 17 November
The majority of the X-Yachts’ dealers from numerous countries arrived with potential customers to view the new Xp 33. There were representatives from Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.
The Xp 33 has been developed for the increasing customer group interested in an easy-handled and inexpensive sports boat with sailing pleasure as the highest priority. Sailing pleasure is not only proportional with maximum speed “downhill” but an undefined feeling of being aboard a boat with a perfect balance.
The Xp 33 is equipped with a relatively heavy lead keel, lower freeboard than on conventional boats, broader stern like in the X-79 days and built in vacuum-infused vinylester with local carbon fibre reinforcements in the bottom.
A carbon fibre bowsprit of 2 meters eliminates the need for symmetric spinnakers and enables the less trained crew to use an asymmetric spinnaker.
The furling jib with vertical battens makes sailing a pleasure – cruising as well as racing – and facilities for installing an anchor winch open up many opportunities for using the Xp 33 for cruising sailors.
The first test sail
During the weekend from 10 – 11 November, the Xp 33 was launched and test sailed by an experienced crew from X-Yachts as well as by suppliers of sail and mast.
The test sailing crew were Lars Jeppesen, X-Yachts part owner and responsible for technical issues – Dan Pedersen, quality coordinator and world champion sailor - Niels Ditmar, previous chief engineer at X-Yachts - John Morsing, responsible for motor and technical installations – Nico Rode, project manager of the production of the Xp 33 – Henrik Tarp, X-Yachts boat builder – and not least Henrik Søderlund, design guru and part owner of North Sails.
The wind was brisk – 7-8 m/s from Southwest which were perfect conditions for a first test sail. After a sail by motor throughout Haderslev Fjord, where John Morsing was performing various measurements and making sure that the selected folding propeller has the correct diameter, the sails were set.
The three sails of the boat were all delivered by North Sails, and together with Dan Pedersen, Henrik Søderlund tested and adjusted, mast bend & rig and forestay length, before the crew was able to evaluate the sailing qualities of this new boat.