Yacht Summary

  • Manufacturer: X-Yachts
  • Model: X4³ MkII
  • Build Number: 28
  • Build Year: 2017
  • Lying: Hamble, ashore, United Kingdom
  • Price: Sold
  • Dealer: X-Yachts Great Britain
  • Contact: Stuart Abernethy
  • Phone: +44 (0)23 8045 3377
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X43, build number #28, commissioned August 2017. White hull with grey hull stripes and 2.20m T-shaped keel.  Standard aluminium mast but with Furlerboom. Teak  in cockpit and side decks. Below decks she has three cabins, with two heads, classic layout with U-galley to port, and owner's island berth forward.

Spirit sailing with her Gennaker.


In-depth Tour of another X4by X-Yachts GB

⇐ Please contact Stuart Abernethy at X-Yachts GB for full, and detailed pdf specification ⇒

Please Note she is GB tax paid - not EU tax paid.

Owner's Comments

This is our much-loved X-Yacht, Spirit, for sale.

Why did we buy her?
We were looking to move up to a larger yacht from our Southerly 32 as our children were 11 and 9 and needed their own cabins. In addition, we wanted more performance whilst having a comfortable yacht that would be used predominantly for cruising and occasional racing. Build quality was a pre-requisite. Living on the south coast, strong upwind performance in choppy seas was crucial as was the ability to sail shorthanded or single handed.

How did Spirit match up to this?
Our layout of three cabins with two heads is perfect. Several times we have been on trips of up to four weeks without a break and comfort is exceptional. The front loading fridge complements the large deep top loading fridge with plenty of storage space within the saloon and galley area for food and drinks for a family of four.
Storage space in the cabins is excellent with space under the beds, with a huge space under the forward cabin bed. Our two aft cabins have additional pilot berths which give great flexibility.
I have modified the cupboard above the top loading fridge with matching wood to double the storage area for crockery and have added a shelf below the sink, again to increase practical storage space.
The TV was upgraded last year to 32” and to enable access to Netflix, internet, etc which has worked well and is very popular with our teenagers.

We have expanded the space of the standard yacht. Firstly, we specified a larger transom. This gives a sense of security when in the cockpit but more importantly creates significant extra space for our active family. A great space for our portable BBQ and for showers after swimming, windsurfing or paddle boarding. The transom adds to our enjoyment of windsurfing as it is large enough for launching and recovering our boards.
Secondly, we have a bespoke cockpit enclosure which adds a complete additional room space. Great for eating outside but also for getting back on wet and windy nights without dripping water into the inside of the saloon. A quality addition!

Build Quality
Without any doubt, she is a stunning yacht. Build quality is exceptional and I have enjoyed keeping her in prime condition over the last five years.
The hull is vacuum infused epoxy sandwich which when combined with the galvanised steel frame to which the keel attaches, results in a very stiff hull which really comes alive when sailing.
The craftmanship throughout the yacht both external and internal is superb and she has retained her condition and looks pristine.

Sailing Performance
Stunning and smile inducing! Every time I take her for a sail, I get a buzz of anticipation which has not dimmed at all over the time we have owned her.
Upwind she is a dream, ridiculously fast and importantly easy to get into and then keep in the groove. Being passed by a faster yacht in the Solent? Hardly ever and if so either an equivalent length racing yacht or a much longer cruising yacht. She is stiff and upwind she slices through any chop or difficult seas with ease and as a result is a joy!
Two sail reaching – brilliant fun!
Off wind with the gennaker is well balanced and controllable up to high true wind speeds.
It is difficult to put into words the supreme pleasure I get from sailing Spirit! Come for a test sail and enjoy!

Boat handling
We set up Spirit to allow short-handed and single-handed sailing. She has electric genoa winches, and one electric each halyard and mainsheet winch. In addition, we have a Furlerboom, an expensive but fantastic addition to Spirit. Raising the main is easy but more importantly, taking in a reef or two or furling the main completely is very easy once you have practiced the process. For us a key addition to the yacht and adds significantly to safety and therefore enjoyment as dealing with changes in the weather is easily handled. A further benefit of the Furlerboom is that the cut of the mainsail is not compromised when compared to in mast furling.
If very windy I find she sails well and controllable with just the jib upwind.

Off wind the gennaker is straightforward to launch and recover singlehanded once you have practiced and plan both with time available. I have used three methods over the years for putting the gennaker away – top-down furling, snuffer and bottom-up furling. With practice, I find the top down furler very dependable and able to be managed single handed. Obviously, it becomes easier still to manage with a crew available to control the sheet both launching and retrieving. If windy, just remember that whilst apparent wind will be less off wind, true will become evident when it is time to furl the gennaker so make sure you have plenty of sea room as Spirit will be travelling fast and covering distance!

We have a bow thruster fitted which adds a lot of control when entering or exiting a berth. In addition, with her bulb keel she turns on a sixpence anyway. Propwash is minimal in my experience, and I nearly always berth on my own and have great control of the process. As ever though, practice adds to my confidence. We specified an upgraded three blade folding Flexofold prop which gives good performance both forward and in reverse.

We love Spirit and will be sad to see her go! Comfortable and fast, well built and controllable, set up for crewed or single-handed sailing. A beautiful yacht that we have loved and cherished! Enjoy her!!

Standard Specification

DesignerX-Yachts Design Team
Hull Length12.67 m41'7"
Waterline Length11.33 m37'2"
Beam (max)3.99 m13'1"
Draft2.20 m7'3"
Ballast - Std3,700 kg8,157 lbs
Displacement - Light9,400 kg20,723 lbs
Engine Power33 kW45 hp
Fuel Tank - Std200 ltr53 gal (US)
Water Tank - Std340 ltr90 gal (US)

Standard X4³ MkII brochure


Additional Information

  • X-Yachts (GB) Ltd. offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his surveyor to investigate such details. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.