Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Yacht of the Week- The Xc 42 from X-yachts

by Des Ryan on 26 Oct 2012
Xc42 with spinnaker .. .
Better known for their racing yachts, Denmark's X-Yachts is yet another manufacturer who has bowed to the ever expanding popularity of adventure cruising, and begun to build some good cruising boats. They are ideal for crossing oceans and sail faster than your average cruising boat. Their latest, less than a year old, is the Xc 42, a good size of yacht for the typical cruising team.

She's been tested in quite hard conditions and come up smiling. Nautic News tested her back in 2009 and found her performance 'stable and consistent with the philosophy of the new 'Cruising' range of X-Yachts.'

Her sister yacht, the Xc 45 had won the 'Best European Sailing Yacht' in the Luxury Cruiser range, and this was the next boat in the range. With 20 units ordered before she even went into production, she was sure to be a winner, if all the testing proved true with the production boats - and it did. After a long 30 years producing just racing boats, X-yachts was establishing themselves as a good boatyard to go to for cruising.

She is a very good looking boat with some great features - Dorade vents, wooden bulwarks and quality teak on the topsides; all contained in a classic-looking yet quite spacious hull. She is pretty to watch sailing, and has an aesthetically pleasing mix of form and function - a good and fast passage-making blue water cruiser. She is quite high priced, but the quality of the gear and workmanship make her something to be comfortable about when crossing oceans.


The Xc-42 cockpit is great for the helmsman with twin wheels right beside the primary Andersen 58ST winches, plus mainsheet 46STs just ahead and a centre instrument console incorporated in the solid teak fold-down table. However, it's quite a small cockpit for the cocktail hour.


Nevertheless, the pleasures of enjoying a quiet anchorage are well taken care of thanks to the fold-down electric transom and pushpit teak seating.

When sailing there are some good features: There's quite good weather protection; and raising the canvas dodger when in cruise mode seals the area off effectively. Like nearly all fittings on the Xc-42, something the experienced cruiser will appreciate, the spars are oversized. From the cockpit there is a clear view of the wide foredeck. Cockpit instrumentation readouts can also be fitted conveniently above the companionway.

Locker space is huge, something all cruising sailors appreciate, with four in total and the starboard cockpit locker is accessed from the main cabin via a small door as well as the gas-strutted topside opening. This could easily accommodate a six man life raft.

Fuel supply is generous at 250 litres in a fully-baffled alloy tank and includes an analogue gauge. Onboard AC power requirements can be met as there’s space behind the engine for a generator and stored power is via two AGM 130ah batteries securely fastened under the starboard lounge settee plus an engine battery, a 55ah in the bilge. A flip-up control panel at the navigation station shows a straight-forward wiring setup which should aid fault finding and additional system integration.

For the hull X-Yachts has continued with their use of a galvanised steel frame glassed into the GRP foam sandwich outer skin. This well proven build is designed to absorb loads from the mast, rigging and keel. The hull is deep keeled, similar to the other cruising boats in the range.

The boat comes with a 55hp Volvo Penta saildrive and a folding propeller. One really excellent feature is access to the engine on three sides, and all the main servicing points -- impellor, oil and water -- can be easily reached from the saloon.

Below decks:
The main saloon is full of the lustre of teak. The navigation station has a full-sized chart table and outlying bulkhead cupboard that could house electronics. The galley is well fitted, with a large refrigerator and room for lots of extras, like a microwave, a a dishwasher and a front opening fridge.


The standard layout below is with three cabins, but there are other options. Cruising couples should enjoy the owner’s suite forward which uses the hull volume well with plenty of height and natural light, but if sleeping in for forepeak isn't for you, there is the option of an aft main cabin. There's an ensuite moulded bathroom area with manual toilet and separate shower cubicle. An adjoining bulkhead also stylishly hides the keel-stepped mast.



Undoubtedly the Xc-42 is for the discerning sailor who has probably experienced mass-market boats, so can appreciate the difference that these quality Danish cruisers offer.

Specifications:
Hull length: 12.81m (42.03ft)
LWL: 11.37m
Beam 4.10m
Draft :- standard: 2.10m 6.90ft
Draft - shallow: 1.70m 5.60ft
Ballast - standard: 4,985 kg
Displacement light: 11,030 kg
Engine: Volvo Penta 4cyl 55hp
Water: 520 litres
Fuel 250 litres

Sail areas:
Mainsail: 53.0 sqm
Self-tacking Jib: 90 per cent 36.1 sqm
Genoa: 108 per cent: 43.5 sqm
Genoa 140 per cent: 56.6 sqm
Asymmetric Spinnaker: 158.2 sqm
SAD Ratio (108 per cent genoa & mainsail): 19.78

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearNaiad/Oracle SupplierAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82

Related Articles

Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) — the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” — could occur quite abruptly, in geologic terms, the study says.
Posted on 6 Jan