The Xc 38 matches X-Yachts’ characteristic performance with true cruising comfort in a compact package. She was named European Yacht of the Year in the Luxury Cruiser category in 2011.
Shaped for bluewater cruising
The Xcruising yachts have been created with a distinctive hull design that includes deeper sections to provide a greater interior volume for accommodation, tanks and other essential cruising equipment, and a deeper V-shape midships and forward for improved heavy air handling. A medium to heavy displacement and high keel weight guarantees maximum stability, however X-Yachts’ performance pedigree ensures that every Xc yacht is responsive and rapid in all conditions.
The Xc 38 is proportionally slightly wider at the aft deck level in order to accommodate the twin wheel steering. There are two recessed port-lights on each side, integrated dark grey waterlines, and a recessed decorative sheer stripe.
Clean and uncluttered
The overall impression of the Xc 38’s deck is clean and uncluttered: halyards are fed underneath the deck, deck hatches are flush mounted, and teak surfaces are fitted as standard. A recessed locker in the foredeck provides storage for anchor gear.
All sail handling is controlled from the cockpit. Halyards, reefing and control lines are led back to the winches on the coach roof, whilst the German-style mainsheet is led to dedicated winches within easy reach of the helmsman. Both the standard furling forestay and the optional self-tacking jib make sail handling simple.
The mainsheet track has been moved out of the cockpit, onto the coach roof, allowing ease of crew movement from stern to companionway. The optional stainless steel davits enable quick and easy launching of the yacht’s tender from the transom. The anchor locker provides space for the standard 50 metres of chain, as well as additional sail bag storage.
Raised conventional sprayhood in strong canvas.
Optional wind shield with integrated sprayhood.
The Xc 38 offers fantastic protection and comfort on deck in all weathers. It is offered as standard with a conventional sprayhood, supported by a stainless steel frame. As an alternative option a curved windscreen, made from toughened glass, together with a stainless steel framed sprayhood top, is available for increased protection and visibility.
The optional bimini is cleverly designed with a curved stainless steel frame, so that it can offer protection from the rain as well as the sun, in the marina or under sail. Owners may also specify a cockpit tent which can be zipped to the bimini and sprayhood for extra shelter.
Three cockpit lockers, one forward and two aft of the steering wheels, provide ample storage for lines, fenders and cruising equipment. For halyards and control lines, a dedicated locker is integrated in the cockpit sole next to the companionway. Washboards slide neatly into a recess under the deck while the pushpit seats offer great views from the aft quarters.
Classic style and ample space
The transom features many of the Xc yachts’ most defining features. A positively raked transom gives the Xc 38 a distinctive classic look, whilst also creating a spacious aft deck by connecting the side decks, which is highly practical for cruising and ensures crew safety in heavy seas.
The transom also accommodates an optional six-person liferaft, easily launched from a compartment underneath the cockpit floor. The transom hinges down into a horizontal position to create a convenient bathing platform, with an integrated bathing ladder and shower unit to hand.
An optional integrated stern anchor davit allows skippers to lower and deploy up to 50m of warp with ease via a remote control.
Central instrument console for all controls to hand
The Xc 38 offers light and responsive handling, making it a real joy to helm, while the helmsman’s position provides an excellent view forward whilst sailing and manoeuvring. The Xc 38 features twin wheels while a central instrument console ensures a good view of the navigation instruments, and doubles as a secure handhold for use at sea.
The throttle and engine control panel are mounted in a starboard cockpit recess for safe and reliable handling. Every detail is designed to maximise the skipper’s control at the helm and to help a shorthanded crew work safely.
Mast & Rigging
Flexible sail plan and ease of sail handling
The Xc 38 sail plan has been developed with long distance cruising in mind. Headsail areas are easily adjustable thanks to a furling headstay, flown from a double-spreader tapered mast. The Xc 38 is fitted with a 140% or 106% overlapping Genoa, or 94% self-tacking jib. Together with the provision for masthead spinnakers this offers total flexibility; particularly when the A frame bowsprit is also specified.
Discontinuous rod rigging and a hydraulic backstay ensures simple, accurate rig tuning, with self-tailing winches for ease of trimming.
Reassurance and room to explore
The Xc 38 features a moderate draft keel of 1.98m, with an additional shallow draft version of 1.60m available, to enable exploration of even the most remote picturesque anchorages.
The lead and cast iron bulb keel is incorporated into the hull by X-Yachts’ trademark steel girder structure, which gives the Xc 38 tremendous stiffness and strength in heavy seas or the event of a grounding for complete peace of mind.
The spacious forward cabin offers ample storage thanks to the wardrobe, drawers, freeboard cabinets and shelves, plus over 6ft of standing headroom at the entrance.
The double V-berth features sprung mattresses supported by flexible laminated battens to allow air to circulate and maximise comfort.
A light touch and quality feel
The wooden interior of the Xc 38 is crafted of Khaya Mahogany veneered marine plywood, with white laminate surfaces on the foremost bulkhead, under the cockpit bulkheads, and inside the head/shower compartment.
All cabinetry is assembled and hand-finished by our specialist joiners to a satin varnish, with the main bulkhead features a recessed panel effect. Eight port-lights and three deck hatches flood the interior with light, each opening to allow natural ventilation, while privacy and shade is provided by Oceanair blinds and screens.
The main cabin cushions are made of high density compressed ‘cold foam’ with a soft-top layer for comfort and durability.
A well-appointed workspace
The spacious galley has all the facilities positioned within easy reach and plenty of storage space. A Corian counter-top and tinted splashback create a stylish space, while numerous handholds ensure it is safe and secure at sea. Additional handrails at the companionway and along the coach roof provide security under way.
The 120-litre top-loading standard cool box may be converted into a deep freezer, while space is also provided for an optional front-opening fridge and microwave oven.
Plotting a bluewater course
Opposite the galley a dedicated forward-facing navigation station incorporates ample space for charts and communication equipment.
The second bedroom
The Xc 38 layout is ideal for two couples, with two large double cabins, and a generous heads/shower compartment.
The aft cabin incorporates plenty of storage, and the double berth is supplied with dual density ‘comfort’ foam mattresses for superb comfort.
The aft bathroom is particularly spacious; with a separate shower, room for a washing machine (optional) and access to the cavernous starboard cockpit locker.
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 Xc 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 modelled 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 centrally and low down in the hull.
An optional heating system is mounted aft – when sailing under warmer skies the optional air conditioning system offers extra comfort.
A 40hp saildrive engine is fitted as standard with a 3-bladed folding propeller. The engine compartment is well insulated and ventilated, with good access panels, to reach the key service points of impeller, oil and water.
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.
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, with a choice of media and navigation system options also available.