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The Xp difference The Xp 55 is built using technologically advanced materials and cutting-edege techniques.
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
The high ballast to weight ratio gives great stability and ensures the Xp 55 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 55 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 55 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.
Ergonomic design and a high style finish
Form meets function with the Xp 55 deck layout, which balances clean lines and minimalist style, with usability, safety and security. Attractive teak decking is fitted as standard, with the option to extend the teak to include 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 and ensure aesthetically pleasing lines.
Hatches and windows
The Xp 55 deck hatches, portlights and windows are carefully selected 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 55 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.
Bathing platform and under-deck garage
The electrically-operated folding transom creates a secure stern area when underway or can be deployed to form a teak-topped bathing platform with transom-hung stainless steel swim ladder.
The transom ‘garage’ offers a roomy storage area which can accommodate most tender dinghies up to 3.0-3.2 m in length with ease. 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.
Power translated into a
responsive sailing experience
The carefully designed steering system ensures the Xp 55’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.
Mast & Rigging
Perfect trim and precise adjustment
The Xp 55 was designed from the outset with two three-spreader 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 55 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). Inferior mechanical backstay adjusters are often fitted as standard to yachts of this size, but they do not have as great a range of adjustment and so are unable to achieve optimum backstay/forestay tension in all conditions.
The Xp 55 carries multiple halyard options to give every owner choices whether cruising in safety, optimising their sail wardrobe for IRC/ORC racing, or configuring their yacht for both inshore and offshore sailing. It may also carry an inner forestay for additional flexibility to set furling ‘Solent’ staysails or storm sails.
Keel & Rudder
The foils of every Xp model are designed in-house, ensuring the Xp 55 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 55 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 55 offers two keel options in conjunction with two rig packages: a standard draft of 2.85 metres, or an additional deep draught of 3.20 metres.
Home away from home
Timeless style, lusurious comfort and superb functionality define the Xp 55
The elegant Xp 55 is crafted from carfully selected marine ‘T’ teak, varnished to a lusurious soft finish, and incorporates high quality materials and furniture fittings throughout.
To port the saloon features a large U-shaped sofa with a ample seating for up to eight people, a table with central bottle storage, an upholstered central seat, and a long, confortable sofa to starboard.
The freeboard on boath port and starboard accommodates deep shelves with costom-designed stainless steel book brackets, and hull portlights. Spacious storage cupboards are fitted adjoining the moulded deck liner, while finishing interioe touches include Ocean Air blinds and screens.
An optional electrical wlwvation system for a 32-inch flatscreen television can be integrated into the starboard shelving.
A dream kitchen
The Xp 55 featurea a very large and functional galley, designed to work perfectly ‘underway’. The standard layout for the Xp 55 creates a luxuriously spacious kitchen area (as shown), whilst the optional threeheads design still allows for a generous and elegang gally, creating a luxuriously spacious kitchen area.
With bot layout options the Xp 55 galley is superbly well wquipped, with a triple-jet gas oven, microwave, top loading fridge/freezer, front-loading fridge, and ample waste storage, as well as space for appliances such as an optional diswasher and Nespresso coffee machine.
High quality materials include Corian worktops, stainless steel railings and toughened glass splashboards. Meanwhile natural light from the freeboard port light, together with plentiful shelves and cupboards, makes cooking a joy.
The Xp 55 features a practical and secure dedicated forward-facing navigation station, which is in close proximity to the companioway to enable ease of communication between the cockpit and navigator.
It includes generous and well throught-out storage in drawers and compartments for navigatonal wquipment.
The yacht’s shore power switchboard is located underneath the chart table, while the connection box and all electrical circuit breakers are protected whitin a GRP box to guard against any potential water damage.
The Xp 55 includes an exceptionally roomy owners’ cabin forward with ample wardrobe storage. The owners’ cabin is offered with two layouts, of either a forward ensuite heads, large double berth to port and additional sofa to starboard; or alternatively a central double berth with heads to port and storage incorporating upholstered top for sdditional seating.
The symmetrical aft cabins each include double berths and generous double wardrobes with both haning and shelf storage. The Aft cabins feature a large freeboard shelf as standard, which may be replaced by an optional pipecot.
Owners may also choose from two or three airy ensuite heads (two with dedicated shower compartments). The photos show the standard layout, which creates a more spacious galley and port aft cabin and allows for two heads, each with an adjacent shower compartment. An optinal three entuite heads arrangement is also available.
Style and function
The Xp 55 is fitted ad standard with removable lightweight soft panels covering the freeboards throughout, as well as the saloon ceiling and side decks.
Finishing touches include adaptable ‘snake’-style LED reading lights, fitted as standard for stylish task lighting in the saloon, whilst owners may also shoose LED strips beneath the saloon cupboards for additional ambient lighting.
Xp 55 · Yachts Data
|Hull length||16,76 m|
|B. MAX||4,77 m|
|Draft – standard||2,85 m|
|Ballast – standard||6300 kg|
|Displacement light||16800 kg|
|Engine diesel||80,2 kW|
|Fuel tank – standard||400 Ltr|
|Water tank – standard||550 Ltr|
Xp 55 · Sail Data
|Genoa 106%||74,8 m²|
|Asymmetric Spinnaker||240 m²|