X 4.3 Pure Performance
The redesign of X-Boat’s most popular performance cruiser has speed for fast passages in a sleek, modern package
One of benefits of the increased beam is the roomy cockpit with a removable folding table and teak cockpit sole. With an open transom, there is easy access to the drop-down swim platform that is large enough to make boarding the tender comfortable. It operates simply with a manual block and tackle.
My favorite feature on deck is the dodger that folds down into a recessed well forward of the companionway. It quickly unfolds when you need protection from the elements yet is completely out of the way when racing. There’s no need to clamber around it or bump your head when cruising in fine weather either.
Deck hardware, including the blocks, jib tracks and the mainsheet traveler, is made by Ronstan. All lines are led aft under the coachroof to rope clutches and a pair Harken winches on the cabintop. The hydraulic backstay adjuster, discontinuous rod rigging and Spectra halyards are standard. Rogers chose to set the boat up for racing, but a self-tacking jib is an option for those who want simplicity while cruising.
The optional teak side decks felt sure under foot as I moved forward, and stainless steel grabrails make moving about on deck safe. All hatches are flush with the deck. The integrated carbon fiber bowsprit keeps the anchoring gear away from the plumb bow and provides a tack point for the asymmetrical sails.
The Scandinavian aesthetic has always been at the heart of X-Yacht’s design, and it was on clear display as I stepped below. The main cabin is bright and spacious, and the Nordic oak veneers on the furniture gave off a warm glow. The microfiber upholstery is easy to clean and lent a crisp look to the interior.
There are four layouts available, and Rogers set up the boat with a two-cabin and two-head layout. The second head is used for hanging wet weather gear when racing, and the aft cabin has an optional pipe berth that makes a great sea berth when racing or on long distance voyages.
The L-shaped galley is not large but it is functional, with plenty of storage, Corian countertops and a two-burner stove with oven. The test boat had both a top opening refrigerator-freeze and a smaller front opening refrigerator for beverages.
The large U-shaped dining table has integrated wine bottle storage. The navigation station is large, with plenty of room for electronics and paper charts.