Both the new X4 and the new X6 were on display at the recent Southampton Boat Show, with the larger X6 using the show to make its world debut. Rupert Holmes stepped aboard to shoot this X6 video, which gives you a first look at the design.




The new X range aims to fill a gap in the X-Yachts range. The company already has a long-distance cruising (Xc), performance (Xp) and racing (Xr) range, the 'X' range it aims to fit in between the cruising and performance range - so more performance orientated than the Xc and more cruising orientated than the Xp.

The 60-foot X6 on display in Southampton was the first boat to leave factory and it has been fitted out to a high standard. Although it's a cruising yacht, it still embodies X-Yachts' racing and performance sailing pedigree. The X6 features a tall carbon mast and top notch sail handling systems. There is a jib, heavy weather jib and Code Zero all on electric furlers. Most of the sail handling takes place at the back of the cockpit area, where it's clear of the guests.


X6 video

Most of the sail handling can be done from the back of the X6's cockpit.


As well as set up to be super efficient, a lot of thought has gone into the styling of this boat. On deck, an optional carbon hard top gives shelter to the forward part of the cockpit. This also includes 12 large solar panels. Below decks there is a fabulous saloon area, with wrap-around windows that create a sense of light and spaciousness, whilst offering panoramic views and allowing seamless crew movement between the saloon and cockpit.

For more X-Yachts see X-Yachts Xc 45 review: new generation and XP-33: True Cruiser-Racer.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.