The swooping lines of the Xquisite X5, a South African-built catamaran that’s new to the United States, stood out among the big cruising cats at the Strictly Sail show in Miami this past February. Company owner Tamas Hamor explained that the boat on show was really a sheep in wolf’s clothing; it was, in fact, the Dean Cat 5000, the last boat built by Dean before Hamor bought the yard and set about revamping (and renaming) the boat.
The next X5 will be a very different animal. Hamor sailed some 20,000 miles on his own Dean Cat and had an extensive list of changes he wanted to make. The hull and deck molds have been tweaked to improve sailing performance and ergonomics, there’s a new interior layout, and the build process has been brought right up to date with a resin-infusion system that will significantly cut weight. An extensive standard inventory will make the X5 one of the best-equipped luxury cats on the market. The first example of the new-look X5 will be shipped to Florida next year in time for the Miami show in February 2016.
Check out Sail magazine article » Carbon beauty: Xquisite X5