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Xquisite Yachts in Multihulls World - X5 Sail: 100% Comfort

Xquisite Yachts in Multihulls World – X5 Sail: 100% Comfort

Xquisite Yachts in Multihulls World – X5 Sail: 100% Comfort

Comfort or performance? Do we really have to choose?

What is comfort at sea?

With our landlubber reflexes, the first criterion that comes to mind will undoubtedly be space. The longer we stay on board, the more important it will be. Going off for a couple of weeks with eight friends to the Caribbean on a 40-foot catamaran generally goes very well – as long as everyone does their bit. On the other hand, when you live aboard permanently, the close proximity induced by the space constraints can quickly become problematic. Comfort means having space for everyone – and everything too.

Let’s talk about equipment

This is now a major factor when it comes to choosing your boat as you can read in our article «The true price of a multihull». Although «cooling» (refrigerators, freezers, etc.) is now widely available as standard everywhere, the list of options on offer has grown considerably in recent years in terms of home comforts. And technological developments have sometimes led us to take another look at some of our old prejudices.

Whereas electric toilets or microwave ovens for example were still verging on heresy 10 years ago, this is no longer the case today. Between green electrical production (solar panels, wind generator, hydrogenerator) and the quality of the batteries, it is perhaps more efficient to heat your mug of tea for two minutes in a microwave oven rather than to heat a whole kettle on the gas cooker…

Xquisite Yachts in Multihulls World - X5 Sail: 100% Comfort

Text: François Tregouet – Photos: Philippe Echelle, Multihulls World

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Comfort also means…

With the development of lithium battery banks, more and more owners are even opting for induction hobs, thus making all the constraints, risks and space requirements associated with propane a thing of the past.
Comfort also means freeing oneself from chores. Like the water supply, which is now produced in quantity by the onboard watermaker. This particular comfort is also synonymous with performance, because you don’t have to store and transport hundreds of gallons of water and the extra weight associated with it. No more exhausting searches for a laundromat when you have your own washing machine on board – provided, of course, that you use green products. But beware of adding any extra weight that could have an impact on the performance of the lightest yachts. Above all, be careful not to fall into the trap of over-equipping the boat and making everything too complicated.

Comfort also means having the time to do what you want to do privately (reading, writing, cooking, diving, surfing and maybe just doing nothing. Why not…?) Spending your time maintaining, repairing or worse, trying to get complex systems repaired, far from civilization, is not very comfortable – at least for your peace of mind. The famous sailor Loïck Peyron used to say that «getting away from everything brings you a little closer to the essential». That’s certainly something to meditate on…

The moment of truth will be a real test at sea

Finally, even if the amount of time when you are actually sailing isn’t really that much when cruising, your multi-hull’s performance at sea will have a major impact on your comfort – both everyday life on board and your sleep. Your sensitivity to noise may cause you to shy away from certain materials (see the article on this subject), and you might worry that the low bridgedeck clearance on some boats could induce unbearable shocks as soon as the sea becomes a little rough. The moment of truth will be a real test at sea which will reveal whether the multihull that has seduced you so much on pa-per can withstand the ocean swell.

If you’ve never been a keen racing sailor and aren’t too worried about that extra tenth of a knot, then the VMG and the AWA upwind may seem rather meaningless to you. The apparent wind, noise, humidity and the greater stresses in the sails induced by high speeds can also be considered as elements of stress and discomfort. On the other hand, a few more knots on the log and the daily runs increase, crossings become shorter and less tiring and weather systems are easier to anticipate. Between the followers of Carl Honoré and his In Praise of Slow and the insatiable search for sensations and gliding, there are many compromises to be made. But when it comes to performance on our multihulls, the factors that we can play with are clearly identified: weight, length, sail area, sail shapes and materials, windage, appendages, wetted surface and the cleanliness of the hulls.

Performance and comfort are therefore very closely linked

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Text: François Tregouet – Photos: Philippe Echelle, Multihulls World


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Our Search For The Perfect Catamaran - New YouTuber review on the Xquisite X5

‘X5 Sail is a futuristic world cruiser’ – new review about the Xquisite X5

Xquisite X5 Catamarans use the best of the best and is possibly the ultimate luxury Catamaran

Nick and Terysa

“The Xquisite X5 ticks so many boxes for those of you fortunate enough to have the money to afford one.”

said Nick and Terysa.

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Xquisite X5 review after sailing Transatlantic over 4,000 miles

Xquisite X5 review after sailing Transatlantic over 4,000 miles

Multihulls World 'Boat tests' edition raves about Xquisite's X5 Sail catamaran

Multihulls World ‘Boat tests’ edition raves about Xquisite’s X5 Sail catamaran

Multihulls World ‘Boat tests’ edition raves about Xquisite’s X5 Sail catamaran

A catamaran sized for blue water cruising

“The X5 is a total success. This “turn-key” catamaran is attractive with its rigorous specifications, fall top of the range equipment and exacting quality. The ease of use by a short-handed crew is undisputable, and the watchkeeper does not need to panic at the prospect of changing a headsail or reefing the main.”

In 2010, the Dean 5000 became a big hit at the La Rochelle boat show. The ups and downs of the South African builder came right for the brand in the end. Phoenix Marine, a major South African manufacturer (in the composites fabrication and shipyard sector) bought the rights to the plans and asked architect Rudolf Jonker to take up the project and design a completely new boat within the existing lines: the Xquisite X5.

A functional design

The curvaceous style of the boat is fluid and aerodynamic. The forward face is composed of a vertical windshield in two sections which is cleverly designed and offers a great view, and the split between the lateral port lights in the coachroof is innovative and provides a remarkable panoramic view, with great quality of light, thanks to the use of high-strength, tempered laminated and glued glass.

So, no more expansion, sources of leaks or the crazing associated with Plexiglas). Having them inset creates a protection against the harmful effects of UV light. The sleek sailplan shows this to be a robust and quick cruising boat.

The helm station is well integrated into the overall lines, and is protected by a clever convertible bimini. The large archway after seems a little out of place and is easier to accept or when you understand the program. The cutaways for the topside hatches extend the functional style, also making use of high-strength glass.

Multihulls World 'Boat tests' edition raves about Xquisite's X5 Sail catamaran

Text: Philippe Echelle – Photos: Nicolas Claris – Philippe Echelle, Multihulls World

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Top of the range deck fittings

The usual guard wires have been replaced by a rigid stainless rail, 75 cm (2’5”) high which is much safer than the current recommendations require, and the solid rail can also be used as a step. Access on board is either aft via the sugarscoops, or via a very well-designed pivoting lateral cut-away. The side decks are wide and ringed with handrails on the coachroof. Space is increased by a raised area which is not fitted out, but which houses lockers (watertight with carefully draining hatches) concealing the furling lines. Very flat, with a good non-slip surface and lacking in any trip hazards and line-ends, this design choice illustrates well the philosophy of the boat. It is streamlined with the installation of a proper blue-water anchoring station. A first locker gives access to the 1,500W windlass while a second reveals the chain lead as far as the pivoting bow roller. The general design of these vital elements for anchoring highlights that nothing has been forgotten. The attachment of the indispensable bridle is done here in perfect safety. This neat device also allows the Harken furler for the staysail and the big reacher to be clipped on. It’s also this which takes the strain from the anchor and not the forward beam. Its structure conceals the two furling lines.

The sail-handling station is at the heart of the X5: the two big Harken 60 electrical winches are powerful tools which can be used for everything. The solid frame of the windshield is used to support the removable bimini, which has articulated battens on mini bearing cars – a formidable solution which allows a perfect panoramic view to be maintained for maneuvering, combined with unrivalled all-weather protection.

Other clever ideas include a rain water catchment using the drains incorporated in the coachroof, as well as the 900W solar power station fitted in the roof, whose panel are adjustable in angle. The South African Sparcraft mast with only one set of spreaders has two diamonds stays, and lateral forces held by lower shrouds and capshrouds. The anodizing on the mast, and the way the hardware is secured to it such as some parts being welded, all indicate a remarkable build quality.

A refined interior

The majority of catamarans these days have a cockpit which serves as additional living space, a kind of multi-purpose balcony with many different uses forced upon it. The X5’s response to this a traditional one (bench seating around a large table, spacious lounger opposite and an adjustable bench seat aft), but this whole area can be quickly enclosed. In fact, the cloth screens are permanently fixed in the recesses in the arch, and it only takes a few seconds to set them in place! The bimini roof has a nice headlining and is well lit with LEDs, and this creates a great atmosphere in this outdoor saloon. A wet kitchen and a refrigerator perfectly complete the setup – you can heat things up (or cool them down) as necessary!

The galley is brilliant: set in an L-shape to port around a central island, it is a superb, well-finished installation, with some neat little touches. The lounger in the saloon is really comfortable, and is alongside the nav station, which is the nerve center of the boat, with everything accessed via an iPad on a stand. The quality of the woodwork is remarkable, as is the choice of domestic equipment and materials. Everything is a well-built, solid and entirely suitable for marine use. The limewashed oak trim comes from the well-known Dutch supplier Leewenburgh and is used over sandwich construction.

There is excellent light in the hulls, which have a pretty finish and plenty of storage. The utility room in the starboard hull is really designed for long-term used and the bathroom is quite simply perfect, with refined detail, comfort and quality. The two guest cabins to port offer are equally neat facilities, with really well-designed bathrooms. All the plumbing and cabling is run in separate galleries beneath the floor, and not in the bilges.

Real-time information

The cabling is fire resistant and the whole installation is insulated. All the sockets are US and European compatible, with the voltage being programmable. The whole of the Mastervolt charging and inverter system is run by an easyview controller, accessed along with the rest of the technical systems aboard, using the tablet supplied.

Access to all the main information about the boat is instantly available and can be saved at any moment by the yard’s design team for diagnostic purposes. The screen also displays reminders for maintenance.

A lively catamaran which is fun to sail

The amount of torque available from the 80hp Yanmars is very comforting, with three-bladed Maxprops really biting the water, giving great directional control for maneuvering on the dock at low revs. With no experience of handling the boat astern, I had no problem getting into our slip with 18 knots of wind on the beam. On the day of our test we enjoyed good winds, starting with 5 knots from the NE picking up to 18 knots from the NW for the majority of the day over a run of 32 miles. Once clear of the dock, I hoisted the mainsail from the helm station using the electrical winch.

Being totally unfamiliar with the boat, I asked Tamas Hamor to stay close by and keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t foul anything up. 30 seconds of explanation was all that was required to have a good understanding of the deck layout which is exceptionally well-designed and built. Everything is led back to the cockpit through three tunnels, whose outlets have sacrificial polished stainless anti-chafe sections carefully installed. The 14 Spinlock clutches are generously-sized and are all ergonomically within reach.

Everything is clearly laid out, and each line (colors and characteristics carefully selected depending on their job) is identified on an engraved plate at the deck organizers. With of the cover stowed in 3 seconds, I had a perfect view as the main went up between the lazy jacks. Once it was set, I bore away and cut the motors. After a slight adjustment to the mainsheet car and a little bit in on the mainsheet, I unfurled the reacher. I checked the color of the line at the furler, released the clutch of the lazy sheet and pulled. Straight away had the feeling that I knew the boat and would be able to react immediately and make any adjustments with ease and dexterity.

The quality of the development of this hull number one is absolutely remarkable. The wind was backing, but then quickly settled in the NW and was picking up. With this amount of sail area (183m² – 1,970sq ft), the boat starts to move in just four knots of wind. The quality of the North membrane sails, combined with a faultless deck layout, made for a nice surprise at the start of our test. A good breeze was now blowing across the water, leading us to another exercise: I rolled up the reacher in a jiffy by bearing away and giving a bit of a lee from the main, easing the sheet with one hand and operating the furler with my foot. Fantastic doing this on your own compared to a gennaker!

The self-tacking staysail was quickly unfurled and once set for a close reach, I turned my attention to reducing the mainsail. With the traveler out and the sheet eased, the sail is empty, but it doesn’t flog. Thanks to the engravings for the lines, there is no confusion and I don’t need to ask Tamas a thing: ease the halyard, hook on the strap at the mast and re-tension, making a visual check (thanks to the hatch in the cover) that nothing has caught, and we’re off again! This magic deck layout gives me great confidence and I imagine it would be the same for any sailor. The feel of the helm is good for a hydraulic linkage, and checking the mechanical parts (welded stainless connections and rudder stock) inspired respect.

The X5 is agile for such a well-equipped model, it tacks perfectly, accelerates through a bit of a chop and knows how to keep up good average speeds between 8.5 and 10.5 (our maximum speed on the day) in 15-18 knots true. In the conditions we encountered I found it to be a very stable platform with a gentle passage through the water.

Conclusion

The X5 is a total success. This “turn-key” catamaran is attractive with its rigorous specifications, fall top of the range equipment and exacting quality. The ease of use by a short-handed crew is undisputable, and the watchkeeper has no need to panic at the prospect of changing a headsail or reefing the main.

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Text: Philippe Echelle – Photos: Nicolas Claris – Philippe Echelle, Multihulls World

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In-depth Italian video review of Xquisite X5 Sail shot at the Miami International Boat Show

In-depth Italian video review of Xquisite X5 Sail shot at the Miami International Boat Show

Watch the in-depth Italian video review of Xquisite X5 Sail shot at the Miami International Boat Show 2018 with the kind comments of Antonio Vettese

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Guided tour of Xquisite X5 - video

Guided tour of Xquisite X5 – Video

SABBEX was at the right place and time in June for a
guided tour of the Xquisite X5 courtesy of the design and production team.

Climb aboard for a virtual tour

and listen to what Xquisite Yachts chief executive Tamas Hamor had to say about ‘their baby’.
X5 is the latest hull from Phoenix Marine’s Atlantis facility which expects to increase production in the next financial year.

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X5 Sail setzt auf hohe Qualität, konsequente Einhandtauglichkeit und maximale Autarkie

X5 Sail setzt auf hohe Qualität, konsequente Einhandtauglichkeit und maximale Autarkie

Die junge Zweirumpfmarke Xquisite Yachts aus Südafrika will Alternativen
zum französisch dominierten Volumenmarkt anbieten

Das junge Team aus blauwassererfahrenen Seglern setzt auf hohe Qualität, konsequente Einhandtauglichkeit und maximale Autarkie. Ihr komplett ausgestatteter, 15,44 Meter langer und 8,00 Meter breiter Erstling namens X5 strotzt vor guten Ideen an und unter Deck und überrascht durch ein ebenso gemütliches wie praktikables Interieur.
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X5 Sail setzt auf hohe Qualität, konsequente Einhandtauglichkeit und maximale Autarkie

 

X5 Sail setzt auf hohe Qualität, konsequente Einhandtauglichkeit und maximale Autarkie

 

 

Xquisite X5 Sail in Multihulls Quarterly

Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

We had long been admiring the technical specifications of the Xquisite X5 and finally got our chance at the conclusion of the Miami boat show to take a test sail. Although the weather conditions were not ideal to show off just how well she can perform, they were adequate to put her through her paces. In light air and a moderate swell, we headed out Fishermen’s Channel and exited Miami’s Government Cut to meet the edge of the Gulfstream, which was close to shore just licking the first set of sea buoys offshore.

The Xquisite X5 catamaran sets herself apart from the field of competitors

with enhanced luxury details, combined with the latest technological advances

Hoisting the large composite fully battened mainsail was easy with the power main halyard winch. Then, it was a simple pull on the sheet of the self tacking jib and we were off sail- ing on port tack close hauled, she came through the wind with a turn of the helm and reached six knots in the blink of the eye. We decided to bear away and unfurl the reacher, which kept her moving at wind speed.

In the many decades of our sailing careers we have found that if a yacht can move in the lightest of air, she will really impress you in a stiff breeze. The Xquisite X5 did just that, she performed flawlessly in the light air and rolling swell with the comfortable motion we had hoped for.

By Jeanne Levine and Jeff Grossman, Multihulls Quarterly

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SAILS & RIGGING

The mainsail made by North Sails is a high-tech quality performance oriented laminate. The fully battened mainsail has three reef points and is mounted via a batten car system that allows for the smooth raising and lowering of the large sail.

The customized stack pack and lazy jack system practically flakes itself. Both the self-tacking, furling jib with foam luff and the reacher are also made of laminated fabric and are mounted on roller furlers, with all of the running rigging made of high tech Dyneema.

Her single spreader fractional rig is made of anodized silver-grey aluminum and has a slight rake that distinguishes her from the others. Her sleek stylish looks catch your eye unlike any other catamaran on the market today.
If you could envision the Xquisite X5 catamaran as a high quality customized automobile she would be the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.

ON DECK

Step aboard this space age rocket ship and you immediately notice the solid blue water design touches like the solid stainless-steel railing just over two feet high running the complete perimeter of the deck instead of simple life lines. In addition, there is a stainless steel toe rail covering the hull deck joint. From the stern your eye follows the smooth curve of the Targa arch that contains not only the mainsheet controls, but also the specially designed shower that flows like a tropical rain from the bottom of the arch. The factory also installs a stylized heavy-duty set of dinghy davits that follow the beautiful curved lines of the rest of the yacht and keeps the dinghy secure at sea.

The cockpit is protected from boarding waves with a high coaming that acts as the seat back to the customized dining table engraved with the world map. Cleverly hidden into the molded seat across the stern are lifting backrests for lounging and reclining. As you walk forward along the coach roof there are stainless steel grab rails. Stainless steel brackets support the solar panels that allow you to tilt them to match the angle of the sun; all these features are factory standard. The forward deck is solid and stable underfoot, the anchor windlass, anchor and chain are all concealed under the deck, and the deck hatches are recessed with lockable stainless steel catches and struts. So, the entire deck surface is clear. All the sail controls are led underneath the deck and to the helm for single-handed operation of the yacht.

The sails are controlled at the helm with Harken two-speed electric winches and a bank of rope clutches as well as a second control for the windlass to deploy the anchor from the helm. Although she is set up for a single person to operate there is an extra large double helm seat with a nicely padded backrest. A unique windshield and retractable Bimini protect the helm, which is raised slightly from the cockpit, allowing for both a 360-degree view of all four corners of the yacht and communication with guests in the cockpit.

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

ENGINES & ENGINE ROOMS

Completing the deck walk, we took a look into the engine compartments accessed from hatches on the aft deck that provides excellent access to all serviceable maintenance items.

The engines are mounted on a specially molded bed; the wet exhaust system including the water trap, gooseneck and anti-siphon loop can be easily inspected along with the Racor fuel filters. There is a fuel transfer pump that allows you to transfer fuel from one tank to another. Each engine is equipped with a 120 amp alternator to provide optimal charging capabilities.

We were pleasantly surprised to find her equipped with twin 80-horsepower engines. The twin 80 HP Yanmar 4JH80CR engines give you plenty of horsepower to push the weight and windage of the vessel against the wind as well as agility when docking and maneuvering in tight quarters.

NAVIGATION & ELECTRONICS

On the port side of the saloon is the forward-facing navigation station with an L-shaped desk. The large countertop provides plenty of room for paper charts and there are drawers and cupboards for stowage. The custom designed switchboard, has a digital battery monitoring system, equipment mimic and placement area for optional navigation instruments.

Standard on every X5 is a unique C-Zone digital switching system that includes an iPad as the controller. Also loaded on the iPad are all the user manuals, serial numbers, warranties and the scheduled maintenance program. A Garmin GM120 multifunction display is located at the helm, along with a GPSMAP 8212 chartplotter with remote keypad, Garmin 4Kw radar and Garmin autopilot. The Garmin 200i VHF radio is mounted at the navigation station with a remote mic at the helm. Completing the entertainment electronics is the 32-inch 3D LED smart television with built in media 700i series music system.

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

  • Multihulls Quarterly: Xquisite X5 sets herself apart from the field of competitors

INTERIOR

Enter the cabin through a recessed sliding door. The grating in the cockpit floor at the door and a protective cowling under the bridgedeck prevent water from getting inside. You are immediately taken with the panoramic views from the main saloon. Also standard are pleated blinds for the entire saloon and the hull cabin windows for privacy. The headliner houses the recessed LED lighting throughout the vessel operated by light switches conveniently located. The U-shaped settee is to starboard with cloth upholstery and wraps around a fixed saloon table with storage compartments under both the seating and table. Three large opening deck hatches and a sliding window to the cockpit provide excellent ventilation.

The galley is to port, designed with the gourmet cook in mind. The counter space follows an L-shape facing aft towards the cockpit for entertaining. Along with the security and convenience of an island counter that conceals a vast amount of storage. She’s equipped with both a 12-volt compressor driven, front-loading door fridge and a two-drawer deep freezer with icemaker. Also, not typical is the four-burner gas stove and oven with grill and extraction hood for ventilation.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The entire starboard hull is the owner’s cabin with the king size berth aft. As you go forward there is an extra large wardrobe with shelves and drawers for storage almost the equivalent of a walk-in closet. Additional amenities that come standard include: a 52,000 BTU air conditioner, washer-drier, a 200 amp battery charger, 2.5kw inverter and a 12Kw generator that allows full sys- tems operation at anchor.

The guest cabins are in the port hull and accessed from the saloon via a companionway with nice wide steps for good footing. Each cabin has an island style queen berth with steps up either side of the bed and proper mattresses for a good night’s sleep. Storage is provided by drawers underneath the berths, recessed bookshelf, cabinets and wardrobe for clothing. Over- head are opening deck hatches for ventilation. The ensuite heads have an acrylic section tinted with smart glass as enclosure.

STRUCTURE & TANKS

The hulls and deck are a composite sandwich made up of E Glass and Multiaxial glass with Divinycell com- posite foam infused with epoxy. The bulkhead thickness is 24 mm and there are dedicated collision bulkheads at the bow and transom to protect the engines and the bottom section of each keel. High-density materials are used along with stainless steel backing plates under all the deck fittings.

Designer Rudolf Jonker rounds out her blue water construction features with large tankage. She carries 204 US gallons of fuel, along with 227 US gallons of water with a light ship displacement of 39,680 pounds. This gives the Xquisite X5 the ability to carry more personal gear aboard and provides an excellent motion at sea.

The Xquisite X5 catamaran truly has it all; for a couple with the dream of bluewater sailing, this cat will take you anywhere in the world in luxury and comfort.

By Jeanne Levine and Jeff Grossman, Multihulls Quarterly

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The Xquisite X5 Sail in the newest Cruising World magazine

Cruising World magazine raves about X5 Sail

With North sails set in 8 to 10 knots of breeze, we made 7 knots close-hauled and watched the speedo jump to 7.9 on a reach

“That Xquisite sure sailed beautifully… I mean beautifully.”

said Carol Hasse, “Boat Of The Year” judge.

“It’s just really, really impressive the number of sea going details built into this boat”

said Tim Murphy in the June edition of Cruising World magazine.

The Xquisite X5 is designed, built and equipped to take you anywhere you might care to go.

A solent rig with a self-trending staysail and a big genoa provides lots of sail-plan options. The cockpit arch anchors the mainsheet traveler and also is home to a killer shower.

Let’s begin by saying the X5 catamaran from Xquisite Yachts, with its soaring cockpit arch, sweeping curves in the cabin top and array of windows, is at first glance, well, distinctive.

But after spending an hour or so digging through the South African-built bluewater cruiser while it was tied to the dock at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and another sailing it in a decent breeze on Chesapeake Bay, our team of Boat of the Year judges came up with a better description of the X5: Most Innovative.

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