In Hadersley, Denmark, in 1979, two brothers, Niels and Lars Jeppesen, and their friend Birger Hansen founded what would become the shipyard for world-class racing yachts. They called the new undertaking X-Yachts and launched their first model – the 26-foot X-79 – that May. Over the next ten years, they designed and built more than 1,000 IOR (international offshore rules) yachts that kept sailing into the winner’s circle, ultimately landing them on the cruising yacht market’s radar.
Four decades later, X-Yachts has developed 60 models (42 retired) and sold 6,000. Models range from 26 to 74 feet and go from one-design classes to large, luxurious performance cruisers.
A range for all seasons
From IOR-built racers in the 1980s to the Pure X range introduced in 2016, the three founders of X-Yachts were always searching for what’s next. Here’s a brief run-down of their journey by decades.
Xperformance – 1990s (Retired)
After the success of the one-design class, a new line of high-performance racers made its debut. The X-412 was the first model followed by the X-512, X-382, IMX 38, X-442, X-362, X-332, X-302, X-612, X-482; the X-562 in 1999; next generation X-43 in 2003.
Milestones – 2000s
X-Yachts greeted the new millennium with two racing cruisers. The X-Yacht 73, built in 2001, was the company’s entree into the luxury blue water cruising market. Four years later, the IMX 70 was hailed by the marine industry as the century’s new “state-of-the-art” yacht.
Xcruising – 2010s
The first in the Xcruising family was the Xc 45, which received the 2009 European Yacht of the Year –– the year it was launched. (X-Yachts also won European Boat of the Year awards in 2007, 2011 and 2020.) The Xc 42, Xc 50 and Xc 38 round out the lineup. One advancement in the Xcruising range was deeper, V-shaped hulls.
Xperformance – 2011
In 2011, the Xp roared back with a high-tech cruiser/racer range. The new models introduced carbon fiber and epoxy infusion for both hull and hull structure, making them one of the most winning cruiser-racers worldwide.
In 2016, X-Yachts introduced its newest range: Pure X. Pure X is a smart combination of the advanced build technology of Xperformance and the powerful hull lines and more comfortable cabins of Xcruising. In four years, the Pure X range expanded to nine models: X4, X65 (2016); X49, X46 (2018); and X40, X43, X46, X49 and X65 (2020).
The DNA of a winner
What sets an X yacht apart from other sailing racers? X-Yachts has a checklist of what it demands – and its customers expect – from its boats: safety, speed, cutting-edge build technology, ongoing design innovation, ease of use – and heritage of winning. Sacrificing features and equipment by cutting production costs is never a consideration. Ensuring all models perform when it counts – and it always counts – is a priority, which is why X-Yacht customers have such passion for the brand.
Never satisfied with the status quo, CEO Kræn Brinck Nielsen announced X-Yachts is ready to enter its fifth decade with something entirely new – a 33-foot open powerboat, scheduled to launch in 2021.
Founders: Niels Jeppesen, Lars Jeppesen and Birger Hansen
Majority shareholder: Ib Kunøe (2012)
Yacht Type: Sailing/racing yachts and cruisers
Yacht Models: One-design, Xperformance, Xcruising, Pure X
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