In production since 2016 and the 2017 Boat of the Year in the cruiser under 50ft class, the X43 is a 41-foot cruiser-racer from the well-known Danish shipyard X-Yachts. Costing around EUR 300,000 new, its charter price during the season in Croatia is around EUR 4,000/week (charter company Nautika Centar Nava, Split).
Categorized as luxury-performance, it has good handling characteristics with racing ambitions and an emphasis on luxury workmanship, materials, design and comfort.
The interior is spacious and built with a high standard of craftsmanship. Designer wash basins, electric toilets and aluminum fixtures such as light switches and shower drains provide a stylish look. The two skylights open up in opposite directions to beautifully illuminate the salon, reminiscent of large sunroofs which can be found in modern cars. The forward cabin is quite generously sized for a sailboat, and the large hatch with a narrow window positioned in the direction of travel makes it a very pleasant place to be in. Regarding the aft cabins, it's a little less agreeable as there isn't as much space or light.
A special feature in the interior is the aft bathroom. The room is designed with a door to the aft starboard cabin. As the room is split into two parts (one with a sink and one with a shower and toilet), this door also doubles as the shower room and toilet door.
Refilling with overflow water
A nice idea has been implemented when refilling the water tanks. When refilling, any overflow water drains into the sink, making it easy to know exactly when the tanks are full. The overflow water can then be used for doing the dishes without having to draw on the refilled tanks.
The outdoor cockpit looks pleasant enough, apart from the large sharp-edged table, and we thought the idea of sliding the back of the pillows into "tubes" to firmly attach them to the benches was great. The laminate passerelle with the X-Yacht inscription has a special mount directly on the side railing which is also very effective.
"From my experience with the boat, I have to say that sometimes luxury and design have been prioritized over practicality and 'sportiness'. For example, the fact that the cockpit table isn’t removable, makes it rather difficult to work with line clutches and the two main winches." says Captain Petr Bartoš.
Bow and stern
The bow is finished with a beautiful solid carbon bowsprit which effectively hides the anchor. As with other sportier boats, it has an open transom at the stern with a narrow folding bathing platform that can just about accommodate one slender person lying down. The steps are inserted into the platform and when not in use can be handily stored between the stern of the boat and the closed platform.
The whole boat is surrounded by a wide and pleasantly high lifelines above the gunwale, which makes moving around the deck more comfortable.
When it comes to sail controls, the boat is equipped with the best components in the category from Harken, Spinlock, Antal or Selden. The heavy-duty traveller on the mainsail or genoa cars are very well geared and everything works smoothly even under load. The electric winch at the port clutch will undoubtedly be appreciated as it simplifies hoisting the sails (especially for a smaller crew). The boat is equipped with six winches (Harken Performa), which will be loved by spinnaker and gennaker enthusiasts.
The navigation plotter, autopilot, multifunctional displays and radio are all from B&G (one of the best systems on the market). This combination of instruments is perfect, especially when marking waypoints for the autopilot to change course.
The boat has a great ballast displacement ratio in its category (43 %). Thanks to this, the boat can carry a relatively high mast and a large sail area. The draft of the standard version is 2.2 m with a T-shaped keel and main ballast in the bulb. We especially appreciated the way it handled on an upwind course, when the boat really can go against a weak to medium wind (e.g. 6–15 kn).
Sailing under gennaker, however, the boat is more likely to broach than other racing yachts. But under the gennaker, we appreciated the handling of the boat downwind in weaker winds, when it was no problem reaching speeds approaching wind speed.
If you are attracted by a boat that combines racing ambitions, the best components, luxury and original design, we definitely recommend you try the X43.
|Type of sail||full-battened|
|Engine power||45 hp|
|Diesel tank||200 l|
|Water tank||340 l|
|No. of cabins||3|
|No. of toilets||2|
|No. of showers||2|
|Length||12.5 m (41')|
|Width||3.95 m (13')|
|Draft||2.2 m (7'3'') standard version|
|Asymmetric spinnaker||150 m2|