The Xc 42 is a stylish yacht with a focus on comfortable bluewater cruising. She offers all the advantages of a larger yacht – long waterline, three cabin interior and generous sail plan – but with an ease of handling that makes her particularly suitable for short-handed sailing.
The Xcruising yachts have been created with a distinctive hull design that includes deeper sections to provide a greater interior volume for accommodation, tanks and other essential cruising equipment, and a deeper V-shape midships and forward for improved heavy air handling. A medium to heavy displacement and high keel weight guarantees maximum stability, however X-Yachts’ performance pedigree ensures that every Xc yacht is responsive and rapid in all conditions.
The Xc 42 is proportionally slightly wider at the aft deck level in order to accommodate the twin wheel steering. There are two recessed port-lights on each side, integrated dark grey waterlines, and a recessed decorative sheer stripe.
The overall impression of the Xc 42’s deck is clean and uncluttered, with flush mounted, opening deck hatches and stainless steel dorades for optimum ventilation. Halyards are fed underneath the deck and teak surfaces are fitted as standard. A recessed locker in the foredeck provides storage for anchor gear including 50 metres of chain.
All sail handling is controlled from the cockpit. Halyards, reefing and control lines are led back to the winches on the coach roof, whilst the German-style mainsheet is led to dedicated winches within easy reach of the helmsman. Both the standard furling forestay and the optional self-tacking jib make sail handling simple.
The mainsheet track has been moved out of the cockpit, onto the coach roof, allowing ease of crew movement from stern to companionway. The optional stainless steel davits enable quick and easy launching of the yacht’s tender from the transom. The anchor locker provides space for the standard 50 metres of chain, as well as additional sail bag storage.
The transom features many of the Xc yachts’ most defining features. A positively raked transom gives the Xc 42 a distinctive classic look, whilst also creating a spacious aft deck by connecting the side decks, which is highly practical for cruising and ensures crew safety in heavy seas.
To access the swimming platform, the transom hinges down into a horizontal position, whilst the aft deck is lowered to create a walkway, effortlessly deployed by a combination of electronically operated supports and springs.
Also integrated into the platform is a convenient bathing ladder and shower unit. An optional integrated stern anchor davit allows skippers to lower and deploy up to 50m of warp with ease via a remote control.