You don’t need exaggerated power, extravagant colours or the most bizarre design solutions to have a beautiful new boat. Sticking to anachronistic concepts isn’t a winning solution either, because the market feeds on innovation anyway. This time our attention was caught by a model that makes sobriety and elegance its main strengths.
It was on the dock at the Genoa Boat Show, with a white livery with red stripes that couldn’t go unnoticed and teak all over the deck. We are talking about the new X-Power 33C, the powerboat according to the Danish shipyard X-Yachts, which has been renowned in the sailing world since 1973 as synonymous with quality, both in materials and in performance, with its fleet of “luxury performance cruisers”. Then, in 2019, with the acquisition of Swedish shipyard Hoc Yachts, X projected itself into motor yachting, a potentially much larger market than sailing. The result was the birth of the X-Power 33C, the company’s first motor boat, built by exploiting the know-how and special hulls of Hoc Yachts.
“This is not a half-hearted attempt,” explains Fabio Baffigi, head of X-Yachts Italia, “but the start of an industrial plan that will see the arrival of a closed-cabin version in 2022 and the launch of a 40-plus foot model in 2023″.
At 10.2 metres in length overall and also available as a registration-free boat, the new X-Power 33C is a luxury weekender, as can be seen immediately when looking at it.
X-Power 33C – Deck
Lines are essential but the extensive use of teak contributes to place the boat at the top end of the market. In particular, in the model tested the covering covered the boat from bow to stern, while in the standard version it is only present in the cockpit area. This area is particularly spacious, ideal for hosting friends over an aperitif or for lounging in relaxation a stone’s throw from the sea.
Immediately aft of the steering console is a wet-bar with gas cooker, 30-litre drawer fridge and an optional second drawer for drinks. The dining table is height-adjustable and can be lowered to serve as a base for a large sundeck next to the swim platform. Similarly, the high cockpit edge makes it safe and suitable even with children on board. An optional T-top is available on top, creating good protection from both sun and wind, as well as a windscreen. In addition to the T-top, a bimini and cockpit tent are also available as options.
The helm station has a double seat and on the right hand side there is an additional seat. From here you have a complete view around the boat as it cruises and you can monitor all the navigation parameters on two integrated 16-inch Simrad screens.
“It’s a boat for your boaters – adds Fabio Baffigi – who like staying in close contact with the sea and look for lots of space on the deck.”
X-Power 33C – Interior
If you’ve never been on board an X-Yachts sailboat, the interior of this 10-metre weekender might just blow your mind. On board the X-Power 33C, the design team has created a comfortable yet very elegant ambience and the quality of the materials makes this forward cabin particularly luxurious. This is also due to the wood used, namely polished rosewood, which together with the brass details immediately conveys an idea of great care and quality.
Although not designed as a long-range cruiser, this area is still very cosy, with padded cushions and a very comfortable space to sleep overnight. There is also a separate head to the same standard.
X-Power 33C – Performance at sea
We climbed aboard the new X-Power 33C in Lavagna, headquarters of X-Yachts Italia, on a practically summer day, with flat water. In short, the classic conditions for summer boaters.
The version we tested was powered by a 370hp Yanmar 8LV, the maximum power installable on this model. On board during the test were four people, around 145 litres of fuel (out of 360) and a full 100L water tank.
As Fabio Baffigi explained, it’s not a performance-oriented powerboat and perhaps that’s one of the most interesting points, because on board the first motorised X-Yachts you can really enjoy the sea and the surroundings. The hull is soft even when we pass over the waves. This is undoubtedly due to the patented Petestep hull, which reduces the wetted surface and therefore the friction of the boat.
The particular shape of the hull results in excellent consumption and stability. At around 25.5 knots, in fact, the boat has a fuel consumption of just 46 l/h. At top speed (a little more than 31 knots) consumption is around 72 l/h.
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X-Power 33C Technical Specs
|Displacement (Light craft):||4000 kg|
|Yanmar 8LV||370 hp*|
|Yanmar 8LV||350 hp|
|Yanmar 8LV||320 hp|
|Bow thruster||2,2 Kw|
|Integrated navigation & operation system||2 X 16” screens|
|Maximum number of people||8|
|Fresh water tank||100L|
|Black water tank||100L|
Further details are available here
X-Power 33C | Yanmar 8LV 370hp – Consumption Data