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Forbes Horton Yachts
The 65 is the result of combining the conceptual ideas behind the X-55 and the IMX 70. The clean, uncluttered deck layout mirrors X-Yachts philosophy: simplicity and functionality, with a modern yet classic styling. Comfort in style combined with world class quality.
The use of heat galvanised steel to create a support structure for the mast and keel was pioneered by X-Yachts in 1981. Since then the Danish yard has produced more than 6,000 yachts featuring this technology and has won worldwide recognition for the strength of their designs.
Strength and stiffness are key features of the X-65 that features a steel structural girder. Longitudinal stringers add to the stiffness of the hull and ensure that the maximum performance can be achieved from the hull and rig.
You do not need to sacrifice beauty to achieve practicality. When creating the X-65 the designers combined their experience with innovative new ideas to keep her lines clean while ensuring she is easy to handle.
One of the optional foredeck arrangements typifies this intelligent approach. The anchor and bow roller stow neatly out of sight when berthed or at sea, and are launched on a hinged stainless steel arm, supported by a gas strut. As well as an optional inner forestay and powered genoa furler, the foredeck can also house a powered gennaker furler to make sailing downwind both simple and safe.
Flush-mounted hatches, recessed fittings and frameless port-lights help keep the decks clear. The deck and coachroof has been cleverly designed to hide sheets, halyards and control lines out of view. This makes her not only a joy to behold, but also a safer boat to sail.
Transom stowage of tenders is an ideal option that has, until now, been reserved for much larger yachts. The X-65 sets a new standard in its class by incorporating a large garage space accessed from the stern. There is room for a 3.2m RIB that is perfect for exploring your new destination or just for some high-octane fun in the sun.
Clients can also choose to have a carbon fibre passerelle that, at the touch of a button, extends from a hatch in the port aft deck and allows easy access ashore.
Whilst steering the X-65 you will find all that you need close at hand. Navigation equipment, auto pilot controls, instruments and gauges mounted on the pedestal are supported by reapeaters at the mast. The communications equipment can be found with the engine control panel on the starboard side. The main and genoa sheets are just a step away, and the port halyard winch can be controlled electrically from the starboard console, as can the in-boom furling if fitted.
The X-65 is designed to suit a wide range of demands. Will you opt for the self-tacking jib or the 108% genoa?
Should you choose a fixed or removable Kevlar inner forestay? Will you raise the sprayhood from its recessed storage space to deflect the wind or extend one of the biminis to keep the sun off the cockpit or helm?
You may be sailing fully crewed or want a boat that is a pleasure to sail shorthanded. Whatever your needs there are options to suit your sailing. The X-65 has been designed and engineered in co-operation with some of the world’s most respected suppliers. Discontinuous rod rigging, with a hydraulic backstay, supports a three-spreader, tapered carbon mast with a ‘Park Avenue’ wing boom. The option of a carbon fibre powered furling boom is also offered
The foils are designed in-house, ensuring the X-65 rudder is a custom fit for the hull shape, underwater profile and sail plan. The deep rudder is designed for optimum ‘grip’ and maximum ‘feel’, giving responsive, reliable handling in all conditions and on all points of sail, and is constructed using high quality alloy stocks for a slim profile offering reduced resistance and underwater drag.
A wide range of accommodation arrangements is available, allowing clients to choose a combination to suit them. A few of the options are shown here and overleaf.
With the double bunk forward there is a traditional feel to this popular arrangement. There is a generous amount of storage space in the large wardrobe as well as in the plentiful drawers and lockers.
The choices extend to the look and feel of the interior surfaces. Teak is the most popular choice but a variety of other materials can be used to create a personal look. The media and entertainment systems are individually specified for each vessel, ensuring the latest technology and a package that fits your needs perfectly.
The modern approach; employing horizontal wood grains, and vertical ventilation corner posts, are a Scandinavian design style pioneered by our in-house interior architects.
The saloon receives plenty of natural light through numerous port-lights and the deck hatches, while the hull windows offer a view out across the water. Throughout the boat you’ll find appropriate curtains, blackouts and mosquito blinds, and the interior lighting can be tailored to suit your chosen activity or mood.
Choose an open galley and the cook can be part of the action. Enclose the galley and allow the crew to prepare food behind the scenes while the owner and guests relax in the saloon. The fixtures and fittings are of the highest standard with the capacity for serious onboard entertaining.
The craftsmen at the X-Yachts’ yard; at the bottom of the Haderslev Fjord in Denmark, take great pride in their work. The table, navigation station, cupboards and panels are works of art that are built to last. A great deal of thought has been given to the practicalities of life at sea and there are numerous clever storage solutions and plenty of stowage for extended cruises.
The crew spaces have been designed with an emphasis on ease of living. The quality in construction remains, but materials and fittings have been selected with an eye to long term durability and functionality. Wipe clean surfaces, optional lee cloths and numerous storage compartments all contribute to a vessel that is convenient and safe to operate.
The standard crew cabin is located aft of the galley on the port side. The forward sail locker can also be specified to accommodate a single crew member.
Using the very latest 3D design programs, X-Yachts designers, engineers and technicians have been able to create a yacht where no space is wasted. The systems of the X-65 might be concealed from view, but they were incorporated into the yacht’s design and construction planning from the very outset. Every cable and pipe run is fully modeled in 3D to ensure that the system can be simply installed – and easily accessed for servicing at a later date.
One of the factors that set X-Yachts apart from other yachts is the importance given to keeping weight as low and central as possible. Batteries, water and fuel tanks, engine, generator and washing machine are all located centrally and low down. The result is a well-balanced yacht that is a pleasure to sail.
All the way through the X-65 you’ll find examples of clever and efficient installations: Whether it is the extremely lightweight and compact Volvo common rail diesel engine, powering a Flexofold propellor: The 24V gel batteries that offer weight, space, and power advantages over a 12V lead acid system: The ‘dry’ box built behind the main electrical panel where all cabling terminates: Or the variety of different materials used to insulate the machinery spaces, and the shock absorbers that each component is mounted on. Our design and production teams have the experience and knowledge to build a vessel fit for purpose in every way.
The engine compartment is well insulated and ventilated, with good access via front, aft and side panels, while the key service points of impeller, oil and water are easily reached by raising the companionway steps on self-supporting gas struts.
Careful planning has also minimised noise volumes from the engine, particularly in the saloon and cabins when motoring, with noise-reducing foam insulation and particular attention paid to all locking and fastening mechanisms of the access hatch.
The engine is carefully fitted with a shaft driven folding propeller supported by a streamlined P-bracket.
Forward owner’s cabin with central berth; large saloon; open galley; two aft cabins.
Forward owner’s cabin with port berth; open galley; three aft cabins.
Forward owner’s cabin with central berth; enclosed galley; three aft cabins
Aft owner’s cabin; large saloon; enclosed galley; two forward cabins. Download PDF m/kg ft/lbs