Xc 42


“This yacht touches perfection in all areas.”

Bateaux Magazine 

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.


Designed and developed for long-distance cruising

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.

Clean and uncluttered deck

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. Cockpit teak fitted as standard, side deck and coachroof teak is optional. 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.

All-weather protection

Sprayhood folded down into zipped canvas bag.
Raised conventional sprayhood in strong canvas.
Optional wind shield with integrated sprayhood.

The Xc 42 offers fantastic protection and comfort on deck in all weathers. It is offered as standard with a conventional sprayhood, supported by a stainless steel frame. As an alternative option a curved windscreen, made from toughened glass, together with a stainless steel framed sprayhood top, is available for increased protection and visibility.

The optional bimini is cleverly designed with a curved stainless steel frame, so that it can offer protection from the rain as well as the sun, in the marina or under sail. Owners may also specify a cockpit tent which can be zipped to the bimini and sprayhood for extra shelter.

A total of four cockpit lockers, two forward and two aft of the steering wheels, provide ample storage for lines, fenders and cruising equipment. For halyards and control lines, a dedicated locker is integrated in the cockpit sole next to the companionway. Washboards are spring-loaded and recessed under the cockpit floor while the pushpit seats offer great views from the aft quarters.

Classic transom with large bathing platform

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 hinged to allow easy access. The bathing platform effortlessly deployed by electronically operated supports.

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.

Well positioned controls

The Xc 42 offers light and responsive handling, making it a real joy to helm, while the helmsman’s position provides an excellent view forward whilst sailing and manoeuvring. The Xc 42 features twin wheels while a central instrument console ensures a good view of the navigation instruments, and doubles as a secure handhold for use at sea.

As standard throttle and engine control panel are mounted in a starboard cockpit recess for safe and reliable handling. Optional enlarged wheel pedestal grab rails are available with integrated throttle lever and thruster controls at the starboard helm. Every detail is designed to maximise the skipper’s control at the helm and to help a shorthanded crew work safely.

Flexible sail plan and ease of sail handling

The Xc 42 sail plan has been developed with long distance cruising in mind. Safe and enjoyable ocean passage-making demands a very flexible sail plan, utilising easily adjustable headsail areas. The Xc 42 offers just that flexibility with an overlapping 108% or 140% Genoa, coupled with an optional inner forestay (which does not require runners) for carrying additional sails such as a heavy weather jib. An optional A-frame bowsprit allows an asymmetric spinnaker to be flown with the tack point clear of the forestay, while a 90% self-tacking jib is also available.

The mainsail may be either standard conventional ‘slab reefing’ with reefing lines led back to the cockpit for both luff and leech reef points, or optional ‘in-boom’ furling.

Keel: Reassurance and Room to Explore

The Xc 42 features a moderate draft keel of 2.10m, to enable exploration of picturesque anchorages.

The lead and cast iron bulb keel is incorporated into the hull by X-Yachts’ trademark steel girder structure, which gives tremendous stiffness and strength in heavy seas or the event of a grounding for complete peace of mind.

The Xc 42 steering system also has two independent quadrants for added safety, and the autopilot is directly linked to the rudderstock.


The Xc 42 is offered in a three cabin interior layout with two near-symmetrical aft cabins. There are two main cabin layout options, including a dedicated navigation station or extra-large heads.

Owners cabin

The spacious forward cabin offers ample storage thanks to the wardrobe, drawers, freeboard cabinets and shelves, plus generous standing headroom at the entrance.

The double V-berth features sprung mattresses supported by flexible laminated battens to allow air to circulate and maximise comfort. Plenty of opening deck hatches, and the cabin trunk port light, give maximum ventilation and light.

The ensuite heads is positioned to port and includes a separate shower unit, with room for an optional washing machine.

Main Saloon

The bright and airy main Xc 42 saloon is offered with two cabin layout options. The standard version features a dedicated navigation station, with ample space for all electronics and communication equipment. In front of the chart table is a 190cm sofa, which includes a folding back-rest section that may be hinged down to form a useful occasional table.

The second optional layout includes a shower compartment adjacent to the standard head compartment on the starboard side and two comfortable armchair seats, separated by a fixed chart table.

The interior of the Xc 42 is light and stylish thanks to white surfaced structural bulkheads with recessed teak stripes. The cabinetry, including the galley, navigation station, cupboards, shelves, wardrobe fiddles and grab rails are all made of high quality varnished and satin finished teak, hand-finished by our specialist carpenters. A white soft vinyl lining is integrated into the moulded deck headliner, as well as on all visible hull top sides. As an alternative to the modern look, owners may select varnished teak bulkheads.

Eight opening cabin trunk portlights and two opening deck hatches, together with the sliding hatch opening, offer excellent natural ventilation and daylight, while privacy and shade is provided by Oceanair blinds and screens.

A well-appointed galley

The spacious galley has all the facilities positioned within easy reach and plenty of storage space. A Corian counter-top and tinted splashback create a stylish space, while numerous handholds ensure it is safe and secure at sea. Additional handrails at the companionway and along the coach roof provide security under way.

The 140-litre top-loading standard cool box may be converted into a deep freezer, while space is also provided for an optional front-opening fridge, dishwasher and microwave oven.

The Xc 42 is offered with two main cabin layout options. The standard version features a dedicated navigation station, with ample space for all electronics and communication equipment. In front of the chart table is a 190cm sofa, which includes a folding back-rest section that may be hinged down to form a useful occasional table.

The second optional layout includes a shower compartment adjacent to the standard head compartment on the starboard side and a fixed chart table with two comfortable armchair seats, one either side, and room for all navigational and communication equipment by the aft seat.

Twin Aft Cabins

The Xc 42 layout includes three large double cabins, and two generous heads/shower compartments.

The symmetrical aft cabins incorporate plenty of storage, and the double berth is supplied with dual density ‘comfort’ foam mattresses for superb comfort.

The aft bathroom is spacious, with a separate shower, and accessible from the main saloon.

Technical Intelligent Systems

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 Xc 42 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 modelled in 3D to ensure that the system can be simply installed – and easily accessed for servicing at a later date. 

Piping for all the water systems on board run in dedicated service trays and channels. Custom-built high volume tanks for diesel fuel and water maximise the space usage underneath the saloon berths, and are also designed to optimise weight distribution by ensuring the fluids are carried centrally and low down in the hull.
An optional heating system is mounted aft – when sailing under warmer skies the optional air conditioning system offers extra comfort.

Electrical Installations: Peace of Mind

The 12V electrical system is designed using efficient cable runs to reduce transmission losses. All cabling terminates in a ‘dry’ GRP box fitted behind the main electrical panel in the saloon for added safety.

The high-specification electronics include a 220V AC shore power system as standard, which is capable of powering the 30-litre water heater. The switchboard is custom-designed with circuit breakers, and the circuits comprise tinned marine cable for corrosion resistance. The high quality three-stage battery charger utilises AGM (Absorption Glass Mat) batteries for low maintenance.

Comfort features include stylish LED interior lighting, with a choice of media and navigation system options also available.

Smooth Engine Operation

A 55hp saildrive engine is fitted as standard with a 3-bladed folding propeller. The engine compartment is well insulated and ventilated, with good access panels, to reach the key service points of impeller, oil and water.

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 saildrive engines with folding propeller are carefully fitted with the engine ‘S’ struts faired into the hull using a rigid gasket for reliability and reduced drag underwater.

Boat Plans

Standard layout

Optional layout

Technical Data

Designer Niels Jeppesen
Hull length 12,81 m
LWL 11,47 m
B. MAX 4,1 m
Draft - standard 2,1 m
Draft - shallow 1,7 m
Ballast - standard 5160 kg
Displacement light 11400 kg
Engine diesel 40 kW
Cabins, standard 3
Heads, standard 2
Mainsail 53 m²
Genoa 108% 44,2 m²
Genoa 140% 57,3 m²
Self Tacking Jib 90% 36,8 m²
Asymmetric Spinnaker 158,2 m²