The X-332, a light displacement aft cockpit sloop, was designed by Niels Jeppesen and built in Denmark by X-Yachts.
This 33-foot cruiser-racer was designed by Niels Jeppesen and built by X-Yachts, a Danish company known for its high-end sailing yachts. The X-332 was launched in 1994 and became one of the most popular models of the X-Yachts range, with over 400 hulls produced until 2005.
What are the 'fors' of the X-332?
The X-332 has many positive attributes that make it a great choice for recreational sailors and yachting enthusiasts. Here are some of them:
Performance: The X-332 is a fast and agile boat that can handle a variety of wind and sea conditions. It has a fractional sloop rig with a large mainsail and a self-tacking jib, which makes it easy to sail short-handed. It also has a deep fin keel with a bulb and a balanced spade rudder, which provide stability and responsiveness. The X-332 has a reported sail area to displacement ratio of 20.2, which means it has plenty of power to move in light winds. It also has a displacement to length ratio of 177, which means it is relatively light and stiff for its size. The X-332 can reach speeds of up to 7 knots in light airs and over 10 knots in stronger winds.
Comfort: The X-332 is not only a racer, but also a cruiser that can accommodate up to six people for overnight stays or longer voyages. It has a spacious cockpit with an ergonomic layout and a folding table for dining al fresco. It also has a transom ladder for easy access to the water and a large locker for storing sails and gear. Below decks, the X-332 has a cozy and elegant interior with teak woodwork and white upholstery. It has three cabins: a forward cabin with a double berth, a port aft cabin with a double berth, and a starboard aft cabin with two single berths². It also has a saloon with a U-shaped settee and a folding table, a galley with a two-burner stove, an oven, a sink and a fridge, and a head with a toilet, a sink and a shower.
Quality: The X-332 is built to last and to withstand the rigors of sailing. It has a solid fiberglass hull with vinylester resin and balsa core for strength and insulation. It also has a steel frame that distributes the loads from the keel, mast and rigging to the hull. The deck is made of fiberglass with balsa core and anti-slip surface. The mast and boom are made of aluminum alloy, while the standing rigging is made of stainless steel wire. The running rigging is made of Dyneema or Spectra lines. The sails are made of Dacron or laminate materials. The X-332 is also equipped with high-quality hardware and fittings from brands like Harken, Lewmar, Spinlock and Andersen.
What are the 'againsts' of the X-332?
The X-332 is not without its flaws or limitations. Here are some of them:
Price: The X-332 is not a cheap boat. It was originally sold for around $150,000 in 1994, which is equivalent to about $270,000 in 2021. Today, you can find used X-332s for sale for around $80,000 to $100,000 depending on their condition and equipment. However, this is still more expensive than some other comparable boats in the market, such as the Beneteau First 36.7 or the J/109.
Space: The X-332 is not a very spacious boat. It has a beam of only 10.83 feet (3.3 meters), which means it has less room inside than some other boats of similar length. For example, the Beneteau First 36.7 has a beam of 11.42 feet (3.48 meters), while the J/109 has a beam of 11.5 feet (3.51 meters). This means that the X-332 has less storage space, less headroom, less elbow room and less privacy than some other boats. Some people might find the X-332 too cramped or claustrophobic for long-term living aboard or cruising.
Niels Jeppesen is a yacht designer from Denmark who was a founder and the principal designer of X-Yachts, a well-known Danish shipyard. He has designed many performance yachts for both production and one-off boats. Since 2005, he has run a yacht design company in the UK called Jeppesen & Pons Ltd with Ariadna Pons Forn. He is also a board member of Arcona Yachts, a Swedish yacht builder, and has designed the new Arcona 50.
Sailboats designed by Niels Jeppesen include:
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