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Xquisite 30 SportCat - Fun, sporty and so easy to handle!

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Specializing in cruising catamarans, the South African shipyard has just launched a “big” sports catamaran reminding us of the famous Kat 28 (aka KL 28) from the 80s . A somewhat unique concept in today’s multihull world, yet not without interest. At least, that’s the feeling of those who have made a few tacks at the helm of this original platform.
Test location: Annapolis (Maryland – USA)
Conditions: north-easterly wind 6 to 14 knots, calm sea

Xquisite Yachts is a young brand, having been founded in 2014 with the intention of building catamarans that are innovative, solid and high-performance. The range currently includes three sailing models soon to be complemented by three powercats - they’re in the pipeline - all ranging from 30 to 60 feet. The models are for the most part built in Cape Town, except for this 30 SportCat, built in Poland.
After the X5 and the Sixty Solar Sail, two cruising catamarans, the shipyard has unveiled a very different boat, essentially a 30-foot sports catamaran. At first glance, this may seem a surprising turn of events, but once the concept is explained, it makes sense. In fact, this catamaran was originally created for the Xquisite sailing school. Located in Grand Bahama, in the Bahamas, this structure is dedicated to the brand’s 50 or 60-foot customers who need to learn the rudiments of sailing. For this purpose, the shipyard had the idea of creating a multihull that would be easy to handle and safe, yet sporty enough to offer a little thrill and allow customers to feel the effect of...

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