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Xquisite X5 PLUS – Best cruising catamaran of 2022

Xquisite X5 PLUS – Best cruising catamaran of 2022

Xquisite X5 – Boat Of The Year – yet again

NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 6, 2021) – Cruising World magazine today announced the winners of its 2022 Boat of the Year competition.

Are they really all-around cruising sailboats, or are they luxurious and large party platforms that are best-suited for crewed charter vacations in tropical settings? That was once a fair question to ask of the builders knocking off long, tall, beamy vessels balanced on a pair of cabin-filled hulls. But no longer.

Despite their respective girths and displacements, not to mention a wide variety of wind speeds and sea states, this quartet of full-size cats performed admirably across the board in this year’s BOTY sea trials. Yes, they now truck along like good, honest sailboats. All that room is icing on the cake.

”I’d liken the Xquisite business model, which is exemplary, to the automotive sector for high-end cars, such as BMW and Mercedes.”
— Ed Sherman

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There’s much to like about this 53-foot South African-built cat. For judge Tim Murphy, the important details weren’t necessarily the ones you could easily see, but rather the ones you couldn’t.

“What I was most struck by on our tour of the boat was actually the service side of the whole equation,” he said. “There are 40,000 man-hours invested in this boat. And you can see it—those are solid hours of labor. One thing that was pointed out was two different marks on the heads of bolts showing they were torqued.
And part of the Xquisite program is they spend two weeks with each owner, training them up with systems. All told, this is really one strong product.”

Special thanks to Rudolf Jonker, the designer of the X5 PLUS,
and the entire team at Phoenix Marine for their outstanding achievement!

The 2022 Boat of the Year contest will be featured in full in a 24-page special report in the January 2022 issue of Cruising World.
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