THE NETHERLANDS, Zwaag. Boat builder X-Craft has revealed a new 10m open tender aimed at the superyacht market called 10DER. With a hull design by Adam Younger and exterior by Van Geest Design, it is a strong addition to the yard’s fleet and offers a number of customisation options.
"Collaborating with X-Craft has been a fluid process for us,” explains founder and CEO of the studio, Pieter van Geest. “Their professionalism and execution towards this project has been exceptional. Combined with their no-nonsense and practical way of working, unique tenders are being build. The design brief for the 10DER matched the X-Craft mentality as well as our design principals, making for a great combination in our view."
The designer goes on to reveal how key words within the design brief ensured the boat reflect X-Craft's brand. For instance, the boat had to look and perform well, and offer uncluttered and multi-functional spaces. This led to the inclusion of ideas such as a retractable wakeboarding pole and 360-degree navigation lighting, which had to be integrated onto the boat in clever ways. "It gave us a good challenge that resulted in a lean, somewhat aggressive looking boat,” he says.
The Dutchman explains that the design combines the studio’s approach in creating what he defines as ‘pure design’ with X-Crafts’ attention to detail. The result is a V-shaped hull that offers performance and comfort for a maximum of 12 guests. Owners have the option between a single or twin inboard engines connected to stern drives. Combined with a sleek hull form, the boat offers a top speed of 45-plus knots when sea conditions allow.
Customisation of the propulsion system is just the beginning with X-Craft offering an almost unlimited choice of finishes for the deck, materials and colours. The exterior colour can be matched to the mothership should the client wish. Below the skin are a number of high-grade components, many of which are designed and manufactured in-house at the boatyard. In addition to an extensive range of electronics, 10DER's dashboard can be extended to include three flat mounted screens.
To demonstrate the precision and accuracy that goes into the electrical components, the yard has incorporated a transparent but watertight compartment within the steering console — a signature X-Craft feature, which appears on all its more recent boats. It is a tidy idea that allows guests to see the level of detail that has gone into the build of the boat, which offers a beam of 2.85m and a U-shaped seating area in the bow and additional seating fore and aft of the navigation station.
Van Geest revealed that the studio has also created a limo version based on the same hull as the 10DER, to give potential clients an idea of what this could look like. The designer also told us that he is working on two new models for X-Craft, along with the interior for two Holland Jachtbouw motoryacht projects.
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