It’s that time of year when a winner must emerge and stamp their place in the history books, today is that day. When you cast an eye over the 12 contenders and the attributes each bring to the competition, its hard to judge from afar an out right winner, it’s not until you start looking under the skin, at the design, the function and the innovation into the contenders, do you start to see the true differences emerge.
Norwegian boat-builder Windy Boats is to unveil a major new model at the 2013 Düsseldorf Boat Show (19-27 January) which combines the comfort and protection of hard-top cruising with the exhilaration of an open sports boat. Involving a considerable investment in design, tooling and customer research, the new 45 Chinook, a development of the 44, boasts a massively enlarged hardtop that offers more shelter to the cockpit and main deck seating areas.
Founded in 1966 the Norwegian built Windy range has grown over the years from sports boats to Sports cruisers and now into the realm of Sports Yachts with the Windy 52 Xanthos.
The 52 Xanthos combines sleek, low profile styling with luxurious three-berth accommodation, she has an outstanding helms position and quality about her that few in this market segment will be able to match.
Windy has a certain edge of elegance not to over powering though and just enough to compliment its sporting pedigree. Stepping on board the 52 Xanthos aft will provide you with the reason why.
Confronted with a large bathing platform and an accommodating aft deck leads you onto the triple glass sliding doors which take you through to a beautifully layout spacious cockpit saloon.
You will feel the subtle style and elegance of the 52 Xanthos creep up on you now as you scan the fit and finish from the expansive U-shaped sofa and well-equipped wet bar to a world-class helmsman’s position. Look up and you can enjoy heavenly skies above day and night through the huge sunroof in the hard-top from the electrically operated foot rest.
Walking through the saloon going below deck, the quality of the Windy’s fit and finish is even more impressive, high-gloss woodwork, light tanned furnishings, coupled with technology such as flat screen TV’s and an ultra-modern galley, will have you amazed
Below the cockpit are twin cabins, one with two single beds, and one with a double which has direct access to a bathroom equipped with a Rondell shower. In the bows, the owner’s suite has a king-size double bed, en-suite bathroom and dressing table.
Windy’s 52 Xanthos achieves that perfect balance of luxurious fit & finish coupled with a smooth delivery of high performance. This is achieved through a detailed designed deep V-hull combined with state-of-the-art technology and materials resulting in impressive seakeeping qualities, assuring security in comfort and speeds the that set the Windy apart from its nearest competition.
See the Windy 52 Xanthos in video action at
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New Windy T52 Super Tender combines exceptional pedigree and performance
Sporting triple IPS 600 Volvo Penta diesel engines, the T52 will boast a top speed of 46 knots, and cruising speed of 40 knots. It will also deliver effortless manoeuvrability and stability at low speeds, thanks to Volvo’s joystick control.
With a 4.5m beam, the cockpit offers generous seating including three separate racing chairs at the helm and three standing sports chairs with bimini shade. The open, walk-around teak deck also features a raised foredeck, and additional seating, sun lounger and hydraulic bathing ladder aft – perfect for race spectating, swimming or picnicking at anchorage. A head wi h shower is located below decks, along with a double berth.
One of the new generation of leaner, greener Windy models, the T52 employs vacuum injected moulding to produce a lighter, more fuel-efficient hull with a range of 450-480 miles. The sleek lines and rakish sheer of the T52’s distinctive hull will deliver an exhilarating but stable and dry ride.
Work on the tender is already underway and the first T52 is expected to be ready for sea trials
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