About the Boat

Dawn watch during Pacific crossing, somewhere between Galapagos and French Polynesia

Our year at sea is aboard a 2007 X-55 made by X-Yachts.  The boat is a strong, ocean going boat built by a yard with a 40 year history of building high quality racing and cruising yachts. In 2007 the X-55 was named European Yacht of the Year and in 2019 the updated Xp-55 was named Sail Magazine Best Boat winner.

Key dimensions of our boat are: length 16.7 meters, beam 4.5 meters, depth 2.9 meters, mast height 28 meters, displacement (loaded) 21,000 kg.

In February 2019 we saw a well maintained and lightly used 2007 X-55 located at the X-Yachts facility in Denmark. This was the opportunity to purchase the boat and have X-Yachts make some modifications and upgrades in time for us to begin our live aboard voyage.  

By August 2019 X-Yachts had completed an extensive refit and additions including new: main engine, watermaker, standing rod rigging, furler boom carbon mandrel, added inner forestay, aft bimini with integrated soft solar, dodger, inverter/charger, Watt&Sea hydro-drive, batteries, electronics, sails, running rigging, communication equipment, large screen TV, stereo and many other additions.

The boat is a beautiful, strong performance cruiser in excellent condition. In the 2019 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) rally fo 230 boats, Verbena was the first boat to finish with kids aboard and second place in Class A. The boat is setup for everything from worldwide live-aboard double-handed offshore sailing to coastal cruising to inshore/offshore racing.

Here are some photos of the boat and the current equipment details.

Deck and Hull:

  • Hull Color:  White RAL 9010 / Waterlines: Dark blue RAL 5011
  • Teak on side deck
  • Teak deck house center
    • custom Tan sunbrella beige 37-341 bed cushion (NEW 2019)
  • Bimini, beige 37-341 (easy deploy and retract while sailing or at anchor)
  • Teak bracket for outboard mounted at aft pushpits
  • IMX 70 wheel pedestal instrument boards (NEW instrument boards 2019)
  • Carbon wheel instead of stainless steel (2 pcs)
  • Cockpit light, red LED mounted two in front cockpit, two behind wheels
  • Viking life raft, inspected and certified 2019
  • NEW 2019 Sprayhood/dodger in beige (design modified for improved sightlines)
  • NEW 2019 Aft Helmsman Bimini with integrated removable soft solar panels
  • NEW 2019 seals between skylight and deck on skylights
  • NEW 2019 Polish and wax hull and deck to like new condition

Sail Handling:

  • 2 x electrical Andersen 72STE Genua winches
    • Stainless steel control buttons
  • 2 x electrical Andersen 68STE mainsheet winches
    • Black control buttons mounted on pedestals
  • 2 x electrical Andersen 52STE halyard winches
    • Stainless steel control buttons
  • Open halyard sheaves (100 MM) – one each side


  • Gennaker G2 with snuffer, well maintained excellent condition
  • Spinnaker S2 with snuffer, well maintained excellent condition
  • NEW 2019 Mainsail – North Sails Boom furling NPL Tour UltraX
  • NEW 2019 108% Jib  – North Sails Furling Jib with Battens NPL Tour UltraX
  • NEW 2019 A3 – North Sails A3 Asymetric NorLon NY150
  • NEW 2019 Staysail – North Sails Inner Jib NPL Tour UltraX NorLam, including integrated inner forestay cable, halyard lock halyard and deck tensioner 

Mast & Rigging:

  • Spinnaker equipment, complete with carbon pole stowed on mast, extra long track
  • Furler boom infusion moulded carbon/fibreglass shell with carbon mandrel
    • NEW 2019 carbon mandrel
  • Reckmann RS2000 below deck jib furler
  • Triple spreader carbon mast, white painted, Nordic Mast
  • Mast (P=22.35 m, IG=23.25 m)
  • Mast prepared for top halyards
  • Carbon white painted mast bracket for 5 x 30/30 displays
  • Mast jack system including internal jack
  • Sea-Me active radar reflector
  • Windex VHF antenna with FM filter
  • Integrated boom LED cockpit light
  • Integrated spreader mast LED lighting
  • NEW 2019 Install inner forestay including mast and deck attachment points and checkstay equipment.  Cable integrated into North Sails staysail. 
  • NEW 2019 rod rigging
  • NEW 2019 running rigging:
    • Main halyard, genoa Halyard, Spinn pole down, genoa sheets, genoa car, main sheet, vang, jib furler line
  • NEW 2019 Install Port and Starboard preventer line ends run along boom
  • NEW 2019 LED Tricolour/all white top light
  • NEW 2019 LED combo deck/steaming light
  • NEW 2019 rope hangers on bulkhead in forward sail locker
  • NEW 2019 2 pad-eye port/starboard for preventer system block mounts

Guard rail / Anchor / Stainless Steel Fittings:

  • Stainless steel protection rail mounted on rounded sheerline
  • Mechanical operated, deck recessed, hinged anchor launch system
  • 75 m chain
  • Lofrans’ Project X3 windlass
    • NEW 2020 wired controls at bow
  • Anchor chain counter and controls with display mounted on Starboard pedestal
  • Danforth secondary anchor with 60 m lead inlay anchor rope
  • NEW 2019 Delta 55 lbs anchor
  • NEW 2019 spliced to anchor chain additional 100 m lead inlay anchor rope

Port-lights / Extra Canvas / Cockpit:

  • Canvas cover for carbon wheels and IMX style pedestal boxes in beige
  • Teak Cockpit table with dedicated cockpit storage space
  • Winch covers
  • NEW 2019 Cockpit table canvas cover
  • NEW 2020 foredeck canvas Bimini/hatch-covers
  • NEW 2019 beige Cockpit cushions with back-rests and rail mounts
  • NEW 2019 coach roof mattress, colour sand


  • 3 blade feathering propeller with shaft drive type
  • NEW 2019 Yanmar 4JH110 115 Hp Common Rail engine. 4-cylinder & turbocharged with an air cooler.  Improved fuel efficiency and emissions over standard engine.
  • NEW 2019 Yanmar C30 engine control panel

Tanks / Plumbing:

  • Holding tank, self draining front toilet
  • Diesel – 2 storage tanks and 1 consumption tank for a total of 620 L capacity
  • Water – 2 storage tanks for a total of 490 L
  • Complete aircon system in all cabins and saloon (10k+6k+6k BTU), reverse cycle for heat
    • NEW 2020 230v salt water feed pump
  • Automatic switch on electric bilge pump
    • NEW 2019 Keelsump pump and automatic switch
  • Extra manual bilge pump
  • Wash down pump in anchor well connected to salt and freshwater
  • Shower with hot/cold water in cockpit
  • NEW 2019 Spectra Newport 700c watermaker 24v produces 130 lph


  • Special 115/230 and 50/60 Hz electrical system installed – ready to plug in anywhere
  • 5 x 230v AC sockets
  • Diesel generator Panda 6.5 kW (1225 hours)
  • NEW 2019 Hydro-generator – Watt & Sea cruising 600 (600 W) with Bluetooth app display
  • NEW 2019 Mia Sole 125 CIGS solar panel on top of helmsman Bimini
  • NEW 2019 Victron SmartSolar charge controller with Bluetooth display app
  • NEW 2019 8 x 115A gel deep cycle batteries for domestic use 24v
  • NEW 2019 1 x 50Ah Maxxima start battery
  • NEW 2019Mastervolt Mass Combi 24/2600-60 Inverter/Charger


  • 2 x JVC salon speakers
  • 2 x Bose 131 cockpit loudspeakers
  • NEW 2019 Fusion Apollo MS-RA770 Stereo
  • NEW 2019 Fusion MS-NRX300 wired remote at Starboard Helm
  • NEW 2019 Samsung 49” 4k ‘The Frame’ flat smart TV with art display on main bulkhead


  • 1 x Halcyon compass
  • Upgraded B&G Vertical 145 cm wind transducer
  • NEW 2019 speed/depth transducer
  • NEW 2019 B&G Radar Broadband 4G mounted on first spreader
  • NEW 2019 B&G H-5000 Autopilot
  • NEW 2020 Jaffa Steering 24v DU-TS6-24 autopilot motor
  • NEW 2019 B&G Forward looking sonar
  • NEW 2020 B&G NAIS 500 Class B AIS transceiver
  • NEW 2019 Sailmon E4 silver processor
  • NEW 2019 B&G V90 black box VHF with wired handset & loudspeaker at chart table and second wireless H50 handset and loudspeaker connected to V90 at port helm
  • NEW 2019 B&G Triton2 display
  • Nav Station:
    • Simrad i50 AIS unit at nav station
    • Furuno Navtex NX-300
    • NEW 2019 B&G ZC2 remote at chart table and connected to starboard helm Zeus3
    • NEW 2019 Samsung 24” monitor for computer and Zeus3 repeater
  • Mast display units:  5 x B&G 30/30 displays
  • Coachroof over sliding hatch display units: 
    • 2 x B&G GFD units
    • 2 x B&G analogue wind (360 and close hauled)
  • Starboard Helm Electronics:
    • Main sheet starboard electric winch controls
    • Anchor chain controls and counter
    • NEW 2019 Zeus3-12” MFD
    • NEW 2019 Compass Silva 100BH Illume
    • NEW 2019 Fusion MS-NRX300 wired remote
    • NEW 2019 H5000 pilot key-pad
  • Port Helm Electronics:
    • Main sheet port electric winch controls
    • NEW 2019 Zeus3-9” MFD
    • NEW 2019 Compass Silva 100BH Illume
    • NEW 2019 Triton pilot controller

Wifi / Cell / Sat Communications:

  • NEW 2019 Scanstrut antenna pole at port stern
  • NEW 2019 Thales VesseLINK for Iridium Certus satellite voice/data communications
  • NEW 2019 Bullet wifi extender
  • NEW 2019 Pepwave BR1 cell/wifi router
  • NEW 2019 Mobilemark 4 in 1 LTM Antenna (external wifi, cell, gps antenna)
  • NEW 2020 Redbox boat network (cell/wifi/sat) selector


  • Retractable bow thruster, VIP 150-24V with control mounted at engine panel recess
  • NEW 2019 6 blade propeller instead of standard 3 blade

General / Cabins / Heads:

  • Woodwork finished in teak with hand polished satin finish
  • 3 x cabins, 2 aft with added pipe-berths
  • Leather in saloon – Colour – Elmosofft Beige 02048
  • Cabins:  Alsace Blue 010
  • All berths have batten system and spring mattresses for improved comfort
  • 3 x heads, forward and starboard with separate showers
  • Port aft head removable s/s bar for hangers (good as a wet locker offshore)
    • NEW 2019 manual toilet pumps
  • Red night light in saloon 3 on starboard side, 1 at galley
  • Dimmers on saloon lights circuit
  • Oceanair integrated screens and blackout curtain on all 4 skylight hatches
  • Curtains on all side ports
  • NEW 2019 Sirocco Gimbal Fans.  1 in each cabin, 1 in salon area and 1 in galley
  • NEW 2019 Double USB sockets 1 in forward cabin 2 at nav station
  • NEW 2019 – 30+ interior lights changed to LED
  • NEW 2019 Extra shelves in aft cabin closets
  • NEW 2019 Additional towel racks in all heads and hooks in cabins

Saloon / Nav station:

  • NEW 2019 Nav station integrated Samsung 24” monitor for computer and B&G chartplotter repeater
  • NEW 2019 custom shelf under LCD screen designed and built by X-Yachts
  • NEW 2019 lech cloths port and starboard in saloon


  • Eno 3 burner 1 oven gas cooker
  • Foot pump for freshwater
  • Electrical gas switch
  • Gas detector with alarm
  • Isotherm 85L fridge, front opened
  • Isotherm MAGNUM 2507SP fridge/freezer top opening box
  • Galley teak rail with S/s chafe strips on top of galley counter tops
  • NEW 2019 Extra teak fiddles in cabinets
  • NEW 2019 s/s paper towel rack in galley
  • NEW 2019 Additional Isotherm Cruise Classic 65L fridge
  • NEW 2019 Seagull X-1F purifier unit connected to existing cold water pressure system