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Highly Efficient 50-ft Motorboat: "Xenocraft X-50'

April 24, 2013

Xenocraft-X50: Photo credit James Coward

Xenocraft-X50: Photo credit James Coward

Under development for over 30 years, the Xenocraft  X-50 trimaran has finally made its debut.

Jim Coward , veteran boat builder and designer, claims the X-50 is the world's most fuel efficient 50 foot cabin cruiser. In its stripped down configuration, and without either solar assist or sail, the X-50 only needs a couple of 6 HP outboards to achieve a comfortable intracoastal cruising speed. In this configuration, fuel consumption should be less than 1 gal per hour. When the craft is fully equipped, and powered by two 12 HP diesels for long range cruising (cruising configuration), it will still beat the competition's fuel economy. Estimated top speed using the cruising configuration is in excess of 10 knots. The hull design and other features are proprietary.

The X-50 is approximately 51 feet from stem to stern, measured down the centerline of the main hull. In stripped down configuration it has a draft of less than 2 feet. Fully equipped, it will have a draft right around 2 feet. It will go almost anywhere a bass boat can go, or it will take you across the ocean of your choice. The outriggers can be extended for additional stability, or they can be retracted to facilitate berthing. In addition, the outriggers and main beams can be removed in about an hour for easy trailering. Reassembly requires no special tools or training.

The production model of the X-50 will feature a full head, full galley, and sleeping accommodations for at least 6 adults (2 V-berths, 2 quarter berths, and a queen size bed in the optional aft cabin.) The forward pilot station can be omitted to create 2 additional berths.

Historically, trimarans have been limited by their excessive beam, and by the stresses on the connecting beams in heavy seas. The design of the X-50 alleviates both of these problems, and offers full headroom throughout much of the vessel.

The first 10 units will be offered for sale to the public in essentially bare hull configuration for 10% above the cost of production, with the cost of production not to exceed $100,000 per hull, outriggers and connecting hardware included. Basic components such as hatches, windshields, portholes and deck fittings will also be included in this configuration.  For more information, contact Jim Coward at 252-249-9803 or at  

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