Below you will find the full details on the new boat and her equipment.

 

Hull

  • X-55,3 cabin version, with owner's berth to port and heads forward
  • Hull and deck are built in a sandwich construction of vinylester and isolatic polyester resin and biaxial E-glass fabric. Further reinforcements are with particular positioned biaxial E-glass fabric in high stress areas. Core material is 25-30 mm compressed Divinycell® with a density of 80-120 kg/m³.
  • Solid laminate is used around keel, rudder and through-hull fittings for maximum strength.
  • X-Yachts integrated galvanised steel girder system, accepting loads from the keel and rig, laminated to hull and bulkheads.
  • Custom hull colour, 7035 grey, waterline stripes 9010 white
  • Factory applied bottom treatment: mat sanding, 3 x epoxy, 2 x antifouling
  • Stainless steel chamfer rails to protect the sheerline from stern to bow

Deck

  • Sprayhood and cover in beige
  • Teak on cockpit sole and benches
  • Teak on side deck
  • Teak laid deck on central part of coachroof
  • Reinforced bow section to accept code zero loads
  • Carbon fibre Carbonautica 1100mm wheels upgraded from stainless steel standard wheel
  • GRP Instrument console over sliding hatch
  • Wichard 8mm padeyes x 4, mounted with webbing jackstays port and starboard
  • Stainless backing plate for innerforestay deck tang
  • Nomen folding mooring cleats, x 6
  • Nomen roller fairleads 16/22mm mounted between aft legs of pushpits
  • Wichard 6mm padeye, mounted in liferaft locker
  • Custom outboard bracket in aft lazarette fabricated in stainless steel and teak

Sail Handling - (Deck)

  • ANDERSEN 72STE-FS 24V electrical genoa winches
  • ANDERSEN 68STE-FS 24V electrical main-sheet winches
  • ANDERSEN 52STE-FS 24V electrical halyard winch
  • ANDERSEN 52ST on starboard side
  • Spinnaker equipment consisting of: Slider and freely adjustable block system for mast end fitting and operation of spinnaker pole, extra long carbon spinnaker pole with deck shoes,
  • Spectra sheets and guys with spliced shackles, Spectra down haul, sheet blocks and additional 2 snatch blocks
  • Navtec system 5 for hydraulic vang & back-stay with pump in cockpit
  • Removable innerforestay system for boat (includes removable runners etc.)

Guard rail / Anchor equipment / Stainless steel fittings - (Deck)

  • Anchor launch system - Mechanical operated deck recessed hinged anchor launch system operating a CQR anchor

Mast & Rigging

  • Nodic Carbon mast with three spreaders, to include:
  • - Upgrade spectacles to code zero
  • - Harken switch track for mainsail car system, upgraded from Ronstan Ball bearing system.
  • - Hydraulic mast jack system
  • - Lazy jacks mounted on mast and boom
  • - Carbon fibre Park Avenue boom with grooves for awning (white)
  • Tricolour and anchor light in mast top, carbon LOPO
  • Combined deck and steaming light.
  • Windex VHF antenna w. FM filter - wired to chart table
  • Track at side of mast for Storm Trysail, feeding into Harken Switch track system.
  • 10 LED lights mounted on 3 spreaders (port and starboard) - Shines up and down.
  • Carbon Park Avenue boom with 2 x LED down lighters for cockpit
  • Reckmann Furling Forestay.

Standing Rigging

  • Discontinuous Rod rigging as standard.

Keel

  • Deep Keel option, 3.20m draft.
  • 485kg of extra lead in keel window for increased stability.
  • Keel faired to original templates

Interior

  • The yacht’s wooden interior is teak in hand polished satin finish. All carpentry is carried out in accordance with best yacht practice.
  • The honeycomb-cored floorboards are made with 4 mm teak surfaces and allow access to the bilge, whereas the companionway steps are laminated curved teak with no lacquer for improved grip.
  • Additional hinged berth - one in each aft cabin replacing teak shelve
  • Single hinged pipe berth in forepeak
  • Red night lights over floor in saloon (galley, chart table, forward saloon area, owners head)
  • Seperate red light over chart table with seperate switch
  • Mattress covers in GREY sky material for aft cabins (fitted)
  • Black worktop in galley
  • Teak fiddles between galley and seating area and also galley area facing chart table
  • Stainless steel hanging rails in forepeak, on opposite side to pipecot

Owners Cabin

  • Tempur memory foam mattress in owner's cabin only
  • Starboard wardrobe in owner's cabin increased in length to aid hanging space

Main Cabin

  • The standard main cabin has an U-shaped sofa (252cm x 140cm) to port surrounding the rectangular table (120cmx73cm), which has a built-in bar. A small two seater sofa without backrest provides further seating at the table
  • The upper cabinet sections on both starboard and portside allow for storage of glasses etc.
  • Upholstery; Alcantara Ivory 1150

Aft Cabins

  • Upholstery:
  • Cabins: B852 Nature 517
  • Dual density foam for comfort

Plumbing

  • A central bilge is incorporated in the keel structure, which allows all water to be collected here and disposed of by using the automatic keel bilge pump or the hand operated pump, positioned in the cockpit.
  • A hot and cold pressurised water system with 2 fresh water tanks of a total of 550 litre capacity including VDO analogue tank level gauge.
  • A Sigmar 40 l hot water tank (80° C) including an immersion heater is mounted under the aft berth. The tank is either heated by the immersion heater run by the shore power or by a heat exchanger connected to the engine.
  • Holding tanks for all heads
  • Dessalator Duo 24V/230V- 100L/hour Watermaker.
  • Aircon HFL 6,000 BTU for both aft cabins, 6,000 BTU for owners and HFL 16,000 BTU for saloon
  • Isotherm MAGNUM 2507SP water cooled freezing unit upgraded from Isotherm Compact 2501 in top opened box
  • Isotherm 85L front opened refrigerator with ASU automatic
  • Shower with hot/cold freshwater at bathing platform
  • Gas detector with alarm
  • Electrical gas switch
  • Wash down pump in anchor box (salt water)
  • 12V socket in both port and starboard cockpit lockers
  • Additional fuel tank 229L
  • Eberspacher D10 hydraulic (water supported) heating system, with 6 outlets:aft cabins, main cabin, owners cabin andowners heads
  • Additional heating outlet in starboard aft 1 heads
  • ENO Chef 3 burner stove with grill
  • Quiet flush 24v electric toilet, big bowl, freshwater in owner heads
  • Seawater tap in galley electrically pumped

Electrical Installations

  • X-Yachts’ main switchboard includes 30 automatic fuses, 3 analogue meters, one for monitoring actual voltage of service- and engine battery bank and two for monitoring actual level in fuel and water tanks.
  • A 24 V DC system runs throughout the yacht. All cables are terminated in a "dry" GRP box fitted behind the electrical panel.
  • 8 x 12V 120 amps (480Ah @ 24V) Gel service and
  • 1 x 12V 55 amps engine start spiral-cell battery.
  • Additional 24V
  • Mastervolt 24/2000 - 60A AC/DC combi inverter/charger
  • 12v socket, mounted in owner's cabin (1 is standard at chart table)
  • 12v socket for outside use, mounted at engine panel
  • 220v socket for inside use, mounted in owner's heads
  • Galvanic isolator - mounted in series with the earth wire of the shore power cable
  • Marco compressor for dinghy: 12V/25A
  • Anchor windlass remote control with chain counter
  • The shore power installation consists of a 10-amp stainless steel shore power inlet plug in the cockpit. A 10A fuse box is located in the aft locker.
  • The 230V AC distribution panel includes manually operated switching between shore power and generator power, 4 AC groups with automatic fuses, RCD relay and voltmeter

Electronics / Navigation Equipment / Entertainment

  • Fusion MS-IP600 unit fit to Bose system and loudspeakers
  • Bose FreeSpace 3 Bas & 2 Cube loud- speaker system
  • Bose marine 131 cockpit loudspeaker set, waterproof

Instrumentation mounted over sliding hatch

  • B&G H3000 GFD
  • Tacktick TO70 Racemaster
  • B&G H3000 Analogue TWA 360 wind display
  • B&G H3000 Analogue Rudder Angle
  • On mast;
  • B&G 30:30 mast displays x 4, on custom carbon mast bracket
  • B&G Vertical wind transducer 1050mm Ocean instead of standard 810mm

At nav station

  • Simrad RS82 DSC VHF
  • Simrad A150 AIS system send and receive.
  • B&G H3000 GFD
  • B&G Remote Vision
  • B&G Hercules Processor
  • B&G Barometer sensor
  • 19" Mermaid flush screen mounted at chart table
  • Station Tower PC by Furuno mounted in lower part of cabinet behind navigation seat
  • Fleet Broadband Sailor 250 with dome mounted on first spreader
  • NX300 Navtex with antenna fitted at Nav. station and connected to PC
  • Furuno GP32 GPS receiver, fitted at Nav. station as separate back-up display
  • Mastervolt battery monitor with inverter control.
  • Panasonic Toughbook tablet with Maxsea and Seamate wireless NMEA interface

At steering wheel

  • Simrad RS82 VHF
  • B&G H3000 ACP 2 Gyro rate autopilot
  • MOB emergency buttons
  • Suunto 116 Compass mounted on aft face of cockpit lockers.

Engine & Fuel Tank

  • A Yanmar (4JH4) 110 HP turbo charge, freshwater cooled diesel engine mounted on rubber suspension on heavy GRP built engine bed.
  • Extra 24V Alternator fitted on main engine for charging service battery bank.
  • Propeller shaft and propeller
  • 3-bladed Flex-O-Fold Propeller connected to the engine via a shaft made of high tensile corrosion resistant stainless steel, through stainless steel P-bracket and stern tube fitted with maintenance free drip free seal.
  • The fuel tank capacity of 400 litres is divided into a storage tank and a consumption aluminium fuel tank with VDO analogue tank level gauge, deck fill, separator incl. filter and shut off valve.

Bow Thruster & Generator

  • Bow thruster, Max Power VIP 150, 24V
  • Diesel generator, Fischer Panda, 10kW

Sails

  • NORTH SAILS (all 2010)
  • 3DL carbon Mainsail
  • 3DL Carbon 108% jib
  • Racing Asymmetric A0, 3.2/1.7, Liros luff rope with KF5 lashing thimbles, IRC legal sail
  • Karver KF5 Furler with Tylaska Tack Snap and 2:1 Head Swivel
  • Racing Asymmetric A2, Superlite 130 with snuffer
  • Racing Symmetrical S3, Spinnaker norlon 150
  • Storm Jib 10.4L Orange - hanked on to inner forestay
  • Premium NorDac Trysail 10.4L Orange

Extra / Accessories

  • Boom cover in BEIGE canvas to suit Park Avenue boom
  • Cockpit tent for Park Avenue boom slots
  • Jonbuoy Danbuoy with light
  • Wheel covers in BEIGE canvas (set)
  • Exit Engineering Carbon fibre passerelle
  • Avon 8 man valise life raft
  • Avon R280 Dinghy
  • Mercury outboard
  • EPRIB
  • Flare pack
  • Fire extinguishers x 4

Lutine can sleep up to 12 across 3 cabins, the saloon and the forepeak.  Each of the two aft cabins has a cot berth together with a large double berth which can be split in to two singles with a lee-cloth.   The saloon sofas form a further two single berths and the "owners" cabin has a further single and a double, which can again be split using a lee-cloth.  Finally the forepeak has a single cot berth.   There are three roomy "heads" (each with a shower): the onboard water-maker turns sea water into fresh water at the rate of 100 litres an hour - so you don't have to ration water - even when racing offshore.  Heating and air conditioning throughout the boat - make it comfortable below from the depths of winter to the height of summer.     The well equipped galley is ideal for ensuring guests are well looked after and the flat screen TV provides an opportunity to watch a movie,  "keep in touch" with the outside world, or even show promotional material to your guests.  

After 15 years of the Nautor Swan 53 we bought a new boat at the start of 2015 - an X55 - that brings us much more in to the contemporary world of sailing. The photos on this website are of the new boat itself along with a few "stock" pictures from X-yachts. As you can see it is very different !

The club's new boat is currently running at full capacity - a significant uptick from her predecessor and a demonstration of how it has helped to reinvigorate the club. The boat was built in 2010, spent three years cruising and racing in the Mediterranean before spending a year ashore on the South Coast. The boat was one of the last of that generation of X-55's to be built so will have benefited from the learnings of the earlier boats. It is undoubtedly a more "sporty" boat than its predecessor, the Nautor Swan 53, weighing in at about 2/3rds of the weight despite being 2 feet longer. Much of the saving comes from the improvement in hull construction techniques over the past two decades. Whilst the Swan was a solid laminate the X-55 has a sandwich construction - with a "Divinycell" core that makes it just as strong as a solid construction but at a substantially reduced weight. Likewise above deck the carbon fibre mast saves some 30% versus an aluminium equivalent. Engines too have come a long way over the years, with the use of composite materials enabling the engine to deliver 110hp compared to the Swan's 75bhp - but with no increase in weight.

Now approaching its third season with the club we are convinced it was the right move given the big pick up in interest for chartering, cruising and club racing. Click through to Lutine's Programme to book your slot and see what an eXcellent choice the X boat really is.

 

Whilst two foot longer than her predecessor the current Lutine is 30% lighter.  How?  Modern yacht designs use a sandwich construction to save weight, with solid laminate used in areas requiring extra strength.  In addition the X55 has a carbon fibre rig, with a strength to weight ratio far outperforming a conventional mast.  It all adds up to be a real thoroughbred.

Like her predecessor, the Swan 53, the X-55 benefits from a hydraulic backstay and vang, but has the added advantage of two speed genoa winches, electric mainsheet winches and even an electric halyard winch.  It doesn't preclude anyone from "grinding" but for those who want a more leisurely sail it makes sail handling a doddle.  Even when it comes to dropping sail  at the end of the day the "Park Avenue" carbon fibre boom makes it easy, effortlessly catching the sail as it is dropped.

As for the sail wardrobe we are awaiting delivery of both a new cruising main and genoa and a new racing main and genoa.  That together with the symmetric and asymmetrics it comes with, and the distinctive "Lloyd's" asymmetrics which we will be bringing across from the Swan (they are being re-cut for the new boat) will make sure that the X-55 is equipped for any eventuality.  

A number of club members have had the pleasure of sailing on an X-50, a slightly smaller version of the same boat, and if that is anything to go by the new Lutine should be well positioned to take line honours when racing and, if raced properly, place well on handicap.  

It all has the potential to make for a very exciting racing capability the likes of which the club has not seen for many a year.  If you are interested in being part of it contact Andrew Jameson who can let you know what we have in store over the coming season.

 

Spacious Cockpit Ideal for Entertaining

Lutine Yachts Limited, the operating company for the Club is pleased to offer its prestigious 55ft sailing yacht for skippered charter to members of the insurance community, clients and service companies. Lutine is the fourth yacht to be associated with the Club and is a prestigious

ambassador for both Lloyd’s and the wider Insurance market. Built by X-Yachts, she is a head-turning yacht, elegant, comfortable and spacious inside. Lutine is ideal for Corporate Entertainment. Chartering Lutine is a highly cost effective way to provide corporate entertainment that is very different to the more run of the mill alternatives. No previous sailing experience is necessary - you will have an enjoyable day on the water irrespective of whether it is your first time out or whether you and your guests are seasoned sailors.

You can download a charter brochure by clicking here

 

Where is Lutine based?

Lutine is moored in Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire (PO12 1NU for SatNav coordinates) at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour with easy access to the Eastern Solent. Gosport is approximately two hours by car from central London and there is a direct train service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, from where a short ferry ride takes you over to Gosport.

View “Lutine’s Location – Getting there

 

 

Hospitality at its Best

Chartering - What does it involve?

A typical charter will involve a morning of sailing in the Solent before putting in for lunch, at perhaps one of the sailing clubs at Cowes or maybe dropping anchor in a quiet bay and enjoying lunch onboard. After lunch another sail sees you return to Gosport in late afternoon. For those of your guests who want to experience sailing a powerful offshore cruiser / racer this is a chance they will relish, but for those who wish to socialise there needs be no “press gang” as the boat is equipped with powered winches, furling sails - and of course a thoroughly capable skipper and mate.

Longer charters involving over night stays can also be arranged.

 

How do I arrange a charter?

Firstly, navigate to "Book Lutine" and choose any available date that suits. From there you can click through to the booking system and book on line by credit/debit card. You will receive a charter agreement in the post. As an alternative, please contact Lutine Yachts Ltd directly by clicking here.

 

For safety reasons all charterers must complete a form giving guest names and next of kin. You can dowload the form by clicking here.

 

The Company will help you with advice on choosing a day, an itinerary for the occasion and provide directions and joining instructions for your guests. We can also provide information on caterers, accommodation, ribs, photographs etc. A qualified Yachtmaster will be provided to skipper the day and the boat is fully equipped with wet weather gear. Lutine is registered to take up to 12 guests and 2 crew, however most people prefer to sail with between 8 and 10 guests. You might also want to consider having a photograph taken of your day on the water or chartering a rib to accompany you or accommodate more people. Contact Lutine Yachts Ltd here for more details.

 

What does it cost?

 

The day charter rate varies from £1,350 to £1,850 according to the season, this includes the skipper but will not include food and drink etc. Rates are shown in the booking system. Lutine may also be available for corporate charter for specific sailing events such as the Round the Island Race, Cowes and Cork Weeks. Special rates apply for these events.

 

Professional Skipper

 

Lutine is available on a skippered charter basis only. Lutine must at all times be under the overall control of either Lutine Yachts Ltd own contracted skipper or of a Lutine Yachts Ltd approved skipper from the list of approved skippers. Unless you specify the name of an approved skipper that has agreed to assist you for the charter, Lutine Yachts Ltd will automatically provide an approved skipper for your charter. There is no extra charge, it is an integral and legally necessary requirement that the charterer has a skipper that Lutine Yachts Ltd approves or contracts.

 

Lutine Challenges

 

As a corporate charterer of Lutine you are eligible to enter any one of the challenges that have been set for the year. The most popular for a one day charter of Lutine is the Nab Tower challenge. Out to the Nab Tower and back again. Talk to your skipper for more information. Click here for the latest standings.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Full terms and conditions of charter can be found on the booking system. Please note that you agreement is with Lutine Yachts Limited, the company which owns Lutine. All activities on Lutine are weather dependent. The company reserves the right to postpone or curtail a charter in the case of inclement weather or other operational considerations.

 

What Else?

 

The Club/Company has an annual regatta (Lutine Lineslip Regatta) for the insurance industry that is an opportunity to take on your peers in a competitive environment.

The Club’s hosts either an end of season drinks party or a formal dinner at the end of the season which is a chance for crews to get back together, perhaps with partners and relive a good day out or a race in like minded company. See the Club pages for more details