20′ X One Design restoration – Mike Condliffe
This X One Design is number X165 of 197 XODs, and was built at Clare Lallow’s in 1972. It is a traditionally built, carvel planked in pitch pine. We will perform a survey of the boat during the first few weeks of the build/restoration period to ascertain exactly what needs to be done with the boat. Initially however, we will need to remove the rudder from the boat.
Mike and his wife Sue inherited the boat from Sue’s father. The second X One boat to have been in the family, after 10 years and 5 captain’s trophies she’s come in for some much deserved attention.
The X One Design makes up the largest and one of the oldest classes to race at Cowes. 197 XODs were built between 1909 and 1994. ‘One of the most active classes of small keelboats on the south coast, and very popular too.’ Classic Classes by Vanessa Bird.