The Windy 52 Xanthos was launched in 2005 and, from launch, was available in two guises.

The 52 Xanthos had an open cockpit with a transom bench and sliding doors to close off the saloon, whilst the 53 Balios (which is the same length despite the different model number) had a more Mediterranean layout with a raised sunpad aft over a tender garage.

It’s at the helm, though, where these models really shine and you get a proper insight into what the boat is about – driving.

The helm position adjusts to fit the helmsman perfectly, not just with the normal things like a sliding bolster seat and adjustable steering wheel but also a separate plinth for the throttles that rises and lowers at the touch of a button and a footrest that slides out electronically from the seat base.

Power comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D12s with 775hp per side for a top speed of over 40 knots or there is the most popular triple IPS 600 version.

Prices for a 52 range from £400,000 to £500,000 depending on age and you can read the full report in the May 2016 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.

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