Motor Boat of The Year 2017
A panel of five highly experienced marine journalists were responsible for sea-trialling all 47 finalists before selecting the winning craft. The international nature of the event was reflected with winners from Scandinavia, Netherlands, Italy and the UK.
THE JURY'S COMMENTS ON THE AXOPAR 37 RANGE:
“A boat with dazzling performance, effortless seakeeping and cutting edge style with a choice of deck layouts at a price that never ceases to amaze us.”
MORE INSIGHT INTO WHAT THEY LIKED ABOUT THE BOATS:
”When we tested the original Axopar 28 back in 2015, we wondered whether the Finnish yard would be able to better itself. Well, we need wonder no more because the 37 is an utter triumph. Built with a similar ethos to the 28, the increased length means even more impressive deck space and crucially, a comfortable forward cabin with a toilet.
It’s an incredibly versatile boat with three different deck options (Sun-Top, T-Top and Cabin) and the choice between an open aft deck, a wet-bar or the clever twin cabin that we first saw on the 28.
On test in the August 2016 issue, we remarked on how brilliantly the 37 handled the messy chop and rolling swells of our sea trial. It’s a boat that feels like it’s not even trying in rough weather, skipping from wave to wave with refined enthusiasm thanks to its razor-sharp twin-stepped hull.
This is a big boat for outboard power but once behind the excellent helm station, it’s hard to imagine the 37 being propelled by anything else. The immediacy of the throttle response and the 50-knot top speed are what makes it so enchanting, though there are smaller engine options available to suit all tastes.
Like its smaller siblings, it’s a smart balance of value for money and classy finishing with top-class components, quality upholstery and intelligent storage solutions to make the very most of the space available.”