The Axopar 37 range wins the prestigious “Motor Boat of The Year 2017” title!
The Axopar 37 was awarded “Motor Boat of The Year 2017” in the category Sportsboats and RIBs in the 2017 Motor Boat Awards, considered the Oscars of the motor boat world!
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.”
2016 Boat Builder Award Winner - International Distributor/Dealer development
Axopar won the 2016 Boat Builder Awards for its International Distributor- & Dealer development.
The prestigious Boat Builder Awards 2016 celebrates business achievement within the marine industry, organised jointly by IBI magazine and METSTRADE. The Boat Builder Awards are designed to recognise individual and team success within boat building companies globally across the eight categories of business achievement.
The awards were held on 16th November, 2016 at The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam.
COMMENTS FROM THE JURY:
Axopar - Boat sales and International dealership growth.
Since launching its first range of boats in 2014, Finland’s Axopar Boats has achieved impressive global sales growth, The Jury were particularly taken by the drive and ambition of the company and the fact that it has quickly created a large yet credible network expansion which has helped it build a strong global brand in a very short time period.
Axopar 28 - European Powerboat of the Year 2016 in the category up to 35 feet!
Each year Europe’s best in the boating industry are rewarded with the "Oscars of watersports“: The international “European Powerboat of the Year” Awards. The title is highly acknowledged, and is awarded to the best five boats sold in Europe, in five different size categories. The Axopar 28 range won in the category - Up to 35 feet and the winners were announced at the Düsseldorf International Boat show in January 2016.
The expert panel consists of editors-in-chief of Europe’s top eight motorboat magazines - Bådnyt (Norway), BoatMag (Italy), Boote (Germany), Marina.ch (Switzerland), Motorboot (The Netherlands), Nautica y Yates (Spain), Neptune (France) and Yacht Revue (Austria). The jury nominated 24 new boats in five classes: up to 25 feet, up to 35 feet, up to 45 feet, over 45 feet and the Displacement class, where length is of no importance.
Being nominated alone means that the yacht is one of the most promising new innovations for the upcoming water sports season 2016. All of the 25 boats that were nominated have undergone extensive tests. The European Powerboat of the Year is the most thorough competition there is for production yachts. The criteria that the jury bases their evaluation on space between value for money, performance and innovation. The spirit is to award the models that carry on valuable features, regardless of the brand or the market diffusion.
COMMENTS FROM THE JURY:
On the basis of an 8.6 m hull with a deep V, the Scandinavian brand Axopar has come up with five different models. The five different versions are: Axopar 28 Open, Axopar 28 OC (Open Cabin) largely open, Axopar T-Top with a hard top above the helm station, Axopar 28 Cabin with an enclosed wheelhouse and Axopar 28 AC (Aft Cabin) also with an enclosed wheelhouse.
At the start of development of the Axopar 28, all preconceived ideas were called into question. "Each component was analysed in detail. The outcome was a unique modern design, outstanding handling, maximum safety, processing in conformity with standards and, thanks to industrial component production, a revolutionary price. Something new, something perfect has come out of it," says the shipyard. The concept is indeed unique: a walk-around, a large area for socialising or a sunbathing pad at the bow.
Array of surprises
In the cabin version, the bench seat can be converted into a double bed, while in the version with the aft cabin there are two fixed berths. A separate wet cell is accessible from the forecastle and rounds off the array of surprises. The twin-stepped hull is said to ensure fantastic handling characteristics. Thanks to the broad walk-around and high railing, the boat's occupants can feel secure at all times – and even at top speeds exceeding 45 kn. The customer can choose between single and double Mercury outboard engines up to 300 hp.
The Axopar 28 range wins the prestigious “Motor Boat of The Year 2016” title!
The Axopar 28 was awarded “Motor Boat of The Year 2016” in the category Sportsboats and RIBs in the 2016 Motor Boat Awards, considered the Oscars of the motor boat world!
All boats currently available for sale in the UK are eligible for a Motor Boat Award provided they were tested and published by Motor Boat & Yachting in the past twelve months. Boats are judged by a panel of experienced professionals with decisions based on sea trial experience of each vessel. On average, over 70 boats are tested each year and are considered for entry into eight main categories.
THE JURY'S COMMENTS ON THE AXOPAR 28 RANGE:
“A boat that has it all; searing performance, a fantastic hull, brilliant deck spaces, somewhere to sleep and looks to die for.”
MORE INSIGHT INTO WHAT THEY LIKED ABOUT THE BOATS:
”When the Axopar 28 came out on top in our four-way test between it, the Draco 27 RS, Paragon 25 Ranger and XO 250 we knew we were on to something special. Not only did it have the best deck layout and smartest packaging but it was also, inexplicably, the cheapest of the four to buy.
The 28 covers a huge number of bases, partly down to the fact that it is available as an Open, T-top or hardcore Wheelhouse version and partly beacuse it is just so cleverly designed. Pluses include the aft sunpad, with access at either end to what is a surprisingly usable double berth that is just as useful as a large dry storage locker, and the way the helm area is sunken into the deck and protected by a tall, sturdy windscreen. It has a toilet and sink nestled away within the console and in that pointy bow the yard has found space for a table so you can picnic on board.
Then there is the ride, which is sublime thanks to that knife-like, twin-stepped, 22 degree deadrise at the transom hull, and the 40-knot performance from the single 250hp Mercury Verado.
It’s a dayboat, weekender, sportsboat, watersports machine and a fast point-to-pointer rolled into one.”
The Axopar 28 range awarded “Best of Boats 2015”!
The Axopar 28 wins the “Best of Boats 2015” title in the category Best for Fun!
The awards were held in Berlin 26.11 with 15 maritime journalists from 14 different magazines in the jury with over 260 tested boats during 2015.
THE JURY'S COMMENTS ON THE AXOPAR 28 RANGE:
“This agile and sporty boat from Finnish inventors, built in Poland, is based on a very light weight twin stepped deep-V hull that provides notable seaworthiness and a fun and safe ride. The Axopar 28 is easily trailerable and designed for single outboard engines up to 350 HP. The boat is remarkable in the way that it is offered in five versions based on the same hull ranging from an open version to a fully enclosed walkaround with Daycruiser aft cabin.”
A boat is “Best for Fun”, according to the Best of Boats jury, if the boat is versatile for many kinds of watersports, adaptable to the needs of different crews and – of course – fun to drive with to experience nature, water and power equally.
Axopar 28 AC Motorboat of the Year 2014 in Sweden!
With over 60 new motorboats tested during 2014 the Swedish magazine Vi Båtägare selected the Axopar 28 AC as the winner of the Motorboat of the Year 2014 title with the following statements:
“An adrenaline inducing hull and a great price makes Axopar 28 AC newcomer of the year and worthy of the title Motorboat of the Year 2014.”, “This year's motorboat 2014 is a new brand from an experienced manufacturer. Axopar 28 AC takes the cabin boat to a new level with smart solutions and an amazing hull. The large sunroof provides an open feel in the cabin and the nights can be spent in the aft cabin. All at a competitive price.”
They also gave acclaim to the 28 AC for rethinking the daycruiser concept, the driving pleasure and the truly innovative design.
Short summaries of reviews from the boating press highlighting what they have complimented our boats on, based on their tests and sea trials. There are also full reviews available to read and video reviews to watch.
Tested: Axopar 24 Open & HT - (Venemestari Nr. 3 2017)
“Eye-catcher”, “Although the 24 is the smallest in the range, its design is by no means modest or reduced, on the contrary. The Axopar 24 not only looks modern and upscale but also feels like a fully featured family member alongside the larger models”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 Open & HT: Style to spare, Great possibilities for socialising, The small difference in price for the HT-version. "Axopar has grown into an addictive and talked about brand in a short time", "In general, the addition of a hard top roof to a bowrider is one of the Axopar’s insights. A similar concept has not been seen previously", "Few seven-meter cruisers provide the same opportunities to enjoy the time spent at sea and even an overnight stay. And if you need to keep the bow free for movement, you can concentrate the socialising functions to the aft or vice versa, and the central salon is always close at hand".
Tested: Axopar 37 Cabin & 37 Sun-Top - (Trade-A-Boat Magazine Issue 485, December 2016)
“I always go out on a limb when I suggest that a boat is the best I have ever reviewed; after all, such a claim doesn’t leave a lot of room to move. After reviewing the Axopar 37 I may just have to reconsider my attitude. This could be the most fun you can have on a day boat.”
What they loved about the Axopar 37: Handling and ride are in a class of their own, Individual looks will please some, Quality finishes and futuristic design. "Forget everything you know about driving a 37-footer – this boat rewrites all the manuals. It leapt forward from rest like a boating journalist at an open bar and pushed rapidly to WOT, just shy of 50kt in the quiet waters of upper Middle Harbour.", "Handling characteristics were sublime; the boat dutifully followed wherever it was pointed and confidently gripped the water as the hull leant in and bit hard without pitching or slipping.", "The Axopar 37 was safe and predictable across all quarters, rapidly inspiring confidence in its ability to quickly and safely cover the hops between inner-city ports."
Tested: Axopar 37 AC - (Kippari Nr. 12 2016)
“Wayfarer of a new era”, “One rarely encounters a boat more than 11 meters long that achieves the same kind of driving fun as the big Axopar delivers. The driving response has similarities with large rib-boats, which is a result of the low height, the length and the deep V-bottom”
What they loved about the Axopar 37 AC: Aesthetics, Handling, Performance, Drivability, Flexibility/adaptability, Low noise level. "All encountered waves, even the sharp ones, disappeared under the boat without a trace", "Agile for its size. Slender lines and excellent visibility at the helm makes controlling and handling of the big Axopar a pleasure. The same feeling of agility continues throughout the boats speed registry from manoeuvring in the port up to top speed", "The low and long profile is also good for wind sensitivity. Even at speed it is steady and performs predictably".
Europe's largest motorboat magazine Boote tested the Axopar 37 T-Top. (Boote 11/2016)
“A newcomer from Scandinavia sets new standards”, “In short: rough water performance that puts a never-ending smile on one’s face”
What they loved about the Axopar 37 T-Top: "Basically the Axopar 37 is a fun boat with the performance data of a driving machine - barely 6 kg of net boat weight per horsepower are values that are found in the racing sector", "The biggest advantage of the steps is that the boat will rise out of the water swiftly, leaving waves and rough water out of the equation", "A speed at which you have to throttle back on other boats, because the waves affect the driving comfort, is almost non-existent on our test boat".
Conclusion: Among the boat builders aiming to meet the requirements of families and performance seekers alike, Axopar is holding a top position at the moment. The Axopar 37 T-Top shows both workmanship and handling characteristics at a high level. The latter is especially true in rough seas.
READ THE FULL REVIEW (German only)
Tested: Axopar 24 T-Top - (MBY November 2016)
“It’s a remarkably clever layout that strikes the perfect balance between useable dayboat and focused driving machine.”, “The combination of cutting-edge looks, a deep-vee hull, a sociable deck layout, exhilarating performance and attractive pricing has struck a chord with buyers the world over.”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 T-Top: "The cockpit layout works a treat with five supportive forward-facing seats aft of the helm, two of which swivel round to face a teak table that slots in the middle.", "The helm encapsulates that same ethos with excellent protection from the tall screen and optional T-Top, first-rate ergonomics courtesy of a tilting wheel and a perfectly placed armrest for working the throttles, plus a simple electronic dash.", "Somehow the low-slung bow stays clear of the waves, sending spray cascading away from the cockpit and letting the deeper mid sections slice through the crests with remarkable ease.", "The steering is perfectly weighted and direct, with sportscar-like 3.2 turns lock to lock."
Highlights: Clever cockpit layout, Excellent ride and handling, Open and Hard Top variants.
Tested: Axopar 24 T-Top - (Powerboat & RIB Magazine Issue 136 October 2016)
“Radical looks & innovative spacious design”, “It has equal appeal for the white-knuckle powerboater as it does for the family man.”, “When you consider what you are getting for the money, the Axopar 24 T-Top is a no-brainer…”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 T-Top: Great seakeeping and handling, Rapid steering, Solid build quality, Practicality/safety, Good weather/sun protection. "Its radical looks, vertical stem and innovative, spacious design are a trademark of this Finnish yard, as is a tempting, fully specified price tag of just over £60,000."
Verdict: The GRP-built Axopar 24 T-Top brings the joys of fast Scandinavian boating to those that do not want to remortgage their house, and/or want a boat light enough to trail. It also provides a comfier option to a RIB with the ability to overnight, which for those that do not live near to their boat can make a world of a difference. When you consider what you are getting for the money, the Axopar 24 T-Top is a no-brainer, which has equal appeal for the white-knuckle powerboater as it does for the family man. If you want something more conventional than the T-Top, there is also an open-boat version.
Tested: Axopar 37 T-Top (Barcos Nr. 208 October 2016)
“At the controls, this progression results in spectacular sensations of acceleration and speed, response and power, with full control of the situation at all times. Spectacular!”, “High performance, full comfort”
What they loved about the Axopar 37 T-Top: Very attractive price and exact, impeccable driving and handling. The concept with open bathing platforms and flat area around the outboards and the hatch to the cabin on foredeck. "The hull in conjunction with dual engines provides great performance and safety at sea. The turns and counter steering is extremely agile, tight and fast, without cavitation and with outstanding grip of the hull."
READ THE FULL REVIEW (Spanish only)
Tested: Axopar 37 T-Top & 37 Cabin
The international Yachting Magazine in the US takes the Axopar 37 T-Top and Cabin out for a spin on choppy seas in Fort Lauderdale. See what they thought about the boats in this short video review.
Tested: Axopar 37 ST & TT - (MBY August 2016)
“The most sensational new boat of the year?”, “A boat that has it all”, “This boat is comfortable going fast in heavy weather and transforms into a sociable, fun platform the moment the anchor is out.”
What they loved about the Axopar 37 ST & TT: "We're doing 41 knots over the ground. It genuinely feels like less than half that speed; the boat isn't even breaking a sweat. Staggering. The hull is so adept, so unflappable and so flattering that it's easy to drive fast in a big sea and still feel utterly safe and in control.", "Something that both boats share is the super-sociable dinette amidships.", "Thanks to Axopar's modular construction methods, you can tweak the layout to suit your exact needs.", "... Given its relative capability, that might make the Axopar 37 the steal of the century.".
Verdict: "Surfing back towards base, I struggle to think of a boat I've tested that I'd rather be on in these conditions.", "It's a very special boat, this, there's no doubt about it.".
Motor Boat & Yachting's Deputy Editor Jack Haines takes the Axopar 37 Sun-Top for a test drive in challenging conditions in Mallorca. Have a look at his impressions using the link below. (June 28, 2016)
“It’s a fantastic boat to drive!”, “Incredible value for money”, “Wonderful deck spaces, seakindly hull, agile handling and searing performance”
Tested: Axopar 24 T-top (WasserSport 06/2016)
“The Axopar 24 is set to continue the success of the award-winning Axopar 28 for all those who are looking for a versatile, sporty trailer boat with solid handling characteristics even in rough water, at a competitive price.”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 T-top: "Trailerable, cheeky and versatile: The new Axopar 24 as a Hard Top, T-top or Open model has a confident appearance and need not hide behind the big sisters.", "A powerful visual appearance with clean lines, the same sharp angular bow, a broad stern, the whole thing just over a metre shorter than the 28, but with a bit more freeboard.", "The Axopar 24 is a versatile driving machine with strong character and sporty driving characteristics on one hand and has genuine Cruiser qualities on the other. The universal concept makes no bad compromises, convinces with functional elegance, a clear and distinctive design and good build quality."
READ THE FULL REVIEW (German only) - (This and other boat reviews from WasserSport for download at: www.svgwassersport.de)
Tested: Axopar 28 AC (Pacific Yachting 06/2016)
“The performance and fuel economy are both outstanding. Fit and finish are also first-rate. Its striking design is another feature that will draw in customers.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 AC: "At a more sedate cruising speed of 27 knots (4,000 rpm), the fuel consumption was a remarkable 1.6 litres (0.42US gallons) per mile. For its size, the Axopar 28 can boast some of the lowest fuel consumption numbers we’ve ever seen.", "Despite the two-foot chop, there was absolutely no pounding and the movement of the boat was soft. Another pleasant surprise was that, despite the chop, we never took a drop of water over the bow. This is an outstanding characteristic. Driving the Axopar was a real pleasure.", "As with the exterior, we could not find any fault with the high quality construction and craftsmanship throughout the interior. Axopar certainly isn’t cutting any corners when it comes to quality of construction.", "From bow to stern this new offering is a refreshing departure from the norm."
READ THE FULL REVIEW - (Appearing in Pacific Yachting, July 2016)
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top - (Powerboat & RIB Magazine Issue 132 May 2016)
“When you consider what you are getting for your money, the Axopar 28TT is a no-brainer for the wind-in-your-hair powerboater.”, “True to Scandinavian form, the Axopar is no less impressive when it comes to functionality and practicality.”, “She is capable of incredibly tight sure-footed turns, with her stepped hull showing not the slightest intention of losing the plot.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: Great seakeeping and handling, Rapid performance, Solid build quality, Practicality/safety, Easy movement on deck, Good weather protection.
Verdict: Scandinavian boats in many ways are like German cars – distinctly solid and irresistible to those with practical taste. The GRP-built Axopar 28TT, like the recent plethora of fast offshore craft hailing from the Baltic, has radical and aggressive styling. Rightly this yard, like many from the region, has calculated that its boats will prove equally popular alongside the comparatively conservative boats of southern Europe. When you consider what you are getting for your money, the Axopar 28TT is a no-brainer for the wind-in-your-hair powerboater. If you want something different to the 28TT, there is also a cabin version and a totally open boat.
Tested: Axopar 24 Open & Hard Top (Båtnytt Nr. 5 2016)
“Family favourite”, “The thrill of speed and a driving pleasure. Axopar 24 is easy to drive with a hull that is both easily driven and handles beautifully. Both the driver and the entire family will have a safe ride.”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 Open & Hard Top: Easy to drive, Modern design, Concept innovator. "Stylish, sporty and seaworthy despite its smaller size. An excellent option for those who both want to commute to the island and enjoy the beautiful summer days.", "I have previously driven a lot of rib boats and the similarity in the driving experience and seaworthiness are striking. Axopar 24 brings out the mischievous in the driver while offering passengers, whether they are small children or large, security through the seaworthy hull and the well thought out concept of the layout.", "24 Open is like a combination of a classic bowrider and open boat, but with smart bunks in front of the driver and passenger seats.", "Worthy family boats with a high safety approach."
FIRST TEST OF THE AXOPAR 24 OPEN (De Telegraaf 9.4.2016)
“Champion”, “The finish is immaculate and the choice of materials and processing underline the exclusive look”, “In cornering the 24 shows its unprecedented class.”
What they loved about the Axopar 24 Open: Rating: 8,8. Construction 4/5, Comfort & Space 4/5, Ergonomics 4/5, Finish 4/5, Handling 5/5, Price/Quality 4/5. "It is also clear that there are hardly any boats that have better handling", "In all phases of acceleration you have maximum control", "Thanks to the solid construction and the excellent sailing characteristics, the 24 is a contender to bring home many more awards for Axopar".
FIRST TEST OF THE AXOPAR 37 CABIN IN ROUGH SEAS: Axopar 37 Cabin (Båtnytt Nr. 1 2016)
“Axopar 37 – The first test of the new SUPERBOAT”, “More length, more width, more cabin, more rib-feel, more visions, more future – and more Mercury”, “Behind the handsome exterior awaits a potent long-distance boat for rough riding.”
What they loved about the Axopar 37 Cabin: Seaworthiness, Cuts through the waves like well-sharpened skis in fresh snow, Bright, spacious and bold design, Large sun deck and good opportunities for socialising. "Forcing through the 1,5 meter waves in 25 knots is easy. The hull is excellent.", "Great visibility and easy access to the deck through the sliding doors. The Axopar 37 has an excellent helm position and the large sunroof makes it bright.", "The front cabin feels large and roomy, much thanks to the generous amount of natural light and bright colours.", "37 feet of luxury, with rib-feel.", "Sober, good looking and sporty. A potent hull with potential for crossing rough bays and open seas with dignity. An impeccable commuter for those in touch with the latest trends, and their wallets.", "I want nothing more than to continue in full throttle right out into the horizon – with a boat worthy for a demanding long-distance commuter."
Tested: Axopar 28 Cabin (More Magazine December 2015 - January 2016)
”The versatile trooper”, ”The Axopar 28’s innovative and exciting concept seeks to redefine the experience of boating, whether for recreation, sport or work tasks at sea.”, ”Although it is completely different from other comparable vessels the Axopar 28 actually is conceptually very simple, which allows for great functionality and maximum space utilization.”
READ THE FULL REVIEW (Croatian only)
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top (Moteur Boat Magazine Nr. 312 December 2015)
”The Axopar 28 T-Top is just as irresistible as the Open model. In addition to a beautiful finish and original lines, the seaworthiness of its stepped hull is simply breathtaking.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: Seaworthiness, Level of finishing, Originality of the concept. "He crosses waves without flinching; seeming almost to cut through them like a razor blade, and the response is never rough. Placed at the controls, the driver has a blast.", "Its narrowness - it measures 2.85 meters wide and almost 9 meters long – which is linked to its upright and narrow bow, its numerous strakes and its 22 ° V, gives it seakeeping characterisitcs displaying amazing smoothness.", "Very quickly, he becomes aware of the gem he has in his hands and tries in vain to catch it of guard. This boat is incredibly reliable and seems able to face any kind of seas."
READ THE FULL REVIEW (French only)
Tested: Axopar 28 Cabin Version R and Axopar 28 T-Top (Bootshandel Nr. 12 2015)
“Rarely found versatility with four models, a lot of power on the transom, and outstanding driving characteristics outlines the successful debut of the Finnish Axopar project.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 Cabin Version R and Axopar 28 T-Top: "Everything on board is very solid, has been properly constructed and is as elegant as it is functional", "Sleek and safe", "Even at high speed the waves are effectively divided by the sharp prow", "Like an upmarket sedan, with the best sound and heat insulation, the Axopar 28 cabin shoots over the grey river – with excellent visibility all around and a helm reduced to the essentials. I make a steep turn and drive back towards the main outlet and am very impressed by the grip of the narrow, speed-trimmed hull. Nothing shifts, even tight curves can be driven confidently and accurately at high speeds."
READ THE FULL BOOTSHANDEL REVIEW (German only)
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top + Mercury 350hp - (Vi Båtägare Nr. 9 2015)
“We can state that the formula is cracked: Axopar 28 + 350 horses = Maxed out love”, “Equipped with a 350 hp Mercury the hull shape comes into its own in what can only be described as a "Perfect match".”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: A ”Perfect match” with the Mercury 350 hp, Carefully engineered hull, Smart design, Sporty, good looks. “The hull balances effectively on the twin steps and going full throttle, even in waves, is a blast. The 22-degree V-bottom hull glides quite undramatically through the wake. The ride is smooth and comfortable, but also admirably quiet. Equipping the Axopar 28 with 350 horsepower is just right for those who want to drive fast, or who wish to have the capacity to do it.” BOTTOM LINE: For those who love speed and value a sporty look, and want a boat with resources, both to ride fast with and to "live" in. All at a reasonable price.
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top (BoatAdvice August/2015)
Australia's most trusted source of boat reviews BoatAdvice took the Axopar 28 T-Top for a spin. Read what they thought about the boat and watch a video review on their website.
“All round the performance is exceptional whether running into a swell and wind or cruising around a more sedate waterway.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: Innovative design, Use of space, Excellent finish. “While it may look unique, with a design that is closer to a sleek yacht than a power boat, it is also very functional with an exceptional amount of space onboard.”, “In the helm you feel immensely safe and secure, which is very reassuring for owners with kids or partners who are not so at ease on the water.”, “The purposeful design, crafty additions and clever use of space deliver a sports boat package that is immensely usable.”
"The Axopar 28 open is another boat from this highly awarded Finnish boat company. In fact they’ve won just about every boating award there is on offer and the accolades keep on coming. Boatadvice.com.au tested the 28 Open on the beautiful waters of Pittwater, an hour drive north of Sydney and we came away mightily impressed once again."
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top and Axopar 28 Cabin Version R (marina.ch Nr. 82 June/2015)
“A Scandinavian pleasure”, “The handling, which is solid and confidence inspiring at any speed, can be described with one word: excellent.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top and Axopar 28 Cabin Version R: ”The Axopar holds its course, as if on rails. Not even the slightest uncertainty can be felt. At the same time the boat follows even the smallest steering impulses - it's a real pleasure.”, “The instrumentation of the console with the height-adjustable steering wheel leaves nothing to be desired, the dashboard also convinces with a smart cut-out, which is exactly matched to an iPad.”, “The hull, which is reminiscent of a RIB with a deep V-cut and three bilge edges, gives high stiffness. It does such a good job that even driving at max speed - 80 km/h - is a pure pleasure. In all driving conditions - also in curves and crossing waves - the Axopar is extremely stable and at the same time responds excellently to steering impulses. Even beginners can easily master the boat, a bow thruster supports harbour maneuvers.”, ”The dimensions of the berth amaze with 2.0 m in length and 1.22 m in width.”, “The whole execution of the Axopar 28 is convincing: with solid handrails in the right place, rarely seen in this powerful dimensioning – up to 5 cm in diameter, with wide side decks that are comfortable to move around on, and an intelligent use of space as well as exceptional handling… What more could you want?”
Tested: Axopar 28 Open (Moteur Boat Nr. 305 May/2015)
”The Axopar 28 is astonishing in many respects. First of all because of its atypical looks, and then especially because of the seaworthiness of its hull, which is impossible to fault. Furthermore it is playful as hell and offers exceptional cornering grip.”, ”A rarely equaled driving pleasure”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 Open: Seaworthiness, Polished finish, Versatile concept. 5 stars for: Finish, Aesthetics, Driving while standing. 4 stars for: Storage space, Quality/price ratio, Performance, Driving while sitting, Moving on board. Overall Rating 4/5. ”The piloting of this boat is a treat, especially when cornering where the grip is perfect, even at very high speeds.”, ”Would this not be the ideal boat? In any case, this is undoubtedly one of our big favorites of the beginning of 2015.”
READ THE FULL REVIEW (French only)
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top - (WasserSport Nr. 6 2015)
“The boat convinces with intelligent, practical design, good quality, striking design, versatility, excellent driving characteristics even in rough conditions and a matching high fun factor”, “All this at an attractive price/performance ratio”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: “Adrenaline Machine: Axopar 28”, “The boat runs absolutely dry, the design is perfectly balanced”, “In hard turns the boat behaves as stable as a robust RIB”, “You get a boat that’s almost nine meters in length, which is a lot of boat for the money, including Rock ‘n Roll on water, a pure adrenalin rush and a broad permanent grin on the face”, “Even at 35 knots the Axopar is far from making wild goat jumps, but instead cuts through the increasingly higher seas, it is nothing short of magnificent”.
READ THE FULL WASSERSPORT REVIEW (German only)
Tested: Axopar 28 T-Top - (Skipper Nr. 5 2015)
“Pure driving pleasure”, “The Finnish Axopar developers wanted a unique product with a distinctive look. That has without a doubt been achieved here.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 T-Top: Extravagant looks, All-round appealing product quality, Sporty and safe handling in rough water, Comfortable seating position at the helm, Many thoughtfully implemented detail solutions. ”In summary, the Axopar 28 T-top which is superbly finished and equipped with clever details could be described as the absolute ”Funboat”, that really leaves its mark with the unique design”.
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Ultimate Sports Boats super test. Tested: Axopar 28 OC + Draco 27RS, XO 250 and Paragon Ranger 25 - (MBY May 2015 issue)
“When it comes down to the wire, the Axopar stands out as the most talented all-rounder of the bunch, and combines many of the best elements of the other three boats without ever feeling bland or compromised.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: “This OC version, with its excellent deck design, flawless seakeeping, punchy performance and surprisingly comfortable aft cabin and heads compartment is the cheapest boat here by quite a distance”, “The Axopar handled the rough stuff brilliantly”, “The driving environment is excellent thanks to first-class ergonomics and a perfect view out no matter if you’re sitting in the firm, supportive helm seats or using the bolster function and leaning”.
Tested: Axopar 28 Open - (Hors-Bord Magazine Nr. 61 April/May 2015)
“UNBEATABLE!”, “The formidable Axopar 28 Open breaks the codes”, “When SIMPLICITY is synonymous with EFFICIENCY!”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 Open: Quality/price ratio, Seaworthiness, Quality finishing, Design, Cockpit comfort. The Axopar 28 Open is a great discovery with excellent seaworthiness, rather simple but functional layout, really meticulous finishing and a very competitive price.
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Tested: Axopar 28 Cabin - (Venemestari Nr. 4 2015)
“Axopar 28 Cabin amazes with its price and brings new thinking to the large pilot house category”, “In fast paced driving in the surf, the Axopar 28 is one of the best boats Venemestari has ever tested”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 Cabin: Competitive price, Excellent driving characteristics, Large skylight and doors, Separate toilet area, Performance and consumption in relation to engine power and boat size. “Especially in the typical sharp, around one metre head- and following seas of the Gulf of Finland, the Axopar is right at home and traveling comfort remains excellent without having to compromise on speed”, “In the light of the numerical values the tight control of the weight, and the investments in a slender and agile hull have well borne fruit”.
Tested: Axopar 28 OC - (MBY May 2015)
“Above the performance, looks and even that awesome hull is the incredible value for money that the 28 OC demonstrates, the boat we tested coming in at £75,000 on the water with such goodies as a bowthruster and Garmin chartplotter.”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: Brilliant hull, Strong performance, Agile handling, Excellent use of space, Top notch attention to practical detail, Very good value.
Verdict: A boat that absolutely lives up to its ice-cool looks. Fast, fun, capable and practical, not to mention temptingly affordable.
Tested: Axopar 28 OC - (Vi Båtägare Nr. 3 2015)
“The daycruiser reinvented”, “It's pleasing to see that they have put their money into creating something that really stands out, while many other manufacturers make boats that are increasingly similar to each other”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: Great seakeeping characteristics, Smart interior, Stylish! “The high windscreen gives great protection”, “You could say that Axopar completely reversed the concepts of how a daycruiser looks. This solution brings several advantages. A smart solution in a fun boat”, “Once out on water the Axopar 28 OC is safe and easy to drive”, “On the plus side is the nice handling, the smart aft cabin and the easy access when getting on board both in the bow and stern”.
Tested: Axopar 28 OC - (Båt Magasinet Nr. 1 2015)
“Cool archipelago cruiser”, “Rugged, elegant and futuristic in its design”, “As an archipelago cruiser, on short, choppy waves, this boat offers an incomparable driving experience”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: Driver and passenger environment, Practical deck layout, Driving comfort. “The aft cabin solution is untraditional, but roomy and practical”, “It is easy to move around in the boat, not to mention getting on board over the bow or via the bathing platforms”, “Six solid cleats provide ample mooring facilities, and there are a number of practical storage lockers on deck, including two boxes on each side of the aft”, “Behind the driver's seat, and in front of the aft cabin, there is a couch with very comfortable seating for three with high backrest and armrests”, “All in all, the driver and passenger environment is very convenient and comfortable”.
Tested: Axopar 28 OC and Axopar 28 AC - (Båtnytt Nr. 1 2015)
“The competitively priced Axopar excels”, “Cabin boat with racing feel”, “Practical, comfortable, clean and bold”, “The AC succeeds to combine driving pleasure with practical comfort, a high future factor and a sensible price”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: Bold attitude, Protected and well thought out helm, Sporty, fun and safe handling, The design and construction of the hull. “The OC exudes bold attitude, innovation and the future”, “The high and long windscreen runs as an embracing U around the driver and passenger seats, hereby giving great protection against wind and water splashes”.
What they loved about the Axopar 28 AC: Smart aft cabin, Sliding roof, Bold attitude, The driving pleasure and playfullness, The design and construction of the hull, Exceptionally easy to drive, lively and fun. “Level of innovation is admirably high, paving the way for new customer groups”.
Tested: Axopar 28 OC - (Båtens Verden Nr. 1 2015)
“The concept is solid and represents something completely new”, “The driving position provides optimal protection from wind and bad weather”, “The boat is not only solidly built but also soft and comfortable to drive”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 OC: “We note virtually zero planing threshold, it is therefore possible to lie on plane even at low speeds”, “In the large compartment in the console there is ample space to stow necessary luggage, but there is also room for a toilet, sink and cupboard space – something the family is going to value highly”, “In the aft cabin there are reading lights, fabric on the walls, windows and two hatches. The solution is smart if you want to have the opportunity to spend the night, especially in relation to many other boats with narrow cabins in the bow, where there are problems relating to bed width”, “Such solutions, combined with a sheltered cockpit, solid build quality and spacious aft cabin, make this an exciting newcomer”.
Tested: Axopar 28 AC - (VENE Nr. 11 2014)
“The Axopar's biggest strength is its exceptional hull”, “The design brings features”, “The boat's handling is excellent even in extreme situations”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 AC: Price, Design, Driveability. “Thanks to the nonexistent planing threshold the Axopar can be run comfortably at all speeds”, “Excellent directional stability regardless of the conditions”, “Despite the affordable price the materials used in the boat are of high quality and all details have a high finish”, “The silence of the boat is also a testament of the good design and high quality of the boat”.
Tested: Axopar 28 AC - (Kippari Nr. 8 2014)
THE AXOPAR 28 AC RECEIVED THE SECOND HIGHEST RATING EVER IN THE KIPPARI MAGAZINES MORE THAN 20 YEAR HISTORY - SCANDINAVIA'S LARGEST MOTORBOAT MAGAZINE
“The sensational new Axopar 28”, “Simply magnificent handling”, “Axopar delivers on its promises”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 AC: Handling, Use of space, Aesthetics, Extensive speed range, Low sound level, Price. “The beautiful finish in the helm has not been made at the expense of functionality and visibility is excellent in all directions”, “Where heavy all-weather boats pound the waves flat, the long and light Axopar rides as if by itself from one crest to the other, softly and smoothly”, “The price is astounding because almost every random passer-by, who assumes that they know something about boats, easily guesses the price of the Axopar to be double or even more”.
Tested: Axopar 28 AC - (Vi Båtägare Nr. 6 2014)
“The Superboat”, “Bullseye”, “An adrenaline inducing hull and a great price makes the Axopar 28 AC this year’s newcomer”, “The Axopar 28 AC has something many other boats lack: That MUST-HAVE feeling”
What they loved about the Axopar 28 AC: Design, Driving pleasure, Smart spaces, Price, Great visibility, Nice aft cabin, Great hull. “The aft cabin hardly shows on the outside but has ample space for two and is an excellent place to stow bags”, “The front window remained dry in all conditions”.
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