Club Marine - Australia
Tested: Axopar 28 AC – (Club Marine – August / September 2018)
“85 Improvements for a boat that had already claimed numerous awards!”
If you happen to get a chance to drive the Axopar 28, you’ll discover what a soft-riding, sure-footed and seaworthy beast it truly is. Blink and you’ll think you’re aboard a North Sea rescue craft or military stealth vessel. Aesthetically, the Axopar is ‘out there’ when compared to the conventional flock – its appearance is definitely different. Among local buyers, though, it boasts a near 100 per cent conversion rate once it has been driven and appreciated.
|...| In other words, there are complex, multifarious design factors sequentially playing a part in the 28’s ride and handling. That they’re orchestrated in such harmony can be attributed to the hull’s heritage, which harks back to the America’s Cup arena, where Axopars served as inboard tenders. The 28 was launched in 2015, but has just undergone a major facelift. Hrones counts 85 improvements for a boat that had already claimed numerous awards. The Finnish builders have put more curve in the windscreen, the beam was increased by 100mm, the topside height raised, the dash is neater, cleats are more sleekly integrated … the list goes down to providing magazine storage and more drinkholders.