European Powerboat of the Year 2016
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.