It’s probably not how Axopar wanted to introduce its new baby but at a virtual launch from a train factory in Helsinki the world got the first glimpse of the Axopar 22 Spyder.
The Axopar team freely admits that this is the most challenging model to build because of its compact dimensions and the complexity of the moulds but it’s pleasing that none of the boat’s style or stance has been lost in translation from rendering to real life.
The 22 Spyder is a small boat but it has big boat features like deep walkaround decks and a heads compartment incorporated inside the centre console.
Despite its diminutive proportions the 22 Spyder has all the functionality that we have come to expect from Axopar.
As with the Axopar 28 and 37 there is a choice of treatments for the aft deck including a transom bench, U-shaped seating with a table that converts to a sunpad and a central watersports storage compartment with seating and a sunpad on top and a toilet compartment in the console, which boosts the 22 Spyder’s dayboat credentials significantly.
The helm station looks mature and typically driver focussed; the deep, angled windscreen and pop-out flaps on either side, designed to stop the wind funneling down the decks, are notable additions.
For the watersports enthusiasts out there, the Axopar X Jobe addition adds a litany of water toys custom made to fit the boat and some funky colour schemes to go with them.
The headline news is that you can get an 22 Spyder with a 115hp Mercury outboard for less than €50,000 including VAT.
For that, you get a scaled-down version of Axopar’s excellent twin-stepped hull, deep walkaround deck spaces, and well protected seating.
Crucially, with a beam of 7ft 4in (2.23m) the Axopar 22 Spyder will comfortably fit on a road trailer.
The entry-level one is unlikely to have muscle boat performance but with the optional 175hp motor on the back, it should comfortably top 40 knots.
If Axopar has successfully managed to distill the best of its larger models into a compact 23-footer then we’re in for a real treat. This is one exciting boat that we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2021.
LOA: 23ft 2in (7.2m)
Beam: 7ft 4in (2.23m)
Engines: Single 115hp-200hp outboard
Top speed: 45 knots
Starting price: €49,000 (inc. 19% VAT)