Fjord launches its first outboard powered boat – the 36 xpress
Fjord has launched an outboard-powered version of its 36 Open, the Fjord 36 xpress. With a claimed top speed of 45 knots and a versatile open cockpit, it looks like a bold attempt to steal market share from the popular Axopar 37.
Until now the Fjord 36 has only been available with Volvo Penta diesel sterndrive engines but this new 36 xpress model packs petrol-powered Mercury Verado outboard engines. Packing 350hp each and renowned for their punchy performance and refined delivery, they look like the perfect match for the Fjord hull.
Hanging the engines out back also frees up space in the cockpit for a number of different layout options. The standard specification loses the aft sunpads in favour of a large under deck locker but buyers can also opt for an extra row of seats and table to create a sociable aft dinette. A drop down pedestal and fill-in cushion converts it into a sunpad when required. Below decks the 36 express has an open cabin with a good size double bed, a small fridge and storage area at the foot of the companionway and a separate heads compartment with a pull out shower. The main galley facilities are provided by an optional wet bar in the cockpit.
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Fjord describes its new model as a premium outboard powered boat that majors on luxury and quality in an effort to put some distance between it and the Polish built Axopar 36. Time will tell if that holds true but a starting price ex tax and engines of €129,900 keeps it competitive.