We get the long awaited Axopar 28 OC out on the water for its first UK sea trial
No, it’s the sheer beauty and purpose of the knife-like, twin-stepped, 22-degrees-at-the-deadrise, deep vee hull.
The upright bow oozes intent, peeling down to a hard knuckle of sprayrail, which deepens and widens as it surges aft.
It’s functional art and, thankfully, in the infamous staccato chop of the Solent, its capabilities were brought right to the fore.
It cut through the crests like a finely honed blade with the punchy, four-stoke Merc providing plenty of smooth power with an astonishing lack of noise.
Thirty knots in this nasty chop felt more than comfortable as we clipped across it, landing square and soft on the odd occasion the hull did leave the water.
Part of what makes the Axopar such a joy to drive is the excellent helm position. For what is an open boat it is exceptionally sheltered and the ergonomics are as sweet as they come, no matter if you’re seated or standing with the aid of the seat bolster.
The only thing I would do is add slightly larger windscreen wipers as the ones fitted struggled to sweep much of the screen.
The steering, despite taking four turns to go from lock to lock, is weighted perfectly and makes the Axopar a dream to guide from wave to wave.
It’s also conducive in making the boat a ridiculous amount of fun to chuck into high speed, stupid circles, all for the purpose of looking good on camera.
Throttle back, kill the ignition and begin to inspect the 28 as a boat, though, and not just a play thing and it reveals a scarcely believable collection of practical attributes.