Ax­opar 37 Sport Cabin

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS - Ax­opar Boats, 954-806-0316; ax­ Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

The cover draped over Ax­opar’s newest 37 Sport Cabin was in­tended to build suspense lead­ing up to her of­fi­cial de­but at the Düs­sel­dorf show. It worked. A steady throng of show-goers bumped into one an­other as some­one would in­vari­ably stop to snap a cell­phone photo, or some­one else crouched down to get a peek at what ap­peared to be the brand’s stan­dard deep-V, stepped hull. (OK, so I looked. Sue me.)

When the cover was re­moved a sleeker and, well, sportier ver­sion of the brand’s aft cabin ver­sion of the 37 was re­vealed. Her pro­file sim­ply looked ag­gres­sive; that was aided by the fact that un­like on many Ax­opars, the wind­shield was not ver­ti­cal but rather sharply raked. The de­sired ef­fect of which was to make the boat look less mil­i­taris­tic than her pre­de­ces­sors.

“We wanted to cre­ate a re­ally strong, in­stantly rec­og­niz­able DNA for our boats so it’s easy to rec­og­nize them whether you scale the line up or down,” ex­plains de­signer Jar­rko Jam­sen in his thick Fin­nish ac­cent. “We want the boats to be min­i­mal in some ways; we want every line to serve a pur­pose from the stepped hull up. We want to cre­ate a nice qual­ity feel. It’s def­i­nitely a new model, but it still has the fam­ily feel.”

In­tended to be a di­rect com­peti­tor to cen­ter con­soles in the U.S., the 37 SC has wide walka­round ac­cess, the kind where you don’t need to side­step around the cabin. The usual trade-off for such com­fort is a smaller cabin. Jam­sen was able to mit­i­gate that feel­ing.

“Boats in gen­eral have been get­ting big­ger and big­ger for their length. Ax­opars are big, but it’s a light boat, it’s ag­ile, it’s a driver’s boat,” he says. “But there’s enough in­te­rior space to spend a nice week­end on the water.”

He’s right about that. Should the weather turn snotty there is room for six guests to re­lax com­fort­ably, two sit­ting at the helm, and four around the hi-lo ta­ble that con­verts to a berth.

Be­low is a com­pact, yet cozy state­room with a dou­ble berth, small gal­ley, and seat.

The com­pany says the 37 SC will have per­for­mance to spare. Twin 300-horse­power Mer­curys should give the boat a 40-plus-knot top end while the deep-V hull should of­fer a com­fort­able ride. I for one look for­ward to putting that to the test some­time soon.

LOA: 36'9" BEAM: 10'10" DRAFT: 2'9" DISPl.: 88,000 lb. FUEL: 192 gal. WATER: 26 gal. POWER: 2/300-hp Mer­curys CRUIS­ING SPEED: 32 knots TOP SPEED: 42 knots BASE PRICE: $88,000

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