WE SAY The Axopar 24 is lean, low and rakish with a distinctly sharp-edged military look. The designer clearly drew with Transformer movies in mind, from the plumb stem to the multiple strakes and twin steps underwater. The Axopar 24 TT (T-top) has the shape of a lawn dart: pointy at the front, wide at the back, and just over 8 feet of beam for its 24-foot length overall.
The 24 TT is all about seating: three seats aft with high backrests like amusement park rides, helm and companion singles, and wraparound bowrider seating. Between the bow and helm under the windscreen is a pair of bench-style seats that double as berths if you’re planning to camp under the stars. A head is optional, but it’s parked dead center with no privacy; turn up the stereo and look away when someone needs it. Must be a Finnish thing.
Running? Simply put, this is a great sea boat. All those strakes keep it on track, its hull softened lumpy swells, and that plumb bow diced water and threw it aside. With a couple of big seas at full throttle, I thought uh-oh, but nothing happened — it was smooth.
The power choices are limited: The Axopar is only available with a single Mercury Verado 200 outboard (no options), an engine that helped us top out at just under 45 mph, a respectable speed. The boat looks like it could handle twins, but don’t even think about bolting twins on a big transom bracket and shouting
WHO’D WANT ONE Boaters seeking fun, function and unique style.
ANOTHER CHOICE This is difficult because there’s nothing like the Axopar that we’ve seen, except possibly moreexpensive boats designed as yacht tenders.
BOTTOM LINE $70,000; axoparboats.com