Brabus Shadow 800

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While rel­a­tively un­known in the U.S., Brabus is a house­hold name in both Europe and Asia. Founded by en­tre­pre­neur and auto en­thu­si­ast Bodo Buschmann, the com­pany spe­cial­izes in tak­ing lux­ury cars and cus­tomiz­ing each to meet a dis­cern­ing client’s needs. For ex­am­ple, if you want your Mercedes-Benz CLSClass to reach speeds of 225.2 miles per hour, you bring it to Brabus and they’ll soup it up for you. (Yes, that re­ally hap­pened.)

So, the Brabus Shadow 800 by Ax­opar is ex­actly what you think it would be, a spe­cial­ized Ax­opar of which only 20 will be made. Built on the proven hull of the Fin­nish com­pany’s 37 Sun Top, the boat is filled with de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing touches crafted by Brabus.

As the curtain was yanked off the an­gu­lar new Ax­opar to the sound of re­ver­ber­at­ing ap­plause in the con­ven­tion hall of the DŸs­sel­dorf boat show, it was im­me­di­ately clear that this was one, err, 20 of a kind. The black paint scheme, dark car­bon fiber ev­ery­where and rich red leather made it clear this boat was built to per­form.

Ax­opar founder Jan-Erik Vi­itala agreed with that as he walked past its twin 400-horse­power Ver­a­dos. “Bodo bought an Ax­opar 37 as a chase boat for his big­ger yacht and loved the han­dling of the boat, the per­for­mance and the ap­pear­ance. He’s an en­tre­pre­neur who spe­cial­izes in en­hanc­ing beau­ti­ful things. This was a nat­u­ral part­ner­ship.”

Vi­itala pre­dicts that for many own­ers in the Balearics the 37 will be a sec­ond boat, to be used as a ten­der. “It’s called a shadow be­cause [for many] it’s go­ing to be a chase boat that follows in the shadow of a su­pery­acht,” he says. With a cruis­ing speed of 40 knots and a top end

over 50 knots, it’s likely to out­run any moth­er­ship, and with a low free­board it will get you closer to the wa­ter than most boats in its cat­e­gory. It’s equally adept as a day boat or week­end cruiser, com­plete with three sep­a­rate so­cial spa­ces (aft, amid­ships and in the bow).

Af­ter stand­ing at the helm and day­dream­ing about blast­ing from Florida to the Ba­hamas, I fi­nally poked my head into what I was sure was go­ing to be a tight cuddy of a for­ward cabin. The space was sur­pris­ingly large and un­sur­pris­ingly luxurious. A sit­ting area, head, gal­ley and dou­ble berth all en­sconced in dark leather made the space wel­com­ing. The 42-inch TV and cus­tom lighting quickly turned the cabin from a sleep­ing space to a first-class cin­ema.

Ex­clu­sive­ness. That’s what Vi­itala wants this se­ries to ex­ude, and the 800 did as we stepped off to let the gath­er­ing crowd of gawk­ers climb aboard. De­spite this, the boat is priced com­pet­i­tively at $490,000.

Be­cause the 800 Shadow has the per­for­mance this brand is known for plus lux­ury cus­tom fea­tures, I don’t think it will stay in the shad­ows for very long. —Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

LOA: 36'9" BEAM: 10'10" DRAFT: 2'9" DISPL. (ap­prox.): 7,910 lb. FUEL: 192 gal. STAN­DARD POWER: 2/400-hp Mer­cury Ver­ado 400R CRUISE SPEED: 40 knots TOP SPEED: 52 knots PRICE: $490,000

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