ON TEST: Axopar 45, the new 14m multi-purpose boat

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Axopar 45 XC

Axopar 45 XC

The Finnish Axopar boatyard is among the 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe according to the Financial Times. The Axopar 45 XC Cross Cabin was unveiled in Palma de Mallorca, where the yard held a grand event. As we told you here, the Axopar 45 is one of the most anticipated boats of 2022 and we tested it at the launch. You can find the full test in Motor Boats No.25, if you don’t want to miss it subscribe now at this link.

Axopar 45 XC Cross Cabin

Aboard the XC Cross Cabin version with the central cabin fully enclosed you can see the yard’s own philosophy of modularity. In this case the boat offers a completely open cockpit, without anything inside. The owner can envisage during customization an optional U-shaped sofa, or a sundeck under which to have either an XL stowage locker or an aft cabin with a transom window. From the empty cockpit to certain details (in the bathroom, for example), one can see that the boat we tested is a prototype.

Axopar 45 XC - Cabin

Axopar 45 XC – Cabin

Apart from this, however, the whole is largely in line with expectations. The most innovative area is the central saloon with two sliding doors on each side. Opening them transforms the helm station or aft dinette into an open, liveable space. The same goes for the roof made up of a double sliding curtain that allows the boat to be well ventilated, including the interior wet bar with refrigerator, sink, worktop and hob (optional).

In the middle of the boat, on the outside, there are two folding balconies that arise from the need to create a livable outdoor space without structurally compromising the boat.

Axopar 45 XC Cross Cabin at sea

In terms of performance, this Axopar 45 aims to be one of the most ‘eco’ 14m boats of the market. In fact, it is powered by three Mercury V8 300 Verado outboard engines that, combined with a lightweight hull – thanks to the infusion lamination method – allow

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