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2021 Axopar 22

The Axopar 22 is a multipurpose vessel with stylish looks.

October 8, 2021
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Axopar 22 running in the bay
The bluff deck deflects spray. Courtesy Axopar

Overview

Axopar, Finnish builder of Boating’s 2020 Boat of the Year, the Axopar 28 Cabin, invited me to test its latest: the Axopar 22.

When it comes to styling, traditional is my default setting, but I like this one’s sharp lines. The slightly reversed bow is all the rage in Europe, where I am based, and I love the bluff deck overhang forward that deflects spray. Beyond the center console, there is plenty of seating, a table and a sun pad, plus toy and decal options.

Axopar 22 in profile
Power options include a 115 hp or 200 hp Mercury outboard. Courtesy Axopar

Engine

Two versions are available: Spyder or T-top, each pre-rigged for single 115 to 200 hp Mercury outboard power. Our open test boat sported a 200, and with just two aboard, it easily topped 40 knots. At a fast cruise of 33 mph, the ultimate range with that engine would be 204 miles, but the optimal cruise is a just over the hump and approaching 22 mph, at which the theoretical range spins out to just over 240 miles. The twin-stepped hull handles beautifully too—just enough roll into the turns and no nasty snags.

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Axopar 22 helm
There’s room for additional electronics at the helm. Courtesy Axopar

Interior and Accessories

This end of the market is price-sensitive, but Axopar has positioned itself well. With a usual set of sail-away extras and those 200 horses, our test boat would have priced out at $76,601 excluding taxes. For comparison, the same boat with the smallest 115 hp Mercury would list for $68,464. The standard specification includes a bare deck, the bridge console, and both pilot and co-pilot seats that adjust back and forth, as well as a bare bench seat aft.

Axopar 22 helm seating
Helm seats adjust back and forth. Courtesy Axopar

Normally, comments about what-if preferences ring hollow. It’s never real unless you’re the one prepared to part with the folding stuff. But this time, I’m seriously considering getting a new runabout, and one of these Axopar 22s might do me nicely. Key extras for me would include max power, a 12-inch chart plotter, the dual-battery setup, two-piece pulpit hardware, and an extra-large T-top, plus a full set of cushions and the electric freshwater flushing head. COVID-19-related supply-chain issues preclude publishing these accessory prices at press time.

Axopar 22 bow seating
The bow is a great place to catch a ride. Courtesy Axopar

At any rate, add this boat to your list if you’re in the market for an efficient, good-riding, multipurpose vessel powered by a single outboard.

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Axopar 22 cockpit seating
Cockpit seating is comfortable. Courtesy Axopar

How We Tested

  • Engine Single 200 hp Mercury
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/3-blade
  • Gear Ratio: 1.85:1 Fuel Load: 60 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.

High Points

  • Handrail rings the deck.
  • Windshield adjusts from near vertical to fully raked by twisting knobs on each side of the console.
  • Cavernous locker under the aft deck will accommodate a life raft.

Low Points

  • Pilot and co-pilot seats feel a little too low, and there’s no height adjustment.
  • Could do with a grab rail for the co-pilot.

Toughest Competitor

Scout Boats’ 215 LXF ($68,742 base) offers either Mercury or Yamaha power, mixes great utility with luxury, and offers traditional lines and a nonstepped hull compared to the double-stepped Axopar’s striking profile.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $68,464 (base)
LOA: 23’7″
Beam: 7’4″
Draft: 2’8″
Displacement (approx., no engine): 2,756 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 17 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 4’2″
Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.
Max Horsepower: 200
Available Power: Single Mercury outboard to 200 hp.

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Axopar 22 performance data chart
Axopar 22 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Axopar – Helsinki, Finland; axopar.fi

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