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Brief Summary

The Axopar 28 Cabin is an enclosed cabin center console with radical-looking features. The hull is designed for offshore safety and performance, with a CE rating of category B, the highest possible rating for a sub 40’ (12.19 m) boat. At 30’ (9.14 m) overall, the Axopar 28 Cabin is capable of offshore hops along the coast, providing protection from the elements, and overnighting two adults with the conversion of the cabin seating to a double berth.

Key Features

  • Two-step V-hull design
  • Center console with fully enclosed heated cabin
  • Cabin seating for 5 converts to double berth
  • Pleated fabric retractable sunroof
  • Low-profile sliding cabin doors
  • Single or double outboard engines
  • Optional aft cabin
  • Foredeck seating, dining, sun pad conversion
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 30'
    9.18 m
    Beam 9' 8"
    2.95 m
    Dry Weight 4,277 lbs.
    1,940 kg.
    Tested Weight 5,698 lbs.
    2,585 kg
    Draft 2' 8''
    .80
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 9
    Fuel Capacity 68 gal.
    257 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x Mercury Verado 250-hp
    Tested Power 2 x 200-hp Mercury
    Opt. Power 1 x Mercury Verado 350-hp

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.2 2.7 1.2 2.6 2.3 161 139.7 52
    1000 5.3 4.6 2.1 2.5 2.2 154 134.3 59
    1500 7.7 6.7 3.6 2.2 1.9 132 114.7 65
    2000 9.3 8.0 6.0 1.6 1.4 95 82.7 65
    2500 15.3 13.3 8.1 1.9 1.6 115 100.2 74
    3000 23.3 20.2 10.4 2.2 2.0 137 119.5 76
    3500 31.0 26.9 13.7 2.3 2.0 138 120.2 77
    4000 38.1 33.1 17.8 2.1 1.9 131 114.1 79
    4500 44.1 38.3 22.5 2.0 1.7 120 104.2 81
    5000 49.6 43.1 30.6 1.6 1.4 99 86.3 82
    5500 55.5 48.3 34.8 1.6 1.4 98 85.0 82
    5700 55.9 48.6 35.5 1.6 1.4 96 83.8 83
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 139.7 259 5.10 4.54 1.11 52
    1000 134.3 248 8.50 7.95 1.06 59
    1500 114.7 212 12.40 13.63 0.94 65
    2000 82.7 153 15.00 22.71 0.68 65
    2500 100.2 185 24.60 30.66 0.81 74
    3000 119.5 220 37.50 39.37 0.94 76
    3500 120.2 222 49.90 51.86 0.98 77
    4000 114.1 211 61.30 67.38 0.89 79
    4500 104.2 193 71.00 85.17 0.85 81
    5000 86.3 159 79.80 115.83 0.68 82
    5500 85.0 158 89.30 131.73 0.68 82
    5700 83.8 154 90.00 134.38 0.68 83

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.4 sec.
    0 to 30 8.7 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 13.6x21 Enertia
    Load 3 persons, 4/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 68 deg., 60 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 0

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    The Axopar 28 Cabin’s plumb bow and forefoot ride out of the water in normal underway conditions reducing drag and wetted surface.
    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    The plumb bow profile and glass enclosed-cabin are noticeable design elements of the Axopar 28 Cabin. The performance and handling are just as eye opening on closer inspection.

    Mission

    Gunkholing is an old term that references exploring along the coast into small out-of-the way places. The Axopar 28 Cabin would be a perfect vessel to accomplish this: shallow enough draft, necessities for overnighting, offshore capability for runs in open water with surprising performance, but with protection from the elements. If trips along the coast lead to a busy marina, the Axopar 28 Cabin will attract attention. Think of it as Euro-style meets practical Finnish utility.

    Distinguishing Features

      • Plumb extended bow

      • Enclosed cabin center console

      • Pleated fabric retractable sunroof

    Major Features

      • Outboard powered

      • Enclosed cabin center console

      • 2-step hull design

    Design

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    Catching a little air off a 6’ (1.83 m) wave, Captain Steve shows the bottom profile of the two-step hull.

    The design priority of the Axopar 28 Cabin was the 2-step V-hull design with plumb bow. As with any center console, the ability to comfortably walk around the exterior of the console is a requirement. This limits the interior volume for the cabin and its contents, so the design engineers had to be creative with amenities – and they were. The solution, in many cases, was to design things that could be converted from one use to another – such as converting the cabin seating to a double berth. Many builders employ this dual purpose approach but not many push the limits like Axopar – an example is locating galley items like a refrigerator and sink in non-traditional places (under the helm seats). Performance aside, these design decisions resulted in a functional boat to weekend or overnight on.

    Axopar 28 Cabin deck plan
    As with many center consoles with a head, the entrance is forward of the helm console, but unlike most other center consoles, the Axopar 28 Cabin has an enclosed cabin behind it, which can seat five facing forward or, by rearranging the seats, converts to sleeping accommodations for two.
    Axopar 28 Cabin styles
    The Axopar 28 comes in three center console styles: Open, T-Top, and Cabin (from left to right).
    Axopar 28 Cabin aft deck
    The Axopar 28 Cabin comes with a 6’8” (2.03 m) wide aft deck. A large, in-deck storage locker is standard. The boat can be optionally equipped with an on-deck storage locker with padded seat cover and bolster, or a wet bar module including a refrigerator, cooktop, and sink with faucet, or with a raised aft cabin which includes a sun pad on top.

    Construction

    Axopar is headquartered in Finland, but has an office with full-time employees overseeing construction at their facility in Poland where the boats are built. Some 750 boats of all sizes roll out of this plant each year and are distributed to the 67 dealer network worldwide.

    Axopar burst into the market in 2014 and the 28 was their first model. The onsite engineers have helped implement many tooling upgrades to the 2018 and later models, including making subtle changes to the Axopar 28 Cabin’s length (+130 mm), width (+50 mm), hull sides (+80 mm), softening the spray rails and rounding the keel shape. In addition, they beefed up the stringer system and now use the same stringers as the 37-footers.

    They’ve also improved the shape and water deflection on the bow thruster flanges, added some non-skid on deck hatches and increased the size of the service hatch on the foredeck. The wrap-around windscreen glass has been upgraded to 6 mm safety glass and tinted a light green. There have been a host of other quality improvements over previous models which shows an engaged builder looking for perfection.

    The boats are built with GRP material with Vinylester resin skin to prevent blistering. Captain Steve has inspected the fit-and-finish on our test boat and found it to be excellent.

    Boat Inspection

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    The cabin has a huge manual sunroof and unobtrusive sliding side doors. Underway at 30-plus mph into any kind of headwind, most experienced drivers will close the doors to reduce wind noise and leave the top open – much like driving a sports car with the top down.

    As we said, this is an interesting boat for several reasons, most noticeably because of her looks. Let’s face it, she’s an unusual design, but that translates into several features that make this boat a standout in her class, both at the dock and out on the water. She’s chock full of clever compromises between space and added features. But to us, the most significant factor is that this boat has an enclosed cabin, so let’s start here.

    Cabin

    Axopar 28 Cabin helm chair
    The light-filled cabin is set a little lower than the side decks, necessitating a step up and over the door sill when exiting the cabin, but the gain is 6’3” (1.91 m) of interior headroom and the ability to stand at the helm.

    The cabin is the first place where we get a glimpse of the upscale fit-and-finish on this boat. Teak is combined with carpeted decking, highlighting the premium attention to detail. Headroom is 6’3” (1.91 m) and windows are all around, including a large single piece aft window.

    Axopar 28 Cabin helm chair
    The manually opening fabric sunroof on the cabin top does have a powered option, which seems unnecessary. The boat is both NMMA certified and CE rated.

    The overhead includes LED lighting mounted to suede panels and a massive manually opening sunroof.

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The seats are all from Niroxx and upholstered in double-stitched suede with a diamond pattern.

    Inside, the grayscale color tones are part of the Brabus package upgrade, and it looks great. Starting aft, there are dual seats that combined measure 5’2” (1.58 m) wide.

    Axopar 28 Cabin batteries
    Batteries are under both seat cushions: a house battery on one side, and engine start battery on the other.
    Axopar 28 Cabin battery switches
    Battery switches are under the port seat.
    Axopar 28 Cabin aft seats
    The aft seats in the cabin have a stainless footrest that doubles as a support for the filler cushion when converting the seating to berths.

    Grab handles are at the overhead. Ahead, there’s a comfortable rail footrest and a side mount pedestal base that will accommodate a table. Storage pockets are behind the front seats.

    Axopar 28 Cabin helm seats
    With the helm seats swiveled sideways and the back seats folded down, an insert makes a double bunk.
    Axopar 28 Cabin helm seats
    The helm seats hinge forward to reveal a refrigerator (left) and sink. The bracket on the back of the fixed seat base is the mount for a teak table. The table stows under the rear seats and with the helm seats swiveled to face aft, a dining table for four is created.

    Latches to the side of the front seat allow them to tilt forward exposing a sink to starboard, and an electrically chilled cooler to port that is self-draining overboard. As we said, a clever balance between space and amenities.

    Helm

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    There is 12” (30.48 cm) between the helm seats and cabin doors to facilitate moving about the cabin.

    These forward seats continue the upscale design and upholstery and include flip-down armrests and flip-up bolsters – they can also swivel 360-degrees.

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The left side of the helm console sports a Fusion stereo and a VHF radio below a suede-covered grab handle. Above is a storage cubby with connectivity plugs and beverage holders right alongside. To the right of the VHF are trim tab and bow thruster joystick controls.
    Axopar 28 Cabin foot rest
    The ergonomics of the helm, with an angled footrest to the tilt wheel and all controls within reach from a seated position, are superb.

    At the helm panel, there’s a 12” (30.48 cm) Garmin display and a 7” (17.78 cm) Mercury SmartCraft display. All the electrical switches are spread out just below and all are lit when activated. The Mercury digital throttle and shift (DTS) engine controls is to the right of the wheel. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base and wrapped in the same suede upholstery as the rest of the cabin area, even including a branded suede center insert.

    Axopar 28 Cabin joystick
    The joystick trim tab control is the most logical we’ve seen since it is a single joystick.
    Axopar 28 Cabin windshield
    The rounded windshield is forward-raked to knock down glare. There’s also an 8” (20.32 cm) overhang, with wipers tucked under, providing additional shading to the helm.

    The windshield wraps around and back to the doors to both sides. There are two mullions to the sides that do not hamper visibility. More importantly, the curved sections produce zero distortion. We see nothing but clear visibility.

    Stern

    Axopar 28 Cabin storage box
    Our test boat had the optional storage box with seat pad and bolster behind the single-pane aft window of the cabin.

    A convenient grab rail is just under the overhang of the roof. A cushion and a padded bolster over the storage box translate into aft-facing seating. Underneath the snap-on cushions is storage.

    Axopar 28 Cabin wet bar
    An optional raised aft cabin in place of a storage box or wet bar is accessed behind the guest seats in the main cabin. When the ventilation/escape hatch is closed, a sun pad fits on top.
    Axopar 28 Cabin aft deck
    The aft deck measures 3’ x 6’8” (.91 m x 2.03 m) behind the deck storage box and is self-draining. To both sides are self-draining storage compartments with hatches finished on both sides and held up with gas struts. As they’re insulated, they can also serve as coolers and are available with optional refrigeration.
    Axopar 28 Cabin storage
    The storage compartment in the middle of the aft deck has access panels for fuel filters and water separators.

    Under the deck is still more storage measuring 4’2” by 2’3” (1.27 m x .69 m). It’s big enough for skis and boards as the forward section continues under the deck for a length of 6’4” (1.93 m). The hatch includes a gas support strut and is finished on both sides.

    Axopar 28 Cabin stern
    The stern has staple rails with integrated angles. We can lift them out to open the area up for swimming, fishing, or maintenance. Being reversible, they can provide more room on the aft deck, or be positioned for tilting the engines out of the water. A ski tow arch is also an option.
    Axopar 28 Cabin outboard
    Our test boat had a pair of Mercury 200-hp 4-strokes connected by a tie bar – the largest power the boat is designed for. The standard boat comes with a single 225-hp engine.
    Axopar 28 Cabin cover
    The flip-up cover on top of the Mercury outboards makes checkpoints easily accessible and if needed a handle lifts to facilitate removing the cowl.
    Axopar 28 Cabin swim platform
    To both sides are 3’1” (.94 m) swim platforms covered in Esthec non-skid matting. A retractable reboarding ladder is to port.

    Sidedecks

    Axopar 28 Cabin side decks
    The sidedecks are wide enough for walk-around space, and close enough to the helm to accommodate single-handed tie-ups on the amidships cleat.

    Thirty-two inch (81.28 cm) wide sliding doors to both sides provide access from the cabin to the sidedecks.

    Axopar 28 Cabin rails
    The black rails on the cabin top, cabin door, and on top of the cap rail are part of the Brabus package upgrade.

    Moving forward there are grab handles to the cabin side and a rail along the cabin rooftop. The sidedecks measure in at 14” (35.56 cm), the bulwarks come up 24” (60.96 cm), and the rails top out at 29” (73.66 cm).

    Bow

    Axopar 28 Cabin bulwark
    The bulwark at the forward end of the side deck has speakers and cup holders to both sides. The head door has a blacked out window and a metal vent cap overhead.
    Axopar 28 Cabin bow
    The bow features a social zone that consists of an L-shaped bench seat to port that continues across the bow.

    The bow settee’s Silverstone upholstery is part of the premium upgrade package. A table adds to the area’s functionality and dual grab handles are to the starboard side of the table. With the bench only to one side, we have access to the foredeck while maintaining fixed seating – again, a clever balance of functionality and amenities.

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The bow rails start at a height of 5” (12.70 cm) and increase to 9” (22.86 cm) at the working end of the bow.

    Nine inch (22.86 cm) padded bolsters serve as backrests and wrap all the way around the bow.

    Naturally, there’s storage under the seats that includes dedicated storage for the table and pedestals.

    Axopar 28 Cabin sun pad
    The pedestal table on the bow drops down on shorter legs to form part of the base for the filler cushion to turn the bow into a sun pad.
    Axopar 28 Cabin hatch
    Under the deck hatch there’s access to the power steering pump, the bow thruster, and the boat’s black water holding tank.
    Axopar 28 Cabin shore power
    Here’s an unusual location for a 120V shore power connection.
    Axopar 28 Cabin bow cover
    An optional bow cover adds protection to the area when not in use.

    Ground Tackle

    Axopar 28 Cabin controls
    The controls for the Side-Power windlass are on the deck just below Captain Steve’s hand.
    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The anchor locker hatch opens with a turn-and-lock latch. It’s held open with a gas assist strut. Captain Steve would like to see the hatch finished on the underside to match the fit-and-finish of the rest of the boat.

    Inside is a Side-Power windlass. The polished stainless 16.53 lb. (7.5 kg) plow anchor rides in a recessed stainless-steel roller that extends beyond the stem and allows the hatch to be closed when deployed. Controls for the windlass are right alongside the hatch and to starboard. Two 8” (20.32 cm) cleats are to the sides and under the elevated rails.

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    At the front of the deck house, the hatch to the head opens on a lift-and-lock latch and is held open with a magnetic catch. There’s a tinted window in the door, allowing natural light inside.
    Axopar 28 Cabin
    We can swing the door closed for privacy with the grab handle on the right.

    Inside the head compartment is accessed via two 14” (35.56 cm) steps. The compartment includes 4’2” (1.27 m) of overhead clearance and 2’11” (.89 m) of sitting headroom and there’s a vent at the top. There are mirrors on the aft bulkhead and storage over to port.

    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The toilet package upgrades the toilet to a freshwater electric flush with macerator.

    There are circuit breakers, along with the activation switch for the fresh water pump, protected by a plexi panel. To starboard there’s a solid surface counter with a sink recessed into it with contemporary fixtures. Plumbing access is underneath. Our test boat’s porcelain toilet includes an electric flush. Wood is all veneer with faux teak decking.

    World Cat 280CC-X
    Behind the mirrors, a panel opens to provide access to the back of the helm panel to ease service and installation of electronics.

    Performance

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    Flat water was satisfactory for initial testing, but Captain Steve couldn’t wait to get the Axopar 28 Cabin offshore.
    Axopar 28 Cabin
    The Axopar 28 Cabin proved itself offshore. With all of the changes to the 2018 and later models, the boat now has a CE category B rating, the highest rating for a boat under 40’ (12 m).

    The Axopar 28 Cabin has a LOA of 30’ (9.18 m), a beam of 9’8” (2.95 m), and a draft of 2’8” (.80 m). With an empty weight of 4,277 lbs. (1,940 kg), 90% fuel, and three people and test power onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 5,698 lbs. (2,585 kg).

    With the twin 200-hp Mercury engines turning 13.6 x 21 Enertia props and run up to 5700 rpm, our speed topped out at just under 56 mph. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 31 mph. It was at that speed that the 13.7 gph fuel burn translated into 2.3 mpg and a range of 138 miles, all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 68-gallon (257 L) total fuel capacity.

    Axopar 28 Cabin deadrise
    The deadrise of 22-degrees aft helps the Axopar 28 Cabin run with a more bow up attitude.

    We got on plane in 4.4 seconds with a 7-degree bow rise aided by her twin stepped hull. We continued accelerating to 20 mph in 6 seconds, and 30 came and went in 8.7 seconds.

    Acceleration

      Time to plane: 4.4 seconds

      Zero to 20 mph: 6 seconds

      Zero to 30 mph: 8.7 seconds

    Handling

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    The Axopar 28 Cabin is an excellent handling boat and a blast to drive.

    Her plumb bow really extends the keel further forward so there’s very little slide in the turn. She comes around smartly, offering zero prop ventilation, and maintains her grip for a good acceleration as she straightens out. And it didn’t take long to figure that adding power in the turn tightens it up nicely with no loss of traction.

    During normal running, her plumb bow is mostly out of the water. However, when running through seas, it’s a vastly different story. Then the bow should be fully engaged in making clean slices through the waves. We needed to see for ourselves, so offshore we went.

    Axopar 28 Cabin seas
    The long bow came into play in rough head-sea conditions slicing through waves.

    As soon as we got into some heavier conditions, roughly 4 to 6 footers (1.22 m to 1.83 m). We knew this was something different. She really showed good characteristics in heavy seas. If we pushed, we could get her to pound but it didn’t take long to find that sweet spot in each direction where she was most comfortable.

    Axopar 28 Cabin running
    It is not always easy to find a boat that handles well going both into waves and running before them. Captain Steve liked the Axopar 28 Cabin whichever way it pointed.

    In following seas, we let her rip. The sharp entry cuts right through with no hint of stuffing the bow. Even when the boat gets buried in the trough she makes her way through.

    In head seas, she’ll explode right through the waves or possibly catch air between the waves. At the right speed, she’ll just skip along and remain fairly flat, letting the bow do its work.

    With beam seas, she’s also comfortable and easily accepts more power.

    Axopar 28 Cabin waves
    Down but not out, the Axopar 28 Cabin plays in the trough of a wave.

    Equipment Discussion

    Standard equipment includes

      • Mercury 225-hp

      • Toilet package

      • Bow thruster

      • LED lighting

      • Windlass

      • Shorepower 120V with 20ah charger (US)

      • Side rails

      • Trim tabs

      • Freshwater system 12 gallon (45 L) tank

      • Shower on aft deck

      • Table in cabin, teak

      • Table on bow, Esthec

      • Targa arch with roof rails

      • Garmin VHF

      • Garmin Sonar module

      • Fusion entertainment system

      • Garmin chartplotter

      • Sunbrella Harbor cover for foredeck

    Price

    Base price: $132,322

    Optional Equipment

    The boat is available in several premium paint, decking, and upholstery packages, Silvertex, Version R, and Brabus. East Coast Yacht Sales, the Axopar dealers from Maine to Maryland told us that most people are ordering the boats with bigger single engines, cabin heaters, and the aft cabin, while Florida boats tend to be ordered with the two-engine option and A/C. For import reasons, dealers are adding some options, like trailers and A/C stateside.

    Engine Options

      • Mercury Verado 300-HP upgrade ($4,950)

      • Mercury Verado 350-HP upgrade ($10,555)

      • Twin 200-HP Merc upgrade ($17,525)

    Custom engine options are available upon request.

    Axopar 28 Cabin tow arch
    For water skiing or tubing, the Axopar 28 Cabin can be equipped with a tow arch.

    Other Options

      • Webasto cabin heater ($3,770)

      • Rod holders for Targa arch ($1,326)

      • Electrical Webasto sunroof system ($2,444)

      • Waterski tow arch ($689)

      • Walnut wood floor in cabin ($702)

      • Refrigerator in aft port storage ($1,027)

      • Anti-fouling paint ($1,742)

      • A/C with inverter ($9,200)

      • Aft deck bench with stowage ($1,976)

      • Wet bar aft ($2,704)

      • Cooktop for wet bar ($572)

      • DayCruiser aft cabin ($5,326)

    Observations

    This boat was really a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. Our first take was that she’s certainly an unusual design. But once we stepped aboard, we were impressed with her fit-and-finish. As we started to explore, we were impressed by the balance between available space and functionality. Once we got her out on the water, her handling had us hooked. This boat has a lot to offer and is sure to attract many more in the same way.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Axopar 28 Cabin (2019-) is 55.9 mph (90 kph), burning 35.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 134.37 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Axopar 28 Cabin (2019-) is 31.0 mph (49.9 kph), and the boat gets 2.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.98 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 138 miles (222.09 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Mercury.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Wet bar Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard

    Warranty

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