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Brief Summary

The Axopar 37 Sun-Top is a center console designed for cruising that can be enjoyed as a day boat or, with her forward cabin double berth, as an overnighter. She also has an optional aft cabin that could increase berth space to four adults. The 37 Sun Top has the highest CE certification possible in a sub 40’ (12.19 m) boat, Category B Ocean rated. Her performance in open waters and extended overnight capability make her a coastal cruiser to consider.

Key Features

  • Center console
  • Twin 350-hp (optional) Mercury outboards
  • Hardtop with retractable canvas sunroof
  • Forward cabin with dual berth, head, and mini-galley
  • Fixed foredeck sun pad/chaise
  • Optional aft cabin for 2
  • CE Category B Ocean rating
  • 2-step V-hull
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 36' 9''
    11.20 m
    Beam 10' 10''
    3.30 m
    Dry Weight 7,910 lbs.
    3,588 kg
    Tested Weight 10,211 lbs.
    4,632 kg
    Draft 2' 9''
    .85 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 10
    Fuel Capacity 192 gal.
    727 L
    Water Capacity 40 gal.
    151 L
    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 Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x Mercury 350-hp
    Opt. Power Mercury 300 Hp rig, twin engine, inc. Vesselview 7" (WHITE)
    Mercury 350 Hp rig, twin engine, inc. Vesselview 7"
    Mercury 350 Hp rig, twin engine, inc. Vesselview 7"

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.7 3.2 1.3 2.8 2.4 485 421.9 0
    1000 5.8 5.0 2.5 2.3 2.0 401 348.6 0
    1500 8.3 7.2 4.0 2.1 1.8 356 309.9 0
    2000 9.9 8.6 6.9 1.4 1.2 248 215.6 0
    2500 14.7 12.8 10.2 1.4 1.3 250 217.6 0
    3000 21.8 18.9 13.4 1.6 1.4 280 243.9 0
    3500 28.9 25.1 17.9 1.6 1.4 280 243.3 0
    4000 36.0 31.3 22.4 1.6 1.4 278 241.7 0
    4500 40.7 35.4 27.0 1.5 1.3 260 226.5 0
    5000 46.2 40.2 34.4 1.3 1.2 232 201.8 0
    5500 50.9 44.3 46.3 1.1 1.0 190 165.2 0
    6000 57.1 49.6 61.9 0.9 0.8 159 138.5 0
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 421.9 781 6.00 4.92 1.19 0
    1000 348.6 645 9.30 9.46 0.98 0
    1500 309.9 573 13.40 15.14 0.89 0
    2000 215.6 399 15.90 26.12 0.60 0
    2500 217.6 402 23.70 38.61 0.60 0
    3000 243.9 451 35.10 50.72 0.68 0
    3500 243.3 451 46.50 67.76 0.68 0
    4000 241.7 447 57.90 84.79 0.68 0
    4500 226.5 418 65.50 102.21 0.64 0
    5000 201.8 373 74.40 130.22 0.55 0
    5500 165.2 306 81.90 175.26 0.47 0
    6000 138.5 256 91.90 234.32 0.38 0

    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.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.9 sec.
    0 to 30 8.6 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19 P 4blade Revolution
    Load 2 persons, 1/3 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 82 deg., 74 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 0

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The performance and handling of the Axopar 37 Sun-Top is among the best we’ve tested.

    Mission

    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top is a versatile day cruiser with offshore and overnight capability. Designed for performance and handling, the 37 Sun-Top will appeal to boaters seeking the relaxation of sunbathing, the thrill of watersports, or the allure of cruising with friends and family.

    Distinguishing Features

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The distinctive bow and ladder-like hardtop supports of the Axopar 37 Sun-Top warrant a closer look.

      • Plumb bow and raised forefoot

      • Manual retractable fabric sunroof

    Major Features

      • 2-step V-hull

      • Twin outboards

      • Hardtop

      • Fixed foredeck sun pad/chaise

      • Forward cabin with double berth

    Design

    Axopar 37 Sun Top profile
    Simple design can be elegant and weight-saving. Modest freeboard allows for sitting headroom in the cabin and streamlined mechanicals help keep weight down.

    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top’s most notable design element is its 2-step V-hull with a 20-degree deadrise aft and axe bow up front. On this hull, Axopar offers four configurations: the T-top, the Sun-Top, the Cabin, and the Sports Cabin.

    Our test boat was the Sun-Top model.

    The low clearance of the Sun-Top’s overhangs was one of the few design issues we had with the boat. Axopar has addressed the clearance issue by introducing their Brabus Trim option, which provides a clearance of 6’5” (1.95 m). Brokers have told us that ninety percent of new boats are being ordered with this option.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top deck plan
    The maximum beam of 10’10” (3.30 m) is all the way aft.

    Axopars are curious looking wedge-shaped boats with the maximum beam aft and axe bows with raised forefoots. They are designed by a Finnish company and built in a Polish factory with full-time Axopar employees overseeing engineering and quality.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top aft deck
    The aft deck between the engines and passenger seats has in-deck storage as standard. An optional wet bar (center) or optional Day Cruiser aft cabin (right) with sun pad on top are available.

    The offshore performance orientation of the hull and her attention-getting looks are not the only surprise in this design. Her empty weight of 7,910 lbs. (3,588 kg) is roughly 40% less than comparably sized center consoles.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top has jump-up acceleration and can catch air in the right conditions. It doesn’t hurt having 700-hp of Mercury outboards cranking along behind.

    The hull design certainly contributes to fuel efficiency and handling. However, priority to performance over interior volume places the Axopar 37 Sun-Top in a completely different weight category than comparably sized center consoles. The beam is narrower than most center consoles in this size range by almost 2’ (.61 m). This creates less drag, but the real bonus is less weight onboard.

    The equipment inventory is carefully curated - no big inboards, or for that matter the quad outboards that most Americans lust for. There is an optional genset, but not a standard one, nor a SeaKeeper, nor a full galley. The cabin is modest, with sitting headroom limiting weight.

    Lacking all that furniture, weight, and beam to carry around, the boat manages a nifty 57.1 mph WOT. As we have said in our previous Axopar reviews, Euro-style meets Finnish utility.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top profile
    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top would make a beautiful tender for a super yacht.

    Construction

    No exotic materials are employed in the construction of the Axopar 37 Sun-Top to keep weight down, just the tried and true E-glass over Corecell foam with a vinylester resin topcoat construction. Other design choices like a manual canvas sunroof rather than a mechanized hardtop keep CG low and the formula simple. Yes, options can be added, but the core of the boat is intentionally simple.

    Comparison

    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top is lighter and narrower than comparably sized center consoles, which explains some of her performance advantages.

    Weight Comparison

      Traditional CC Displacement: 13,400 lbs. (6,079 kg)

      Axopar 37 Sun-Top Displacement: 7,910 lbs. (3,588 kg)

      Difference: 5,490 lbs. (2,491 kg)

      % Difference: 41% 41%

    Most center consoles in this size range typically have 12’ to 13’ (3.66 m to 3.96 m) beams.

    The 10’10” (3.30 m) beam of the Axopar 37 Sun-Top is nearly 15% narrower.

    Boat Inspection

    Sun-Top

    Axopar 37 Sun Top sun roof
    Captain Steve slides back the manually operated canvas sunroof.

    On the 37 from Axopar, the ST stands for Sun-Top, and that feature adds protection to the entire center of the boat. It includes a large sliding canvas sunroof that opens manually. The Brabus trim package comes with a mechanized opening top.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top canvas sun roof
    The retractable canvas sunroof equates to driving a sports car with the top down.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top led lighting
    The underside is partially upholstered and includes LED lighting.

    Beefy supports that double as ladders leave 18” (45.72 cm) of side deck space.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top height
    In recognition of the limited overhead of the 37 Sun-Top overhangs, Axopar has made the aft end hinged to provide more clearance, or offers the Brabus Trim package which increases the overhead to 6’5” (1.95 m).

    Use caution at the overhangs on either end as it tops out there at 5’8” (1.73 m) above the deck.

    Passenger Seating

    Axopar 37 Sun Top seats
    Under the hardtop, and down a 4” (10.16 cm) step from the side decks is the passenger seating area.

    Inside, four seats line the aft section of the space. Armrests are to the outboard side of the two end seats. Plush upholstery has double-stitched diamond quilting.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top seat storage
    Underneath the seats is storage, with the main battery switches on the right.

    Ahead is an expandable solid wood table.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top grab handle
    Captain Steve indicates the area he’d like to see a grab handle added to the overhead of the sun top. Note how the aft overhang of the top is hinged up for additional clearance over the optional wet bar behind the passenger seats.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top helm seats
    The helm seats reverse and the table hinges open to create a social area under the sun top.

    The helm seats in front can swivel around to join the gathering at this table. The table is on adjustable pedestals and can be lowered to serve as a sun pad by adding a filler cushion. A deck hatch has pedestal bases to support the lowered table, and those pedestals store right inside the compartment. To the sides, the bulwarks come up 22” (22.88 cm) and the rails top out at 27” (68.58 cm).

    Helm

    Axopar 37 Sun Top helm sole
    The helm sole is recessed below the side deck level.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top step up
    To enter the helm area, step up and over the sill from the side deck and down two steps to the helm sole.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top console
    Captain Steve demonstrates the high console height when standing at the helm.

    The helm station is down a 6” (15.24 cm) and 13” (33.02 cm) step and that makes for a high console. A flip-down step or platform in front of the wheel would be nice.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top console
    At the top of the console is a compass in line with the wheel. Two 12” (30.48 cm) Garmin displays flank a Mercury 7” (17.78 cm) SmartCraft engine display.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top plugs
    Just below is a remarkably convenient cubby running the length of the panel. It’s self-draining and includes connectivity plugs at the end.

    Beverage holders are to port but they’re small so a typical water bottle doesn’t fit. Electrical switches are in a conveniently located cluster. Another set of beverage holders are to starboard. Back to the left is the Fusion stereo.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top wheel
    Captain Steve adjusts the wheel and inspects the ergonomics of the helm. The three helm seats with the driver in the middle position line up fine.

    The wheel is mounted to a tilt base. The digital throttle and shift (DTS) control binnacle is mounted at a nearly vertical angle.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top bow thruster
    The bow thruster control is right over a joystick for the trim tabs - the most convenient tab controller we’ve seen.

    Further to the right is the VHF, the ignitions, and the VHF remote speaker. Below the wheel are storage pockets. A long rail serving as a footrest lines the bottom of the console. Standing and leaning against the bolstered helm chair, the top of the windshield frame is just above line of sight.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top helm seats
    The helm seats adjust fore and aft on slides and have individual flip armrests and bolsters.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top sole
    The picture shows the cockpit sole between the wheel and the helm chairs. Crew leans in from the side deck and brace their hand on the footrest rail. A hatch below the helm seat is his focus as it provides access to the 192-gallon (727 L) fuel tank, fuel lines, and vents.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top fuel tank
    Stretch out for a peek inside and see the vented loop.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top windshield
    The top of the windshield frame cleverly ends in a grab handle for assistance in and out of the helm.

    Forward visibility is excellent through the 29” (73.66 cm) high single-piece windshield.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top details
    Thoughtful touches such as terminating the side rails around the midship cleat allow for easy boarding and tie-ups.

    Stern

    Axopar 37 Sun Top wet bar
    Our test boat came with the optional wet bar in front of the in-deck storage.

    To the stern, there’s open deck space 7’8” x 4’2” (2.34 m x 1.27 m). Deck drains lead directly overboard.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top storage
    The aft in-deck storage has an access panel on the aft end below the center support to access engine rigging and filters.

    Hatches in the deck open to expose cavernous storage compartments measuring 21” (53.34 cm) x 41” (104.14 cm) with an under deck extension that runs 81” (205.74 cm) ahead. The lines and fenders are supplied with the boat.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top bilge pump
    The insulated storage on the port quarter houses a CE required manual bilge pump.

    To the sides are two more storage compartments. One or both can be insulated.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top shower
    The aft deck has a pull-out freshwater shower head just forward of the port quarter storage locker. The shower is a standard feature.

    Just ahead is a wet bar/refreshment center. The top is covered in Esthec nonskid, an option for all the decking as well.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top wet bar
    Underneath the wet bar cover is prep space, a sink, and more counter space that can accommodate an electric grill. Below is storage on each side of a refrigerator.
    Axopar 37 Sun Top rails
    Staple rails are removable for access to the service deck in front of the engines or the swim platforms to either side. We can see the deck drains to both sides below the Esthec nonskid.

    The angled staple rails can be reversed to provide either more cockpit space or room to tilt the engines out of the water.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top walk space
    To the sides of the optional wet bar, there are 20” (50.80 cm) of walk space.

    Further aft there is a swim platform that comes out 3’2” (5.08 cm) covered in more of the Esthec nonskid that continues across a service deck ahead of the engines. The port swim platform has a retractable four-step reboarding ladder.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top aft cabin
    Replacing the wet bar is another option for the aft deck, the $5,252 Day Cruiser aft cabin which sleeps two and has a sun pad to fit on top.

    Cabin

    Axopar 37 Sun Top gas strut
    A gas strut assists in opening the companionway hatch to the forward cabin.

    The cabin is accessed from a door to the port side of the helm. Inside is a brightly lit cabin with sitting and sleeping areas.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top cabin
    The light-bathed cabin has a galley cabinet on the left that opens to reveal a sink. A gas hob is a $715 option. A drop down privacy curtain for the berth is standard.

    The berth measures 78” (198.12 cm) long x 41” (104.14 cm) at the head, and 61” (154.94 cm) at the foot. Just behind and to starboard is a convenient settee. The bow thruster breaker is just below. Opposite is a sink with storage beneath.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top toilet
    The freshwater toilet is below a padded seat by the companionway.

    Aft is a storage cabinet with padded seat alongside that lifts to reveal the head.

    The overhead skylight, additional windows to the side, and forward smoked window allow plenty of natural light into this area.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top forward berth
    Captain Steve is seated on the feet-forward berth to measure the overhead in the cabin.

    Side Decks

    Axopar 37 Sun Top side decks
    As we make our way forward to the bow, safety is maintained at the 13” (33 cm) wide side decks by a 28” (71 cm) high rail height.

    Bow

    Axopar 37 Sun Top side decks
    A step up to the bow from the sidedecks sees the bulwarks top out at 15” (38 cm) with the rail coming up to 19” (48 cm).
    Axopar 37 Sun Top sun pad
    The sun pad over the forward cabin has armrests, cup holders, and playpen dimensions.

    Just ahead of the console is a comfortable chaise lounge style sun pad measuring 65” (165.10 cm) long x 57” (144.78 cm) wide. We’re seeing the same quality of materials for the upholstery, along with the double stitched diamond patterned quilting from the passenger seating.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top bow table
    The expandable bow table marries the forward end of the sun pad to the padded seat over the anchor locker.

    Just ahead there’s a storage hatch in the sole, and in the top of the hatch is a pedestal base for the removable table.

    Fully forward, the wraparound bolsters start at 10” (25.40 cm) off the deck and tops out at 19” (48.26 cm). The forward bolster is extended forward to form a seat that covers the aft part of the hatch over the ground tackle.

    Ground Tackle

    Axopar 37 Sun Top cushion
    The padded cushion forward partially covers the anchor locker. The rail height increases over the bow cleats.

    Eight inch (20.32 cm) cleats are to both sides and notice how the rail height increases as we move forward. A turn-and-lock latch releases the hatch that opens on a gas support strut.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top bow roller
    The flip-up-and-out bow roller stows cleanly away. The windlass is an option. We are still looking for the anchor and rode.

    The anchor hatch is finished on the inside.

    Performance

    Axopar 37 Sun Top plumb bow
    The plumb bow maximizes waterline length in rough conditions.

    As we got underway, the combination of those big outboards and the powerful bow thruster made for easy maneuvering. She’s got a plumb bow that drops down to an extended keel and a 2-step V-hull.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    Underway in flat water the boats attitude keeps the forefoot out of the water, reducing wetted surface.

    Now let’s take a look at the numbers. The Axopar 37 Sun-Top has a LOA of 36’9” (11.20 m), a beam of 10’10” (3.30 m), and a draft of 2’9” (.85 m). With an empty weight of 7,910 lbs. (3,588 kg), 30% fuel, three people and test power, we estimated our test weight at 10,213 lbs. (4,632 kg).

    With the twin Mercury 350s turning 19” pitched 4-blade revolution props and spooled up to 6000 rpm, we reached a top speed of 57.1 mph. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 28.9 mph. At that speed, the 17.9 gph fuel burn translated into 1.6 mpg and a range of 280 miles. All while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 192-gallon (727 L) total fuel capacity.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The 57.1 mph WOT can be attributed to the stepped hull, narrow beam, relatively light weight, and twin Mercury engines.

    Our test captain conducted acceleration tests with these results:

    Acceleration

      Time to plane: 4.9 seconds

      Zero to 20 mph: 5.9 seconds

      Zero to 30 mph: 8.6 seconds

    Handling

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top wants to ride bow up and rely on the 20-degree deadrise aft to plane until it gets too rough and she has to use that axe bow to cleave waves.

    We didn’t really have the sea conditions to test her offshore mettle, but our previous test on the Axopar 28 Cabin showed some awesome capabilities. We had to be content with just gentle skipping across some light chop with the 37 Sun-Top remaining comfortable throughout. And even in these conditions it’s clear to see that she had excellent maneuverability.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top running
    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top turns really well, with no hint of ventilating the props. Go ahead and pour on the power, it just serves to tighten the turn as she heels over.

    Docking

    Back at the dock, she has good maneuverability and we were able to easily walk her sideways with the Side-Power SE60 bow thruster and lay her gently against the dock.

    Equipment Discussion

    Axopars have multiple trim packages available: the Brabus, the Version R, and the Premium Package. All packages allow a choice of colors and fabrics.

    Standard Equipment

      • Twin Mercury 300-hp outboards with VesselView 7” engine display

      • Side-Power SE60 Bow thruster

      • Side rails

      • Shower on aft deck

      • Shore power 120V with 40 AH charger (U.S.)

      • Fusion stereo

      • Garmin VHF

      • Twin Garmin Chartplotter 1222 Touch displays

      • Harbor cover for foredeck

    Price

    The base price is $211,836.

    Axopar 37 Sun Top led
    LED deck lights are included in the Premium package.

    Optional Equipment

      • Twin Mercury 350-hp outboards ($9,495)

      • Antifouling paint ($2,600)

      • Targa Arch with roof rails ($1,196)

      • Rod holders on Targa arch ($624)

      • Waterski arch ($1,196)

      • Sink in forward cabin ($520)

      • Transom seats ($2,860)

      • Electric windlass with remote ($5,260)

      • LED courtesy lights ($559)

      • LED deck lights ($767)

      • Drawer-type refrigerator in cockpit ($1,196)

      • Air conditioner ($7,696)

      • Webasto cabin heater ($4,096)

      • Search light ($546)

      • Wood sole in cabin ($702)

      • Generator ($13,923)

      • Electric grille ($624)

      • Gas hob for galley ($715)

      • Canopy ($2,301)

      • Complete Esthec package ($7,436)

      • Day Cruiser aft cabin ($5,252)

      • Wet bar ($5,499)

      • Webasto electric roof ($3,341)

      • Teak foredeck table ($481)

      • Livewell ($949)

      • Closed toilet wall ($2,717)

      • Audio upgrade ($780)

      • Underwater lights ($1,079)

    Axopar 37 Sun Top options
    Options on our test boat included the engine upgrade, ski arch, wet bar, and rod holders on the 37 Sun-Top.

    Observations

    The Axopar 37 Sun-Top is an unusual design that definitely catches attention. While her looks are different, so is her quality and design style. Axopar makes a good balance between adding features and available space. She’s among the best handling boats we’ve tested and that says a lot. Bottom line… this boat offers a lot that isn’t immediately apparent, but becomes so once one steps on board.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Axopar 37 Sun-Top (2019-) is 57.1 mph (91.9 kph), burning 61.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 234.29 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Axopar 37 Sun-Top (2019-) is 28.9 mph (46.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.68 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 280 miles (450.62 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x Mercury 350-hp.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Wet bar Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional

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