” They are definitely not like most boats here in the US, but that is what makes them so incredible. Virtually everyone I’ve spoken to and shown the boat to is at first taken back by its appearance and design, but after stepping aboard, and certainly after going out for a ride, everyone quickly realizes how versatile the boat is.“
The Dream, Axopar 28’
Interview with the Captain – Ryan Giggey
About the Boat
Why did you choose to buy an Axopar?
I chose to buy an Axopar after seeing their boats online, at boat shows, and through content from local brokers and being amazed each time by their versatility. While it is certainly an unusual design, from bow to stern, the boat was designed with function in mind and very purposefully built.
What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
I also considered other smaller cabin cruisers, but there were none in this price range that balanced day boating and cruising capabilities like the Axopar 28 Cabin does, and nothing came close to its sporty and very capable performance either. From every other manufacturer, Axopars have been hard to come by recently. I found this one through the Axopar Owners Facebook Group and was able to connect with the now previous owner in Virginia.
What are the features you like most about your boat?
The enclosed cabin makes the boat perfect for our New England climate, extending my boating season from the first week in April into November. That said, when the midsummer days are here, the boat opens up as if it was a center console. It really is the best of both worlds! Plus, it even has room for overnight accommodations, comfortably sleeping two.
Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
My grandfather, whom I’ve boated with since I was born.
Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
The Kennebunkport Yacht Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.
What boats have you previously owned?
I’ve previously owned a Boston Whaler 150 Super Sport and a Robalo R180.
How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
This is my first boat with a cabin, so aside from short day trips and lunch and dinner cruises, I’m looking forward to cruising up and down the New England coast a bit, and exploring all there is in this beautiful area I get to call home!
What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Currently, just the availability of parts – which is widespread across every industry.
Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
The Navionics app is a must for your phone, as it gives you an extra chart to look at and allows you to plan your trips on the go.
Do you have any advice for those looking to buy an Axopar like yours?
They are definitely not like most boats here in the US, but that is what makes them so incredible. Virtually everyone I’ve spoken to and shown the boat to is at first taken back by its appearance and design, but after stepping aboard, and certainly after going out for a ride, everyone quickly realizes how versatile the boat is. For anyone looking to learn more about these boats, I highly suggest you reach out to Charlotte Kinkade at East Coast Yacht Sales. She is very knowledgeable about these boats, is a boater herself, and ECYS is the New England Axopar dealer!
What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
The boat is named The Dream, for coastal cruising has been a dream of mine for a while now, and this is the first boat that is going to let that dream begin to become a reality – and hopefully there will be many more to come in the future!
Click the gallery below for more photos and information about The Dream!