Ideal Boat have just signed a contract to be the exclusive UK & Ireland distributor for Saxdor Yachts. This newly launched brand of sportscraft is the brainchild of Sakari Mattila, a founding partner and former designer of award winning boat brands Axopar, Paragon, Aquador and XO. Saxdor state that the first product to be released will occupy a completely new boat category. Namely, that of the ‘water scooter’; a personal watercraft that combines the convenience and ease of use of a jet ski with the safety and comfort of a compact boat.
The Saxdor 200 SPORT is a 20ft outboard powered personal watercraft that proves affordable boating doesn´t mean compromising quality, seakeeping, versatility performance or sexy styling. With a starting price of €20,000 ex VAT with 100hp Mercury engine, coupled with minimal maintenance costs, the Scooter it is hoped will make the dream of getting out on the water a reality for many more people. The entry-level boat with a 100hp engine is capable of 34 knots, whilst the largest 175hp outboard motor will achieve a top speed of over 45 knots. The smallest propeller slip ever tested by Mercury V6 engines also proves the effectiveness of the scooter hull. In addition, J&J Design, the team responsible for the Saxdor, have employed their considerable experience in the design and tooling of this entry-level craft, to ensure that it is light (approximately 700kg), easy to trail, cheap to run and fun and easy to drive. The twin-stepped, sharp entry hull promises to be efficient, smooth riding and quick to accelerate no matter which engine option has been selected.
The standard boat comes with a triple jockey seat and an open deck but customers can customise the design to their requirements. Options include a T-top, twin 7in or 9in multi-function displays on the helm console, an uprated stereo system with T-top mounted speakers and a canvas that attaches to the opening bow hatch for the ability to use the boat overnight. An alternative seating arrangement includes side-by-side jockey seats with a twin bench aft. Whether it’s for fishing, watersports, enjoying the water with friends and family or heading to the beach, its makers aim to produce a version of the Scooter for everyone.
The Scooter’s attractive starting price aims to bring boating to the masses but it’s combination of compact dimensions, lightweight construction, cutting-edge design and high-quality finish promises to make it an appealing option as a rugged and practical superyacht tender. Saxdor Yachts is investigating the option of a jet drive for improved manoeuvrability and a shallower draught.
The Scooter will be on sale from the beginning of March with the official launch taking place at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival this September. Sakari Mattila, founder of Saxdor Yachts states: “The concept behind Saxdor Yachts is to make the next generation of affordable boats. These are premium craft with modern styling and an affordable price that are fitted with the latest technology. The 20ft Scooter promises to revolutionise small personal watercraft by being a multipurpose boat that refuses to compromise with sexy design language and strong performance at a sensible price. Plus we have the ambition to create a brand with that within the next two years will extend its range significantly to craft of up to 50 ft’. Neville Williams, MD of Ideal Boat, commented, “The addition of the Saxdor to our existing world-class brand line up, is a very exciting prospect. The Saxdor water scooter is a product that delivers something genuinely new and innovative. I believe it also has the potential to attract a whole new audience to the pastime of boating”.