Axopar Fathers Day Out
Alex Ball and his family took out the Axopar 28 for a pleasant Fathers Day out on the water, little did they know what was going to happen…
Father’s Day is always memorable for me as I get spoilt by my four beautiful kids and my wonderful wife. It’s a day that I usually plan and look forward to for weeks leading up and reminisce for weeks after. This Father’s Day started out no different but ended up as one I’ll never forget.
The weather was about as perfect as you could get. Mid 20 degrees and an ever so slight breeze had Pittwater sparkling. I had arranged to go out on the Axopar 28 T-Top for the day as a surprise for my family. The lure of 40+ knot, fish and chips for lunch and cruise up the Hawksbury is my idea of a perfect day. Needless to say, the kids were ecstatic when I told them my plans!
This Axopar is a special one. It is fitted with the BRABUS Pack which heightens the stealth-like appearance. It also is fitted with a 400 Hp Mercury, so not only was the best-looking boat on Pittwater, it was one of the fastest.
We slowly idled through the 4-knot zone making sure that everything was secure. The aft cabin proved invaluable for not only a bed for my little 4-year-old, but storage for the luggage that we had with us.
We headed across to Pearl Beach and Patonga via Barrenjoey to show the kids the seals. As a kid myself growing up on Pittwater, seeing the seals sun baking brought back memories that I had forgotten. To be able to share a small piece of my childhood with my family was amazing.
We aimed for Refuge Bay for lunch and a walk to the waterfall. It was flowing strongly as the week of rain had left it as a beautiful back drop to our lunch stop.
We slowly nosed up to the boat and allowed all the kids and wives to jump aboard. Six kids and two adults quickly come aboard while the two fathers went to put out the fire. We circled the boat for hours making sure that the dads were okay and driving out to the Hawksbury to pick up phone reception as we found ourselves in a small spot of no service.
By this stage, a reasonable South Westerly had picked up and we were faced with a very lumpy return trip. It was full of people and gear with the possibility of a very rough ride home; however, it was at this point where the boat impressed me the most! With everyone seated (including in the bow seats) the boat cut a smooth path with absolutely no fuss. Dry, comfortable and at 30 knots. Credit to the incredible hull design and engineering that has gone into its development.
We dropped off the family and made our way back to Bayview. With the kids all safely seated, returning the berth was simple. A few touches of the bow thruster and we were neatly tied back up with no fuss. In fact, so easy is the boat to manuvor and the walk-through centre steering position, I was able to pick the lines up single handed and drop them onto the beautiful black cleats.
Looking forward to seeing you out on the water!
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