Dromeas 28CC review: The Turkish newcomer taking the fight to Axopar

This young Turkish brand has big ambitions to challenge the likes of Axopar and Saxdor with its stylish range of fast, affordable outboard-powered craft. We take the Dromeas 28CC for a spin.Ever since Axopar lit up the sportsboat scene with its range of fast, funky and affordable outboard-powered sportsboats, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world caught on. Nimbus was first to follow suit with its W/T/C models and last year Saxdor jumped on the bandwagon with its exhilarating 200 […] This article Dromeas 28CC review: The Turkish newcomer taking the fight to Axopar appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Dromeas 28CC review: The Turkish newcomer taking the fight to Axopar

This young Turkish brand has big ambitions to challenge the likes of Axopar and Saxdor with its stylish range of fast, affordable outboard-powered craft. We take the Dromeas 28CC for a spin.

Ever since Axopar lit up the sportsboat scene with its range of fast, funky and affordable outboard-powered sportsboats, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world caught on.

Nimbus was first to follow suit with its W/T/C models and last year Saxdor jumped on the bandwagon with its exhilarating 200 Sport and 320 GTO. Now there’s a new kid in town, Dromeas Yachts.

They all share the same basic recipe of strikingly modern looks, efficient stepped hulls, practical walkaround decks and punchy but refined outboard engines.

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But whereas Axopar, Nimbus and Saxdor are all designed in Scandinavia and built in Poland, Dromeas Yachts designs and builds its boats in Turkey, albeit with a helping hand from British performance boat designer Adam Younger.

Established in 2017 by naval engineer and former member of the Turkish national sailing squad Efe Kuyumcu, Dromeas Yachts’ mission is to build “the ultimate boats for exploring the Mediterranean come rain or shine.”

Those last three words are crucial because it also explains why its boats are just as well suited to Northern European climes. The range now consists of three 28ft models and two 33-footers with a further three 38ft boats currently in development.

First to reach the newly appointed UK dealer, Dromeas Yachts UK in Poole, is the 28CC. As the moniker suggests this is its Centre Console model – the cuddy cabin WA and wheelhouse SUV models are due to follow in the next few weeks.

While not as low, sleek and edgy as an Axopar 28, the Dromeas 28CC has real presence on the water. Its fuller bow and sweeping spray rails look purposeful from every angle, while its taller topsides, with a pronounced kink in sheerline, give it a distinctive profile and a considerably higher freeboard than its Finnish rival.

This is just as noticeable from onboard where you appreciate the extra sense of security provided by those tall bulwarks as well as the increased width in the bow, where there’s room for people to sit around both sides of the V-shaped folding table. It’s a very safe and easy boat to move around with a deep cockpit, plentiful handholds and generous side decks.

Read our full review of the Dromeas D28 CC in the June issue of MBY, which is out now.

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Princess F45 review: Could this be Princess's best flybridge yacht yet?

MBY Deputy Editor Jack Haines gets behind the wheel of the Princess F45, which is the first rung on the Plymouth yard's flybridge ladder, but by no means the poor relation.Getting hold of boats to test can be a complicated business because there are many factors at play. Production at a shipyard like Princess is a well oiled machine with every boat on a drum-tight deadline to make it through the build and testing process before being shipped off to a dealer or customer. There […] This article Princess F45 review: Could this be Princess's best flybridge yacht yet? appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Princess F45 review: Could this be Princess's best flybridge yacht yet?

MBY Deputy Editor Jack Haines gets behind the wheel of the Princess F45, which is the first rung on the Plymouth yard's flybridge ladder, but by no means the poor relation.

Getting hold of boats to test can be a complicated business because there are many factors at play. Production at a shipyard like Princess is a well oiled machine with every boat on a drum-tight deadline to make it through the build and testing process before being shipped off to a dealer or customer.

There sometimes isn’t enough slack in the system for a boat and chase boat to be ready with the correct crew all at the same time. That is why, even though the Princess F45 was launched at the 2019 Düsseldorf boat show, we only managed to test one in early 2021 when Boats.co.uk had a spanking new stock boat delivered to Poole and extended an invitation for us to have a go. Invitation accepted.

Why is the F45 such an important boat for Princess? Firstly, it is the first rung on the ladder of the Princess flybridge range and therefore has an incredibly high standard to live up to. Despite being the least expensive flybridge in the range it cannot feel that way. It also has a crucial role in attracting new customers to the brand and, Princess hopes, setting them on their way up the ladder to larger and more expensive craft.

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Secondly, it is the successor to the Princess 43, which itself was based on the astoundingly good Princess 42, one of the most popular and successful boats that Princess has ever built. No pressure then. First impressions are really rather good. The well-founded Princess Yachts and Olesinksi design studio collaboration has worked its usual magic on the Princess F45 but this model has also been breathed on by Pininfarina.

This has softened the lines even more and introduced some delightful curves to the boat’s exterior, most notably around the transom and aft end of the flybridge. The latter can often be a forgotten area of the boat, left plain and uninspiring, but the subtle curves around the radar arch and a finish so smooth it could almost be liquid is a lovely bit of design.

An electric-blue band peeps out from the flybridge coaming, mirrored above by a black strip which plunges towards the windscreen, tricking the eye into lowering the boat’s profile so it doesn’t appear top heavy from side on. The hull glazing – knife shaped and eating great chunks out of the GRP around it – meets beneath the anchor like a thin glazed moustache, giving the boat an unmistakable ‘face’ when it comes at you bow-on.

Read our full review of the Princess F45 in the June 2021 issue of MBY, out May 6.

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