Sakari Mattila: A legend in the European boat design community that many may be forgiven for never hearing of.
A man who has always shunned the limelight, Mattila is, for people in the know, famous for not being famous, having never given a single interview in his illustrious thirty-year career.
One might find that almost incomprehensible in today’s world of instant news, mobile phones, and information overload. However, it starts to make more sense when you realise that Mattila was the original founder and designer behind global boat brands such as Axopar, XO Boats, Paragon, and Aquador. Clearly, Mattila is comfortable with letting his work do the talking for him, and with all of his previous work becoming multi-award winning brands, it’s easy to see why.
Mattila’s latest venture, Saxdor Yachts, is no different. With a quest to create the world’s most versatile, high performance-oriented adventure boats at incredible prices, it is unsurprising to discover that the first design from the company, the Saxdor 200 Sport, launched in March 2020, began receiving accolades around the world almost instantly, winning awards at Best of Boats 2020, and the prestigious European Powerboat of the Year 2021.
The Saxdor 200 introduced an entirely new concept of affordable high performance adventure boats. With a starting price of just $54,995, inclusive of a 100hp outboard capable of 34kt (optioned up to 175hp – it’ll hit 45kt without breaking a sweat), a full GRP construction with twin-stepped performance hull and legendary Finnish build quality, a seemingly impossible task was achieved with relative ease.
Not content with resting on his laurels, the second of Mattila’s designs, the Saxdor 320 GTO, has just been launched, and is likely to continue to attract significant attention for Saxdor at every boat show it is showcased at. With incredible looks, a flawless pedigree and class shattering standard inclusions, it is likely to command the limelight for a long time to come. In fact, one of Europe’s most prestigious motorboat publications recently heralded the Saxdor 320 as one of the most exciting boats of 2021. Now that’s a big call!