By: Scott Way
Despite being only March, the all-new 320 GTO from Finland's Saxdor Yachts is already an entrant into our proverbial 'Best of 2021' list. Following the launch of the 200 Sport and Pro Sport in 2020, Saxdor Yachts the all-new 320 GTO expands on an already proven design. The 320 GTO is the second in a new model range from Saxdor, who will unveil three separate models in the 32-foot category across 2021. The GTO utilizes a T-top design with walk-around decks and will be the first to reach the international market. The announcement comes on the momentum of the smaller 200 Sport winning the 'Best of Boats' award for 2020.
The inspiration for the 320 GTO, according to Sakari Mattila founder of Saxdor Yachts, is an appreciation for yachting's geographical cliques: “I have always admired Italian design, American functionality, German quality, and French pricing. With the 320, the aim is to incorporate these attributes and combine them with the Scandinavian way of boating.”
Performance-wise, the 32 GTO will boast twin Mercury V8 300 hp outboards giving it an estimated top speed of over 50 knots (57 mph) and a cruising speed between 20-40 knots (23-46 mph). If running a single V8 the boast will still carry impressive figures with a 38 knot (43 mph) top speed and a cruising speed of 30 knots (34 mph). She carries an LOA of 33'8" (10.3m) and a beam of 10"2" (3.1m). Engine choices include single or dual Mercury V8 AMS 300's or dual Mercury V6 CMS 225's.
With respect to design and engineering, Saxdon utilizes J&J Design for development, who also design for fellow Finnish yacht makers Axopar. Saxdor designs are built in Poland at the Elite-Elk shipyard with a company headquarters in Helsinki. Each boat carries a decidedly unique twin-stepped hull intended for ultimate seaworthiness while maintaining controllability under open water conditions. Premium appointments are the hallmark of Saxdon and the new 320 GTO, and there is no shortage of interior features to maximize functionality and comfort.
The main deck includes clever opening side terraces, an aft sun pad with sliding backrest, wetbar, integrated hand rails, and fixed side wings. The cockpit is benefited by the side terraces for leisurely anchoring activities, and the T-top provides ample sun coverage over the wet bar and helm. Twin chart plotters with echosounder, Mercury JPO joystick control, and a bow thruster complement the captain's needs, and a Fusion Audio 4 speaker system serves for guest entertainment. The wraparound windscreen is smartly designed for high-speed open water conditions, and the sunshades for and aft provide additional shelter as needed while at rest. An extended sunpad rests on the foredeck and the dinnette converts into a sunbathing space via flip-up backrests. The bow also holds an integrated anchor and windlass to maximize the available space up front.
Below decks the 320 GTO boasts a spacious double cabin with separate head, making it both a slick dayboat and an ideal weekender. The fixed double berth has enough headroom to sleep or sit upright, and the separate head has standing headroom, both admirable features for a boat of its length that will also aid movement and comfort for varying users.
Starting prices for the single engine 320 GTO are TBD but will begin around 90 900 €, or roughly $130,000 USD depending on freight, fees, and conversion.
Enjoy a full walkthrough of the 320 GTO below: