Concept and design are the most important things in the definition of a new boat or a new range.

The Saxdor team works closely with J&J to design Saxdor boats.

J&J Design is, arguably, world’s most experienced boat design office for production power- and sailboats. In the last 36 years J&J designed innumerous bestsellers for world’s largest and most prestigious boat and yacht builders.

The studio’s ability to innovate and create, based on accumulated deep industry know-how led to a range of new products – uniting new design features and technologies to  improve the boating experience of customers worldwide.

Read more about the design concept in our press release.


Visionary boat designer and founder of Saxdor Yachts, Sakari Mattila, previously founded four successful and internationally-awarded boat brands: Axopar, XO-boats, Paragon and Aquador. Throughout his remarkable career, Mattila has had the role of lead strategist and original designer for each of these much loved brands.

To those people who are wondering, Sakari Mattila is nowadays fully focused on developing amazing new models for Saxdor  with his team of professionals and has no longer ties with his previous brands.


Mattila founds Aquador Yachts in 1994.


Mattila founds Paragon Yachts.


Together with Erkki Talvela, Mattila founds XO boats in 2008.


Mattila starts the Axopar project in co-operation with Josef Wizsniewski, the owner and founder of the Slepsk shipyard.

Sakari innovates the new concept and design of Axopar. The concept and design are practically ready in the end of 2012.

Sakari developes the name from his previous brands. A = Aquador, XO = XO boats, PAR = PARagon.


The first Axopar 28 is launched at the Helsinki International Boat show in February 2014. 

Mattila is the sole founder of Axopar. Mattila founds and registers Axopar Holdings Oy (Ltd) and its subsidiary Axopar Boats Oy (Ltd) in March 2014. Mattila's company owned 100% of Axopar’s shares at the time of registration and it is public information that can be found at the Finnish Patent and Register Office. 

The other three current shareholders bought their own shares from Mattila’s company in January and February 2015. So three years after Mattila had started the Axopar project.


As an indication of Mattila’s new concept and design Axopar wins several awards around the world and becomes the fastest growing boat brand in Europe.


Beginning of a new era.

Sakari innovates the concept and design of the new Saxdor model range. The model range starts from the 20 feet personal watercraft - Saxdor 200.

The name comes from the last and the first boat brand: S = Sakari, AX = AXopar, DOR = AquaDOR.

Saxdor Yachts Oy (Ltd) is founded in October.


A group of private investors and key persons of the Saxdor management team become significant minority shareholders. United Bankers Plc acts as advisor to Saxdor Yachts.

The subsidiary shipyard of Saxdor Yachts begins the production of Saxdor 200 in Elk, Poland.