The Invictus 280CX is the first in a new line of powerboats and it is designed specifically to offer an open sporting powerboating experience that more people can afford.


One of the key differences here on the 280CX is the shape of the bow, we've become accustomed to Invictus's half reverse bow, not least on the 280GT, but here it's much broader. There's plenty of space to sunbathe and it also has some useful benefits below.

In the forward-most part of the cabin there is a little extra breadth, but the bed is very short and there's also very little light ingress from the tiny windows. There's no galley and no option to specify any kind galley equipment, but on the plus side, compared to the GT there's a little more headroom and a slightly more spacious head compartment.

You can forgive a sporting open powerboat for its cabin limitations as long as the cockpit is right, and happily, here on the Invictus 280CX it is. You get a reversing backrest so you can join the rest of the diners, and a convertible aft section. It also backs up its talk of affordability.

For more designs from this brand, see Invictus 370 GT review.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.