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 a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.