We don’t tend to go in for Mediterranean style powerboats in the UK. Motivated no doubt by choppy seas, chilly winds and chillier spray, we like prosaic, workmanlike devices like big rails, steep screens, Samson posts, offshore oilskins and dry storage. And while some of us do enjoy the boys-own novelty of camping-style nights beneath the stars, the average weekender tends to abandon his boat at the end of the day for a warm pub and a waterfront hotel. In short, dedicated Med-style boats rarely give us cause for serious consideration here in the UK – but if ever there was a boat that had the power to shunt us into an elegant new alfresco realm of well-heeled friends, chilled fizz and tumbling pastel piazzas, the new 370 from Invictus is it. Watch a First Look Video of the boat below.
From the side, the 370’s cropped bow looks very unusual, but it’s by no means a new shape for Invictus. On the contrary, it’s already been employed on both models in the ‘TT’ (Tender) range and also on the smaller GT 280 model that was launched last year. We can rest assured then that its distinctive aesthetic in no way detracts from the boat’s dynamic performance – particularly as the upper part of the forepeak is often employed for nothing more than an anchor locker and a step-through bow, or as a means of flattering the length of an otherwise modestly sized boat.
As for power, that comes in the form of twin 300hp engines for an optimum cruise of around 21 knots and a top end of 38 knots – and the helm station on the 370GT does a great job of enabling you to get the best out of it. In addition to three side-by-side helm seats (always a bonus on a sociable summer boat), the two-tiered dash comes with plenty of space for multiple plotters. All the dials and displays are up high, close to your natural line of sight but with a usefully steep mounting angle to help minimise glare from above. And the console itself includes a recessed moulding to enable you to brace your feet hard and use the seats as leaning posts. I’m certainly not convinced by the little wind-deflecting lip at the top of the screen. I’ve seen these on other high-end Mediterranean boats and more often than not, the curve creates a warping of your vision very close to your eye-line in the seated position. But in all other regards, the Invictus has all the hallmarks of a very enjoyable driver’s boat.
Affecting though the aesthetics might be, it’s the communal entertaining spaces that really hit the mark. For instance, while the slightly offset helm console is a very substantial unit, such is the generosity of that 11-foot beam that the walkways on both sides remain very serviceable. Behind the helm, a galley is built into the back of the seating unit, facing aft toward a big L-shaped seating section – and this is again offset to starboard to create plenty of dining space for a large party without inhibiting the freedom of movement to port. The swim platform is also suitably vast; the all-over foredeck sunbathing section is big enough for four and trimmed like the inside of a Ferrari; and the cockpit can be further expanded by means of an optional fold-out balcony to port. To say that the 370 satisfies the demands of the committed alfresco party boater is a serious understatement.
Even so, it’s the details that I find particularly pleasing. There are no right angles in the cockpit at all; no agricultural bolts or crude grabbing points. Instead, everything is curved and finished to the point of sculptural over-indulgence. From the teak inlays to the contrasting leathers, the stainless steel rails, the one-piece screen and the backrests with their angled wedges, everything works in bold, sensuous clashes of texture and shape to create a platform as stylishly advanced as any in its class. For evidence of that, just take a look at the speakers on the foredeck. It would have been all too easy to go with recessed cut-outs and flush-fit grills, but here, you get a pair of glittering stainless steel cases, sitting proud on either side of the sunbathing platform, built into the front edge of the helm console like handmade Champagne coolers.
In isolation of course, such details are little more than gimmick and ostentation but when you step down below, that same level of care continues. The layout is built around a convertible double in the forward section with a convertible twin running fore-and-aft beneath the cockpit sole. There’s a heads with shower compartment to starboard, plus a compact atrium with storage and a second fridge - but again it’s a combination of the design flourishes and the careful execution that really appeals. The materials are lovely and both cabins come equipped with custom storage boxes embossed with the ‘Invictus’ insignia built into the ledges on either side of the bed. In practical terms, they’re not the best solution by any means, but they feel special and on an Italian performance boat designed for sunny weekends away, that stuff matters.
Invictus 370 GT summary
In traditional Italian fashion, the whole point of the new 370 GT is to combine style and sport. As a 38-knot party platform with sleeping for four, a sumptuous helm, versatile open deck and a huge dose of catwalk swagger courtesy of on-form designer, Christian Grande, it achieves exactly that. There are of course much better options at this size and price if your cruising grounds are in and around the UK, but you really don’t have to live in the Med to covet a boat like this. On the contrary, such is the availability and affordability of boating facilities and pocket-change flights that if you harbour an interest in cruising destinations like Italy, France, Spain or Greece, the 370 GT needs to be on your radar. As a feel-good, party-ready Mediterranean weekender, it’s an indisputably effective piece of work.
Invictus 370 GT specifications
Fuel capacity: 900 litres.
Water capacity: 200 litres.
People capacity: 10.
Engine: twin 300hp.
Design: Christian Grande.
Contact: Invictus Yacht.