Finnish manufacturer XO Boats, known for building boats of innovative design with outstanding driving qualities and robust deep-V aluminium hulls, has launched the new XO DFNDR 8 in various open and enclosed versions.

The XO DFNDR 8 is distinctively versatile, with various alternative options to semi-customise the boat for your needs. For example, the open version can be configured to a more enclosed cabin boat by choosing the fixed side windows as extras.

The XO DFNDR 8 can be adjusted for sport fishing, day cruising, or commuting in rough weather and there is spacious storage under the raised mid-deck floor and an option to have a cabin aft wall with a sliding door

XO DFNDR 8 comes with a separate head and the seating area of DFNDR 8 follows the principle of a walkthrough boat layout, with a raised mid-level deck on the bow that can turn into a full-sized sun bed. Passenger seats in the saloon are easily converted into a bed for two, for overnight use during longer journeys.

“What sets the new DFNDR 8 apart from the competitors is definitely the phenomenal driving qualities under rough weather conditions,” says Erkki Talvela, the CEO of XO Boats.

With twin engines, XO DFNDR 8 can reach more than 50 knots. Optimal engine recommendations start from 300hp, but the boat can easily handle 450hp single V8 or twin 225hp V6 engines.


Production of the boat is set to begin in early 2023.