Invictus Yachts, the innovative Italian builder, is just introducing a new GT370S, with twin 425-hp Yamaha outboards, to the U.S. It had launched a sterndrive version of the boat at the Miami Yacht Show in February, but now it is offering an outboard version because outboards have become so popular here.
If the view of the Invictus’ stern has changed, the view of the bow remains the same. Invictus yachts are designed by Christian Grande, the Italian designer who has won many international awards for his out-of-the-box thinking. All Invictus GTs have what the company calls a “half-reverse” bow, which certainly gives the boats a distinctive look.
Grande says the move to outboards will produce more speed. The sterndrive version topped out at 43 knots, but we don’t have figures for the outboards yet. He also says the outboards contribute to a more sporty look, and that they have some concrete advantages, including easy access for repairs. And they open up space on the boat where the engines used to be.
Invictus, with its factory in Borgia, Italy, has grown rapidly in the past few years in Europe, largely due to its attention to detail, its fine styling and its semi-custom appeal. The 37, for example, has at least four possible combinations to the accommodations deck below. The factory basically will work with a buyer to provide what he wants. But the boats all have elegant touches, with soft Alcantara interiors, beautiful stitching and leather on door handles and grabrails.
The helm station has three oversized, ergonomic seats. A compact bar is concealed behind them, with a sink, fridge, icemaker and cabinets. The aft deck includes an L-shaped sofa with a folding back that can be converted into a padded platform for sunbathing. There’s another lounging area on the foredeck.
The basic configuration below includes a mid cabin with two beds, and a bow cabin that can hold a bed or a large side sofa with a table, bar and TV. But you can easily design these areas to be your own.
Specs.: LOA: 37’2”; Beam: 11’4”; Draft: 3’0”: Disp.: 15,212 lbs.; Fuel: 237 gals.; Water: 48 gals.; Power: 2×425 Yamaha XTO outboards. Read more: