XO Boats in Finland is making a new 29-foot DFNDR 9 all-weather, multi-purpose boat that extends the company’s lineup of aluminum-hull vessels. Powered by twin 225-hp Mercury V6 outboards, the XO DFNDR 9 will have a top speed of 50 knots, while its deep-V hull (22 degree deadrise at the transom) is built for offshore performance.
The DFNDR 9 joins XO Boats’ lineup of DSCVR and EXPLR boats, all named to evoke the company’s adventuresome spirit. “The unique design concept makes DFNDR 9 an excellent choice for adventures and watersports alike,” said Erkki Talvela, the CEO of XO Boats. “At the same time, it has everything you need to overcome the rough seas at full speed.”
The new DFNDR 9 is designed for customization by a new owner, but the basic boat has berths for two and a private head, while both the aft deck and the foredeck can be converted for lounging and entertaining with large sun beds. The open cabin has optional walls for protection from the weather.
The hull is built with military-grade aluminum, which the company says appeals to a growing group of owners who want a strong boat for rough waters anywhere in the world. “During the last year, the global market for multi-purpose boats that are suitable for adventurous and active use has downright exploded,” Talvela says.
On its website, the company writes that “We come from the beautiful Finnish archipelago, which is said to be one of the most difficult sea areas to navigate in the world. Our boating season is long, with harsh conditions and ever-changing weather, which inspired us to create outstanding boats that will exceed all expectations even in the most demanding conditions.”
Specs.: LOA: 28’7”; Beam: 8’5”; Draft: 2’9”; Disp. (w/o engines): 5,401 lbs.; Fuel: 118 gals.; Water: NA; Power: 2×225 Mercury outboards. Read more at http://xoboats.comand see a video of the DFNDR 9 here:`