When others stay in port

The new XO powerhouse has arrived

Launched at Boot Düsseldorf 2023, XO DFNDR 8 is the latest XO innovation made for sports fishing and fun boat wherever you enjoy boating in the Mediterranean Sea, or at the Gulf of Mexico. Made for conditions both arctic and tropical, you won’t miss out on any adventure with this aluminium powerboat. 

XO DFNDR 8 comes in two different versions, of which the open version can be configured to a more enclosed cabin boat by choosing the fixed side windows and fixed aft wall as extras.

With the various options for semi-customizing the boat for your unique needs, XO DFNDR 8 can be adjusted for sport fishing, day cruising or for superyacht tender use.

Overall Lenght (exc. engine)

8.03 m


2.53 m

Draft to props

0,93 m

Weight (excl. engine)






Fuel capacity






Max speed range

+50 kts

Outboard engines

2×225 hp – 450 hp


23 degrees



With twin engines, agile XO DFNDR 8 can reach +50 knots of speed. Although the boat is smaller than other recent XO models it still maintains the uncompromising attitude and resilience of a true XO. This boat is the perfect entry to the group of XO trailblazers for those who want to take their boating to the next level.  

Optimal engine recommendations start from 300 hp, but the boat can easily handle 450 hp single V8 or Twin 225 V6 engines. The XO DFNDR 8 can host up to 8 passengers for day trips and fun expeditions. 

Following and adapting the design philosophies of yacht design, XO DFNDR 8 is made of aluminium, just like the some of the most prestigious superyachts of the world. This makes DFNDR 8 excellent choice for tender use alongside superyachts, since it has the same spirit and DNA as its core.   

The new challenge awaits.

The XO DFNDR 8 is smaller than its sister models, but perfect for outdoors fun and fishing. The boat can be customized with various style options and optional extras to suit your needs.

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