Key Information

  • Length
    8.03m | 26.34 ft
  • Beam
    2.53m | 8.30 ft
  • Top Speed
    50+ kn
  • Max Passengers
  • Berths
Starting Price $336,000



The most capable and rugged adventure boat Australia has ever seen!

Introducing XO DFNDR 8, the action-packed sibling of Motorboat and Yachting Magazine’s 2023 Adventure Boat of the Year. The all-new XO DFNDR 8 brings everything the XO DFNDR 9 has to offer in a slightly more compact package.

With its tough Military spec Aluminium V Hull and a sharp cutting bow design, the XO DFNDR 8 is capable of speeds in excess of 50 Kts when equipped with the twin 225HP Mercury V6 engine option.

Designed to provide incredible handling and performance, even in the toughest sea conditions. The XO DFNDR 8 proudly upholds the XO fleet’s renown for heading out for adventure, when others are heading in.

Despite being incredibly tough, The XO DFNDR 8 is very versatile, with a sleeping space for 2, toilet, and shower options. It would make the perfect tender to a larger Yacht, is up for exciting offshore fishing adventures, and is equally at home heading out for the weekend exploring, scuba diving, water-skiing, and more. With that military spec Aluminium hull, you never have to worry about damaging the boat when you decide to motor into that secluded cove and pull up on the beach.

There are plenty of options for customisation. Start by choosing from an enclosed cabin, or an open version which can also be enclosed with additional sides, and then customise your navigation systems, canopy covers, seating, electrical, and even add heating and air conditioning if you wish.

Profile and Floor Plans


  • Length8.03m | 26.34 ft
  • Beam2.53m | 8.30 ft
  • Weight estimate (incl. engine)1986 kg
  • Draft to props0.93m
  • Outboard engines2×225 hp
  • Passengers8
  • Berths2
  • ClassificationC-Coastal
  • ConstructionALU/GRP
  • Max speed estimate50+ kn
  • Fuel capacity700 L (185 gal)

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The Reviews


topRik experts talk about their experience testing the Finnish crossover XO DFNDR 8, accompanying the review with photos and reviews of famous yachtsmen, which were published in popular yachting media, as well as some informative video reviews.

Yacht buyer – video review

If how a boat drives is important to you then this sea trial and review of the XO DFNDR 8 demands your attention.

It’s a boat whose design includes a few flaws and compromises but as a pure driving machine, there is very little at this size that can compete, as Jack Haines discovered during this in-depth tour and sea trial.

Motor boat & yachting – video sea trial

At the recent Finnboat Floating Show, Motor Boat & Yachting’s Alex Smith got the chance to take a test drive of the XO DFNDR 8…

BoatLife – Video review

If you need a tough, fast and cosy commuter that you can squeeze into any dock then the XO DFNDR 8 could be perfect for you!

With a toilet, all weather cabin and aluminium hull she’s a superb way of getting out to your remote cabin, batch or lake house by the water and will easily double as an adventure boat for those day trips full of fun!