Probably seven and half meters is the right length in order to combine agility and comfort. On top of both, Invictus 240FX adds a touch of style.
What do you need to have fun when boating? Few things are necessary, and Invictus 240FX seems to have them all, with an extra touch of style that only the competence and the taste of a designer like Christian Grande can bestow to a boat. Nautica Bertelli, dealer of the brand for Central-Northern Italy, Austria and Switzerland, welcomes me in their modern location in Paratico, on the south shore of Lake Iseo, between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia.
Invictus 240FX in a nutshell
Invictus’ style is indisputable, and even in this rather basic model its prerogatives are pretty evident. Despite a standard layout, it is the care of the detail that distinguishes Invictus boats, and Invictus 240FX is no exception. Let’s analyze it in 5 points:
- It could be the usual aft bench with a port (comfortable) passageway to reach the two bathing platforms, but the two buckles and the refined fabric definitely give it an Invictus look. And, it drops down to become a solarium.
- The pilot seat (actually it’s just a back stand) is part of a versatile cabinet. There’s a sliding surface which work as a dinette table, and two seatbacks which, when removed, leave space to rod holders. A refrigerator can be housed inside.
- The center console features a simple, easy to read and complete Raymarine screen. No need for gauges, instruments, frills.
- A small cabin beneath the console is good for a quick change of swimsuit, for a porta-potty, and as a further storage, in addition to several lockers under the benches and even under the cockpit flooring.
- To bow, a front-facing sofa becomes part of a solarium by adding an extra cushion. It’s well protected from the wind and even safe, being under the gunwale level. The hidden anchor winch helps when stepping in and out from the bow.
The balance is
always even, with
no need of trimming
Invictus 240FX: the test
The 250 HP motor of our test is the most powerful according to the yard’s specifications, although performance is not so exuberant. Still, 37 knots full speed is a good number. There is no software for the fuel consumption, so we stick to Honda’s statements for this engine coupled to a 15” three-bladed propeller (the same we have): good to see that the speed figures are close to my readings.
Analyzing the data you can see that at cruising pace (25-30 knots between 4500 and 5000 revs), fuel consumption is definitely reasonable. The minimum plane is kept at 2800 rpm, just under 10 knots: in this case, the engine is burning a frugal 15 liters per hour. Acceleration is also good, with 4.2 seconds to reach the plane and another six to reach 30 knots.
As for the handling, the set-up is well balanced, with no need to work with the trim: except for a small correction in order to reach the maximum speed. Even trying some sharp maneuvers, the reaction is always restrained and never triggers risky situations. Last test I run is the crossing of some waves (it is actually my wake, as the water condition is flat on the lake): no thumps, but a soft passage that promises a safe ride even with choppy sea.
The numbers of Invictus 240FX
- Length overall 7.45 m (24ft 5in)
- Beam 2.50 m (8ft 2in)
- Displacement 1800 Kg
- Draft 1.06 m (3ft 6in)
- Max output 250 HP
- Fuel reserve 270 l (71 US gal)
- Fresh water reserve 45 l (11 US gal)
- Passengers 8/10
- CE design category B/C
- Designer Christian Grande
- rpm knots mph lph* nm/l range** dB
- 1000 3,5 4,0 3,1 1,13 244 56
- 1500 5,3 6,1 5,2 1,02 220 60
- 2000 6,4 7,4 8,6 0,74 161 64
- 2500 7,3 8,4 10,8 0,68 146 68
- 3000 11,0 12,7 16,5 0,67 144 68
- 3500 16,0 18,4 21,1 0,76 164 74
- 4000 22,0 25,3 27,6 0,80 172 76
- 4500 25,0 28,8 33,1 0,76 163 78
- 5000 29,0 33,4 45,3 0,64 138 79
- 5500 32,0 36,8 59,6 0,54 116 80
- 6000 35,0 40,3 70,0 0,50 108 81
- 6300 37,0 42,6 83,6 0,44 96 82
*Honda’s official figures **20% reserve
- Calm lake, clean hull, fuel 250 l (66 US gal), water 30 l (7 US gal)), 3 passengers
Indicative price, VAT not included
- Without engine € 33,420
And if you want some extra inches, here’s the model for you