Carving a niche

Innovative Italian builder Invictus shows off new Christian Grande-designed TT420 at the Düsseldorf boat show.

26 January 2023


Invictus Yacht has carved itself a bit of a niche with its impressively styled open GT and TT motor yachts that scream Made-in-Italy style. Distinctive bows and sculpted forms couple with innovative deck and interior solutions that seemingly blend RIB and dayboat life with production cruising mentality.

Drawn once again by Christian Grande, the latest model to join the line-up is the Invictus TT420, a 12.3-metre slightly smaller sister to the TT460 which picked up an Innovation Design Award at the 2020 Genoa International Boat Show. It’s a chiselled and sinuous affair that creates an unmistakable profile on the water and which offers open boating for regions, like Australia, where open needs to be tempered by shade.

Unveiled at Boot Düsseldorf in January, the new 42-footer features taut lines that combine style and attention to performance. Key to the profile is the open-sided deck with its arcing wave of a windshield-cum-hardtop produced in carbon. As the yard says, the integral glass windscreen represents an unusual solution for this size of boat that protects underway while offering frontal opening for a through-breeze at anchor.


The deck, which offers a comfortable perimeter walkaround protected by high bulwarks, has a large sundeck at the bow that can be converted into a chaise longue – great for wind-in-your-hair blasts or beer-in-your-hand reclines at anchor.

Amidships, thanks to the folding tables, a spacious dinette can be converted into an alfresco saloon, sheltered by the hard top.

There is the option for two drop-down side terraces which augment the living space on board, and offer a perception of openness towards the outside that is best appreciated during lunch and when relaxing: a solution, says Invictus, that breaks down the barrier dividing the boat from the surrounding environment.

The aft swim platform can be equipped with a hydraulic handling device to facilitate boarding and managing the tender, alongside a garage large enough to accommodate a 2.1-metre tender – features rarely found in this category of boats. The Invictus TT420 also features a sterndrive propulsion unit with twin 440 hp Volvo Penta D6 engines.

Internally, Christian Grande has opted for an open-plan solution. Upon entering, the spacious living area is in full display, with U-shaped rotating sofas which can transform into a comfortable double bed. Aft is a cabin with separate beds. The generous bulwarks of the design have a secondary benefit – decent internal height, which has been used to great effect in a large bathroom with separate shower.

The first unit of the new TT420, presented in Düsseldorf, is in the shipyard’s identifying colour named Personal White. This will soon be joined by another shade called Vogue White, developed by the shipyard to create a comprehensive but subtle palette of pale colourways to tempt individualisation of these most-individual of yachts.


Invictus Yacht
Christian Grande

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