An uber-tough all-weather rocketship, the XO 360 will transport you anywhere in any weather
In horrible test conditions that would see many a bigger boat scurrying home for protection (steep, closely spaced seas, compounded by a squally wind over tide) although it has no flare in the topsides to deflect the spray and the waves, nor any spray rails, the XO 360 proved to be one of the driest boats of its type that I’ve ever tested.
Fitted with the biggest engine option, the twin D6-370hp Volvo DPH sterndrives, our boat clocked 42 knots. With its all-weather protection and exceptional heavy weather ability, the XO 360 is a boat that begs to be driven hard and fast.
However, if you’re feeling frugal, dropping down to a 25 knot cruise will see your fuel go a wallet-friendly 70% further (1.97mpg vs 1.25mpg).
At this speed, the XO 360 is so relaxed it feels more like 15 knots. However, the driving experience was impaired by the XO 360’s dash and helm ergonomics, which were unrefined and uncomfortable. Changes are apparently in the pipeline, so watch this space.