Here in the UK we seem to be habitual opponents of common sense. Why else would we buy family bow riders in their thousands when a boat with a broader, squared off bow is brazenly superior?

Neo 7.0

The Interboat Neo 7.0: 'offers all the space of a genuine pontoon layout with none of the pedestrian pitfalls.'

I’ve actually got quite cross about this in the past. Certainly, I can understand why the pontoon boat has failed to stake a claim in the UK market because massive though its inboard space might be, it also happens to be slow, limited in application and desperately ugly. But even the deck boat has struggled to get a foothold in the market – and that’s despite offering decent inboard space, passable looks and the ability to head for the coast.

Well happily, us Brits now have another opportunity to ignore common sense and this time it comes in the form of the Interboat Neo 7.0. We first witnessed it at the London Boat Show (see Interboat Neo 7 video: first look) and its perfectly self-evident merits have since seen it win critical acclaim by scooping the Dutch marine association’s "Motorboat of the Year" award for its clever use of space, modular construction and bold innovation.

Lounge layout

The lounge layout: one of many configurations available on the Neo 7.0.

Forget about wasting space with a pointed bow, a pair of side decks or a swim platform. Here, every inch is used for inboard accommodation, and with no fixed layout, you can employ that in a variety of ways. Just pick from a central helm, an aft helm or twin consoles and then pick an engine to match your intended usage. The rest of the options (extra seating, heads or galley facilities) can then be added as necessity demands or budget allows.

In short, this deep, beamy ingenious little monohull appears to offer all the space of a genuine pontoon layout with none of the pedestrian pitfalls. If you have the balls to buy a better boat, it is available in the UK from Val Wyatt Marine. If not, then by all means, stick with your pretty, poky little bow rider – but be under no illusions, you could have done better...


Interboat Neo 7.0: Specifications

LOA: 7.0m
Beam: 2.55m
Draught: 0.80m
Weight: 2,500kg
Power: 27 to 200hp
Fuel capacity: 60 litres
Price: from 38,900 Euros

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Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.