This is a social river-boat, with the cockpit at its heart. A full- width bathing platform gives very easy access from a pontoon when moored stern on and, as it is deep, also provides the easiest way to board from a bank. There is a shallow single step up into the cockpit, to starboard of a large bench seat.
The cockpit feels massive, given the compact overall size of the boat. The aft bench seat has a large locker underneath, and its back can swiftly be reversed so that you can sit facing aft – with the broad expanse of the bathing platform before you, plus good handholds to give a sense of security. There is a second settee to starboard, opposite the raised helm to port.
The cockpit of this model has a fixed wheelhouse with a roll able / removable aft canopy covering the rear part. This gives the boat an air draught of around 8ft
However, the broad wheelhouse roof, with full standing headroom under, has two fixed, tinted sunroofs, which keep the space bright. At night, excellent integrated strips of LED give broad, bright illumination.
On the outside, two integrated solar panels ensure the domestic and engine batteries are kept topped up when the boat is not in use.
As you enter the cockpit from the aft platform, there is, very sensibly, a plexiglass and stainless steel gate that closes off the cockpit, making it safe for young children and dogs. Housed in a small locker right by the gate are the battery master switches, so on boarding you can activate the systems without having to fumble around in an engine bay. Also, there is a small stainless steel sink complete with pull-out shower faucet.
The teak decking inlay is hardwearing and very attractive, while the whole area can be hosed down to keep the white gloss GRP clean, as even the cushions are waterproof.