Dayboat doyen Interboat cruises into weekender territory with this stylish 28-footer
Interboat is offering cruiser models for clients who like to up their speed every once in a while and go further afield. This 28-footer offers a main (and only) cabin incorporating a large dinette forward, a galley and enclosed toilet facilities.
Headroom through the main cabin is a shade under 6ft but it does not feel restricted in any way, just cosy.
The dinette forward is capable of accommodating six, and the coachroof’s stretched window makes it easy to check what is going on outside when seated – a definite plus.
The wooden table drops to form a generous double berth and stowage is pretty good in this area, with lockers and shelves let in wherever there is a void.
Above board, the Intercruiser combines classic curves and punchy, harder lines. There‘s the attractive spoon-shaped bow, coir rope fendering and detail is worked into the raised gunwale, so that the cleats are inset rather than set on top of the teak capping.
The cockpit seating will readily accommodate family and friends out for a jolly. The windscreen and coaming offer a good degree of protection, but if you need to batten down there is the standard, two-part canopy.
On the water, the test boat achieved slightly over 5mph at 1500rpm and a shade under 7 knots (9mph) at 3000rpm, with the bow lifting rather than burying itself in a wall of water.
If you’re after a rivercruiser, then the four-cylinder 52hp Vetus unit
fitted as standard is fine. The only problem is the ‘larger’ fuel tank, still tiny at 44gal and restricting the range to sub-100 miles should you want to push the speed into the teens on longer passages.
Tested in June 2010
This is a good-looking, sociable boat that is clearly well suited to inland work. The yard’s attention to detail is excellent, although those wanting separate sleeping quarters may need to look elsewhere.