Read an announcement recently about a new series of aluminum motor yachts called the Beach Club series from Van Der Valk, a Dutch company. http://www.wimvandervalk.com/yachts/beachclub/600-2/ Although European yacht builders have produced powerboats with very non-traditional appearances, most powerboats stick to quite tried-and-true mechanical and interior arrangements. The Van Der Walk Beach Club boats have done something I haven't seen before -- placing motors and IPS drives under the swim platform. That frees up the entire stern area of the boats and Van Der Valk used the space for a salon with sliding glass doors across the transom. With huge hull windows the salon is very light. There are other interesting aspects to the design -- they offer various layouts on the foredeck including a jacuzzi style pool. There appears to be just one stateroom which may not fly on a 60-foot yacht. I don't know anything about Van Der Valk and am not planning to buy a boat from them, but I applaud the creativity they have shown in this series. But I wonder what the drawbacks are to placing mechanicals under the swim platform and moving the salon to the stern of the boat. Does this layout seem usable and sensible or impractical and odd to knowledgeable yachtsmen who read this forum?