Watch the Beneteau Barracuda 9 Video Boat Review
- Create a boat which can be used for both cruising and fishing, without making major sacrifices in either activity.
- Utilize Beneteau’s Air Step hull, which boosts efficiency, reduces time to plane, and improves handling.
- Utilize a pilot house design to provide full protection at the helm and a large cabin area including a full stand-up head, while allowing for a wide walkaround that’s comfortable to use.
- Include a flying bridge option, on a boat size that usually doesn’t have one.
Construction & Design
- The Air Step hull design works – with 500 horses on the transom it’s unusual for any boat to get good fuel economy, but we hit 1.6 miles to the gallon while at cruising speeds.
- Fit and finish is excellent, and the boat’s upholstery is a grade above the norm. Helm seats, which include flip-down bolsters and adjust both fore/aft and up/down, provide an excellent example.
- Love the hefty hardware used on the folding transom gate and folding tables in the cabin.
- At a 4000 RPM cruise, we ran at over 35-mph.
- Top-end was 49.6-mph; with a lighter load this will be a 50-mph boat.
- Handling is excellent, and taking sharp turns while sitting atop the flybridge is down-right fun.
- Another perk of the Air Step: the boat jumps out of the hole and onto plane quickly and smoothly, and rides with a level attitude.
- One-of-a-kind flybridge is more substantial than it appears at first glance, with seating for two, room for electronics at the helm, and sturdy rails.
- There’s a full-sized V-berth, even though there’s a roomy bow cockpit.
- Folding transom gate allows for more cockpit room.
- This boat impressed us so much, we put it on our list of the Top 10 Fishing Boats of 2012.