Beneteau just launched the Barracuda 9, an entirely new model aimed at providing a unique blend of a safe offshore fishing boat coupled with a roomy and well equipped cruising boat.

Built around the patented Air  Step hull, the Barracuda 9 was designed to handle snotty conditions that  the offshore fisherman or cruiser tends to find themselves in, and  still get them back safely and comfortably.  All while providing a fully  enclosed wheelhouse and salon.

Beneteau Barracuda 9 (2012-) Captain’s Report

Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve

Mission Statement

According to Beneteau, the intent of the Barracuda 9 is to create a boat that can be used by avid anglers late into the season and in all kinds of weather. She’s also a boat that can be a very capable cruiser for two people on a weekend retreat because she can go over 40 mph. A cruising couple can cruise long distances quickly and sleep aboard or ashore for an exciting nautical vacation. Her sea keeping qualities, great flexibility, and optimization of space make this boat truly unique.

[quote]The Barracuda 9 is, I think, a remarkable boat. In one respect she is like a big, offshore center console with a pilothouse. So if you’ve ever been caught out in the driving rain, or cancelled a fishing trip on the water because it was too cold, then you’ll understand the advantages of this boat. I like her because she extends the boating season no matter where on earth she is used.[/quote]

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