It’s a good thing Lenny Rudow’s an avid fisherman, because he didn’t mind showing up for work the day the Boats.com review team tested the Beneteau Barracuda 9. What he found was a very fishable walkaround that had plenty of room for family fun too. Maybe that’s why the Barracuda won “Best powerboat under 30 feet” at the 2012 Newport Boat Show.
Read Lenny’s Beneteau Barracuda 9 Boat Test Notes
Yeah, okay, I’m faking it. Believe me, I’d much rather be offshore right now, fighting fish like tunas and billfish. But, work before pleasure. Fortunately today part of that work includes reviewing the Beneteau Barracuda 9. Come on, check it out.
Now I hate those fake catalog and video fishing shots as much as you do, but I insisted on bringing a rod to start the review today, and here’s why. I wanted to prove that this Barracuda gives you the 360 degree fishability of a center console. And at the same time, it gives you all the comfort and convenience of a full sized cabin.
Design and Features
Now the Barracuda 9 is available with or without this flybridge, but I’m telling you, you gotta get it. It’s a lot more substantial than one would think; there’s seating for two, a full set of controls, and running the boat from up here is just wonderful.
One of the ways Beneteau gained so much cockpit here is by pushing this transom all the way back. Now I know what you’re thinking: tilt the motors up and they’ll hit it, right? Ahah. The whole transom tilts up so then you can bring the motors all the way out of the water.
Read the rest of the Beneteau Barracuda 9 Video Boat Review transcript