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Beneteau Barracuda 9
Draft (engines down): 2'8"
Bridge Clearance: 11'8"
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Displacement: 7,584 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 106 gal.
Max Horsepower: 450
Test day brought a steady breeze and a nasty 2- to 3-foot chop, just right for showing off the Air Step. Our test boat rose quickly onto plane with minimal bow rise and rode easily even at high cruising speed. We confess to grinning broadly, because we were piloting it from its (optional $5,000) flying bridge, settled securely within its molded sides as the 9 played in the seas.
The Barracuda 9 offers seating for five in the pilothouse, two on pedestal helm and companion seats — with flip-up bolsters for standing — and three side-by-side against the aft cabin bulkhead. Fold-down tables mount on the pilothouse sides, and there’s a small galley with a sink and a stove with a single gas burner. Headroom is 6 feet 6 inches. Air conditioning and heat are optional, as is a bow thruster.
Belowdecks, the Barracuda 9 offers a V-berth and an enclosed head. On deck, there’s comfortable seating in front of and on the aft side of the pilothouse, plus a full-width stern seat.
Comparable model: Minor Offshore 28