We Say: The word for incredible in French is incroyable, and it is written large on the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 WA Series 2 we tested.
Tied stern-to, stepping aboard is easy due to two decks flanking the outboard. With side benches stowed under the gunwales, the cockpit is clear for those who want to fish. Two padded helm chairs with flip-up bolsters give the captain and mate support. The helm is offset to starboard and offers a dash large enough for two 7-inch screens, such as the Lowrance Elite or HDS Gen III in the option list. The helm is glare-free and compass is centered.
A clear companionway hatch lets in light for those below. A compact galley, enclosed head and a dinette, which converts into a double berth, are also below. Forward, the giant bow sun deck offers alfresco relaxation.
Based on a hull design from Michael Peters Yacht Design, the 7.5 WA ate 2- to 3-foot waves off the coast of Cannes, France. Equipped with Yamaha’s F300 outboard, it jumped on plane in four seconds and reached top speed in about 10 seconds. The sweet spot is right around 24 mph at 3,500 rpm, burning 8.6 gph for a predicted 2.8 mpg.
Who’d Want One: Boaters seeking handling élan and chic style.
Another Choice: Robalo‘s R245 ($108,202 base price, powered by a single Yamaha F300).
Bottom Line: $74,055 (base price with Yamaha F250); jeanneau.com