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Brief Summary

The Beneteau Barracuda 27 is an enclosed pilothouse boat designed for versatility with outdoor seating areas fore and aft, a compact salon and sleeping space for four belowdecks. She’s available with accessory packages focused on fishing or cruising and her deep-V bottom is designed to handle less-than-ideal sea conditions.

Key Features

  • AirStep2 bottom
  • Available fold-out seating for eight in cockpit
  • Bow seating area
  • Stand-up head
  • V-berth and aft cabin
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29' 2''
    8.89 m
    Beam 9' 7''
    2.92 m
    Dry Weight 8,254 lbs.
    3,744 kg
    Tested Weight 10,121 lbs.
    4,591 kg
    - Draft Up 2'
    0.61 m
    - Draft Down 2' 11''
    0.89 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    1.96 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 106 gal.
    401 L
    Water Capacity 42 gal.
    159 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 200-hp Mercury XL
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.3 2.8 1.1 3.0 2.6 282 245.1 59
    1000 5.6 4.9 2.1 2.7 2.3 254 221.2 69
    1500 7.5 6.5 3.4 2.2 1.9 210 183.0 68
    2000 9.2 8.0 6.1 1.5 1.3 144 125.5 67
    2500 10.7 9.3 8.9 1.2 1.0 115 99.7 75
    3000 17.7 15.3 12.1 1.5 1.3 139 121.0 75
    3500 23.9 20.8 15.6 1.5 1.3 146 127.1 79
    4000 28.5 24.7 19.1 1.5 1.3 142 123.9 80
    4500 34.1 29.6 27.2 1.3 1.1 119 103.8 80
    5300 40.5 35.2 34.8 1.2 1.0 111 96.4 81
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 245.1 454 5.30 4.16 1.28 59
    1000 221.2 409 9.00 7.95 1.15 69
    1500 183.0 338 12.10 12.87 0.94 68
    2000 125.5 232 14.80 23.09 0.64 67
    2500 99.7 185 17.20 33.69 0.51 75
    3000 121.0 224 28.50 45.80 0.64 75
    3500 127.1 235 38.50 59.05 0.64 79
    4000 123.9 229 45.90 72.30 0.64 80
    4500 103.8 192 54.90 102.96 0.55 80
    5300 96.4 179 65.20 131.73 0.51 81

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.7 sec.
    0 to 30 7.1 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 17P Rev 4 cntr rotate
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 76 deg., 68 humid; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: 1

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 running
    The Beneteau Barracuda 27 has an LOA of 29’2” (8.89 m) with a 9’7” (2.92 m) beam and standard power is twin 200-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboards.

    Mission Statement

    Beneteau has designed the Barracuda 27 to serve the many masters that come in an active family. She comes with an open aft cockpit that can be upgraded with up to four optional fold-out seats and seating in the bow. To escape the heat or a passing shower, the enclosed pilothouse has booth style seating in the compact salon plus a small galley. Belowdecks, there’s sleeping space for up to four and a private head with a pull-up shower. Available cruising and fishing packages let an owner customize the boat to his family’s needs and twin Mercury outboards provide the power for coastal or offshore cruising.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 floor plan
    The Barracuda 27 is laid out for easy passage on each side of the pilothouse and inviting accommodations belowdecks.

    Major Features

      Multiple Seating Options Available in Cockpit. All of the seats tuck into the gunwales when not in use.

      Full Height Glass Salon Door. Creates seamless flow from the cockpit to the salon, which lends itself to entertaining.

      Dual Side Pilothouse Doors. Facilitate entering and exiting the helm area to make it easier to tie up for single-handing captains.

      Sunroof in Hardtop. Opens manually to let in fresh air and rid the area of any fumes from cooking at the galley.

      Large Hullside Windows. Let in natural light belowdecks to give the area a more spacious, open feel.

    Features Inspection

    The Cockpit. Our test boat came with Beneteau’s optional cockpit seating that includes a sliding bench seat with a cushion and two foldable lounges that tuck into the gunwales. The aft, forward-facing seat comes standard. The sliding bench can be moved into position just ahead of the aft unit to create a double wide lounge. Slide it forward, fold out the two side seats and drop in the optional cockpit table for a comfortable booth where the family can enjoy lunch. There’s storage in the bases of the aft bench and in the sliding seat.

    A passageway to starboard leads aft to the water-level swim step, but the area only closes off with a cable. Conversely, the port, the passageway to the swim step on that side, which is equipped with a four-step ladder and grab handle, closes with a stainless-steel gate.

    The starboard swim step is 2’ (.61 m) deep and 2’2” (.66 m) wide at its broadest point and it’s a 16” step (.41 m) up to the entry to the cockpit. The port-side passage is on the same level as the swim step and both stern walkways are 17” (.43 m) wide. There’s also 17” (.43 m) of space between the pilothouse and the bulwarks on each side.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 aft bench
    Here we see the optional sliding bench seat pushed up against the aft bench to create a double-wide lounge.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27
    Push the sliding seat forward to create booth-style seating in the cockpit.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 four seats
    Fold down all four seats to accommodate up to eight people in the cockpit. This is a remarkable seating plan for a cocktail party or picnic. When the party is over, the seats fold up and the cockpit is ready for action.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 cockpit table
    Add the table to create a cozy spot to enjoy lunch.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 table
    Here we see the table with all of the seats stowed.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 passage
    The starboard passageway to the swim step is raised and closes off with a cable.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 swim step
    The starboard swim step extends past the outboards and is covered in nonskid.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 swim step
    Opposite, the port swim step has the four-step ladder that tucks into dedicated slots and a stainless-steel grabrail.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 aft port gate
    The port-side passage to the stern closes with a stainless-steel gate.

    The Bow

    As passengers head forward on the Barracuda 27, the passageways on each side remain 17” (.43 m) wide outboard of the pilothouse. In the port passage is the under-deck storage locker for the propane tank that fuels the galley stove. There is a boarding door in the starboard hullside adjacent to the helm. Our test boat had the optional bow seating that consists of a bench on the front of the house with two aft-facing small cushions on each side of the foredeck area.

    That space is occupied by the anchor locker and a capstan. The boat comes standard with a windlass for the anchor and there’s excellent access to the rode locker. For boarding from the bow, there’s a split in the rail that can be closed with a cable.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 dive door
    This door in the starboard hullside provides another boarding option and is adjacent to the helm.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 bow
    The optional seats make the bow area more inviting with forward and aft-facing cushions.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 fore deck
    The Barracuda 27’s foredeck has two cupholders and 10” cleats flanking the anchor locker and a center capstan for the anchor rode. All is needed is a fair lead.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 capstan
    If an owner wants to double up on anchors or tie off the lines securely after backing into a slip with pilings for the bow, the capstan provides a secure location.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 windlass
    Not all 27’ (8.23 m) boats come standard with a windlass and this anchor locker is properly laid out with a place to store the remote forward to starboard and the rode locker to port.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 rode locker
    The fact that our cameraman had the room to get this shot tells us that there’s excellent access to the grounding tackle.

    The Pilothouse

    The Salon. Doublewide glass doors in powder-coated aluminum frames slide open for easy entry into the salon. The opening is 31” wide, but down low, one of the salon seats cuts that to 16” (.41 m) wide, so people will want to be aware of that when entering. Immediately inside, there are facing lounges with storage in the base. The battery switches are in a small glovebox-style compartment in the base of the starboard seat.

    A stainless steel pole that extends from the deck to the overhead is for more than entertainment. A table that secures into the overhead can be slid down to create a booth-style dinette. Also, in the overhead is a large manually opened sunroof. Forward to port, a hatch lifts to reveal the sink and propane stove. Across, the refrigerator drawer is in the base of the helm seat.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon doors
    The salon doors open wide to facilitate entry into the Barracude 27’s pilothouse.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon seats
    The salon doors open wide to facilitate entry into the Barracude 27’s pilothouse.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 battery switches
    The battery switches are positioned to be in reach from the cockpit or helm.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27
    There’s storage in the base of both salon seats. Smaller removable hatches make it easier to retrieve the contents.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 in deck hatch
    The in-deck hatch between the salon seats opens to reveal a large storage compartment and notice the powder-coated aluminum ladder.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon table stowed
    When storage space is at a premium, the smart place to stow the salon table is overhead.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon table
    Release a retaining pin and loosen a large plastic knob to lower the salon table.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon table
    Once the table is in the position the user wants, simply tighten the plastic knob and the salon is now a cozy place to enjoy lunch.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 sun roof
    The large sunroof opens up above the helm and salon to let the sunshine in.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 counter top
    Forward to port, the galley is beneath this hinged countertop.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 galley
    The galley hatch stays open thanks to the forward gas strut and beneath are a sink with a foldup faucet and a propane stove with a pot holder.

    The Helm. Across from the galley, the helm has a 31” (.79 m)-wide two-person seat with a foldup bolster. Our test boat had the optional Electronics Upgrade Pack with the 12” (30.5 cm) Lowrance HDS 12” Carbon multifunction display and the joystick for the optional bow thruster is just alongside above the steering wheel. To starboard are the Mercury SmartCraft screen and two analog fuel gauges.

    Accessory switches are to port of the fixed position wheel and the Mercury digital controls are to starboard. The compass is properly positioned in line with the steering wheel. Outboard to each side are full height sliding doors that make it easy for the single-handing captain to handle amidships lines. Beneteau builds the boat with a large wraparound windshield that provides a good overall view, but with some distortion in the corners.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 double helm
    The double-wide helm seat has an open space in the backrest to let air pass through.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 drivers bolster
    The bolster can fold up for stand-up travel, but we’d like to see it split in half so the driver and a companion can each choose how they want to ride.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 helm
    The helm has a straightforward layout and we like that the screens are positioned high on the panel so they can be checked with a quick glance.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 helm dash
    Shown here is the optional 12” Lowrance chartplotter with the controls for the optional bow thruster alongside. A 9” unit is also available.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 screen
    The SmartCraft screen provides all of the engine data in one screen and the fuel gauges are just below.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 switches
    The accessory switches are labeled with icons rather than named so boaters can identify their use regardless of language.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 windlass switch
    If an owner opts for the windlass and spotlight the switches are installed down low near the emergency shutoff lanyard.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 salon door
    The starboard salon door opens to the passageway and just outboard of this is the boarding door in the hullside.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 port salon door
    There’s a similar door to port and the step up to the bow passage is just ahead.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 windshield
    Here, Captain Steve points to the distortion in the Barracuda 27’s windshield in the starboard corner.

    The Cabin. Entry to the Barracuda 27’s cabin is via twin hatches centered between the helm and galley. Abaft the cabin stairs is an amidships cabin with a berth that measures 55” (1.4 m) fore to aft and 74” (1.9 m) across. Forward is a V-shaped seating area that can be filled in to create a second berth. There are large windows in the hullsides and opening ports that let in fresh air. The private head has a folding bench that covers the toilet, a sink with a pull-up shower, and an opening port.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 cabin entry
    Adjacent to the helm, the cabin entry closes off with a traditional top hatch and two folding vertical doors.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 entry open
    Opening all of the hatches provides adult-sized access to the Barracuda 27’s cabin.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 cabin stairs
    Abaft the cabin stairs is a full-width mattress that should comfortably sleep two.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 head door
    Just ahead of the cabin stairs is the private head that has full stand-up headroom.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 toilet
    The head is fully equipped for weekending with a manual-flush toilet and sink with pull-up shower wand.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 v berth
    In the open configuration, the bow has space for folks to sit and take a break.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 berth
    Fill in the berth and there’s space for two people to sleep and notice the large hullside window and opening port.

    Fishing Options. Our test boat wasn’t equipped for fishing, but the Barracuda 27 can be upgraded for angling. The storage compartment in the aft starboard passageway to the cockpit can be ordered as a livewell and the storage compartment in the aft bench seat becomes a fishbox. A cast-net roller is on the starboard aft deck and rocket-launcher-style rod holders are installed on the trailing edge of the pilothouse hardtop.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 livewell
    For fishing, the compartment in the aft starboard passageway becomes a livewell with a clear panel for viewing bait in the hatch.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 cast net
    Just above the livewell, we see the optional stainless-steel cast net roller.
    Beneteau Barracuda 27 rocket launchers
    Five optional rocket launcher-style rod holders are custom fabricated for the Barracuda 27.

    Performance

    The Numbers. Beneteau estimates the Barracuda 27’s empty weight at 8,254 lbs. (3,744 kg). With the twin 200-hp Mercury outboards, 79.5 gallons (301 L) of fuel, two people and test equipment on board, our test model had an estimated weight of 10,121 lbs. (4,591 kg).

    The motors spun 17” (43.2 cm) pitch Mercury Rev 4, four-blade stainless steel propellers, and at 5300 rpm, we hit a top speed of 40.5 mph.

    Best cruise came at 4000 rpm, where we recorded 28.5 mph and 19.1 gph, which translated into 1.5 mpg and a range of 142 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 106-gallon (401 L) fuel capacity in reserve. In acceleration tests, the boat planed in 3.1 seconds and ran to 20 mph in 7.1 seconds. At 600 rpm, she ran 3.3 mph and at 1000 rpm, we recorded 5.6 mph.

    Beneteau Barracuda 27 running
    With twin 200-hp Mercury outboards, the Barracuda 27 tops 40.5 mph.

    Bottom Design

    Beneteau calls the Barracuda 27’s bottom design the Airstep2. It has a sharp entry with three strakes per side and chines designed to provide lift and improve efficiency. The strakes and chines end at a step in the bottom that’s at about the three-quarter mark.

    There’s a second step just ahead of the transom and both steps run forward from the chine to the keel at an angle. The transom is also notched to allow for a higher engine mounting position and to provide cleaner water to the propellers.

    Options to Consider

      • Complete mooring kit

      • Cockpit table

      • Sliding cockpit bench seat with cushion

      • Two foldable side cockpit bench seats with cushions

      • Bow thruster

      • Pump for deck washing

      • VHF radio

      • Water heater

      • 4 KVA 220-volt generator

      • Two 300-gallon (1,136 L) fuel tanks

      • Electric trim tabs

    Retail Price

      • $93,200 without power

    Observations

    The Barracuda 27 has a decidedly European feel with its enclosed pilothouse and small salon and galley. For anglers who go out to fish no matter the weather or cruisers who overnight in rainier or cooler areas such as the Pacific Northwest, the protection provided by the interior quarters could be of interest.

    Within the past year, Beneteau announced an exclusive supply partnership with Mercury, so the Suzuki outboards seen on the Beneteau website are no longer available. With the range of Mercury outboards available and the fact that the engine manufacturer has the largest worldwide dealer network, the partnership should prove to be beneficial to Beneteau and boat owners when it comes to speed of service.

    Obviously, the concept of this boat is to give the owner the maximum utility at the minimum price. She has lots of points in her favor and is certainly functional.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Beneteau Barracuda 27 (2019-) is 40.5 mph (65.2 kph), burning 34.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 131.72 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Beneteau Barracuda 27 (2019-) is 28.5 mph (45.9 kph), and the boat gets 1.5 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.64 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Mercury XL.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Generator Optional

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