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Beneteau Flyer 12

Beneteau Flyer Review

25th 2011

Issue: 2006


This Mademoiselle offers performance and for money.



Beneteau a family that’s been boats in for more a century. 1884, it building robust capable of regardless of weather. The were built a dedication excellent workmanship with a respect for safety of people who to sea them.

In early days, company built yachts, but 1977, the Beneteau powerboats launched. These were built the same innovation and of safety other vessels the yard. late 2005, launched the 12m.

What it the said?

Over above the recognised qualities safety, practicality Flyer 12 our capacity innovate and improving performance comfort.

And after test, the Boating team only agree.


Even the Flyer retains the of having revolutionary IPS (which deliver better performance) Australian importer Beneteau Powerboats, Marine, is bringing shaft models into country. This change in as Australia’s of Volvo’s increases, but can still an IPS if they

But IPS aside, the to the 12’s performance handling lies her evolutionary The boat a V-shaped with a tulip bow easy passage the sea good spray Plenty of by Beneteau’s D Department hydrodynamics went the hull’s design and result is sea boat performs better harder you her.

This another of new generation hulls with down-turned and chines starting at the bow entry continuing all way back the transom.

are probably sick of this, because have said many times recent boat but what setup does trap air the outer of the and the This creates cushion of for the to ride which softens overall ride.

These wide, chines improve stability at and when and the performance can further enhanced the use trim tabs. don’t need trim, but little at right time, when the is running on’, really the ride.

props are in mini which mean operate in water for ‘bite’, which performance, reduces slippage and cavitation. It reduces the overall draft. has obvious But the news about of this is that you end with is 40-footer you throw around a speedboat complete confidence.

Volvo D6 diesels power test boat a top of 33 at 3500rpm. speed-to-rpm readings 7.6 knots 1000rpm; 8.8 at 1500rpm; knots at and 18.5 at 2500rpm. 3200rpm the cruises comfortably 24 knots. this speed twin 600lt tanks will her a of around hours, or bit over nautical miles.


The uses a single-skin fibreglass for the while the section is using a wood sandwich reinforce the In other she’s bloody

The deck also of sandwich construction resin) for maximum strength-to-weight and improved and sound An inner-deck reinforces the and the deck is with a gel coat complete safety moving around cockpit and forward to

The Flyer is a 40-footer lacking of the of her Designed by Sarrazin, her exterior lines matched by well-thought out layout.

Beneteau Flyer 12

On boat the owner’s stateroom good ventilation, storage, a island double and its spacious and en suite. guest’s cabin amidships. It a double standing headroom the end the bed its own smaller) en-suite.

The helm positioned at front of main saloon. offers good to all a comfortable position, full and two seats, so driver doesn’t to go alone. A sunroof with skylights (for natural lighting the saloon when the is closed) a great

The full-equipped extends along entire portside wall and covered by classy wooden top when in use. a wide between the and U-shaped and dining to starboard. dining table cleverly designed features a bottle and rack beneath glass cover its centre.

sliding door to the aft cockpit, is sheltered the elements the extended roof. Place removable table four or director’s chairs the uncluttered deck and can enjoy bit of dining.

Wide and a bowrail down side of main saloon a trip the bow although, thanks the remote windlass, this is rarely Unless you to soak a few on the sunpad, that

The Beneteau 12m is strong vessel the ride handling to heavy going her stride. can throw 40-footer around a ski with confidence from our you’d be to get drop of on the Her standard fit-out and is fantastic.

optioned with the goodies bow thruster, a 4Kva a 240V in the cockpit and more, will you back which is good value a ‘ready go’ 40-footer. you wish upgrade to Volvo IPS you’ll have budget for $50,000.


A Volvo’s drive features leg with forward facing It was inspired by company’s well yacht Sail which has leg coming the underside the hull of the

IPS delivers forward thrust improved power the prop. set-up correctly, cavitation in should be

The IPS essentially a arrangement, with legs coming either side a deep-vee keel. Some feel uncomfortable the props so exposed, Volvo has the leg drop off severe circumstances, as a grounding, without the hull engine.

Twin 370hp Volvo shaft-drives power Flying 12m. IPS drives an option.

four adults and a load of the Flying returned the performance figures.

Beneteau Flyer 12
Beneteau Flyer 12
Beneteau Flyer 12
Beneteau Flyer 12


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