Loyal readers will have seen our exclusive write-ups over the past months regarding our invitation to Bénéteau Boats’ international press week. Previously we looked at their motor yacht range called Monte Carlo – which is built to impress with the high level of quality and finishing to compliment the aesthetics. This month we get better acquainted with Bénéteau’s equally awesome powerboats – the Flyer 5 and 7 to see if they have what it takes to be part of this stunning family.
You’ll notice that the models, although not entirely dissimilar, are targeted at very different markets. The Flyer 5 base configurations sees the interior set out as a SpaceDeck or alternatively in a more family-friendly SunDeck model – while the Flyer 7 offers the basically the same, yet is slightly bigger. I don’t have enough space within these pages to get into too much detail on each craft, but I’ll try to cover the basics as to why each is worth looking at as your next purchase.
Firstly, they all look gorgeous. I had the opportunity to chat to the lead designer of the latest Flyer models who comes from a strong background in designing cars – where the brand’s badge up front in the centre shows a sense of pride and ownership and the broad shoulder lines that are synonymous with being strong and performance-driven. Bénéteau has implemented this ideology into their boats to create models which don’t only work superbly well, but look outstandingly too.
The SpaceDeck models are a centre console design with a walkaround on either side where your kids can have the bow all to themselves – or you can quickly and easily install the cocktail table and serve sandwiches and sundowners. Alternatively, if you prefer lazing the day on the water, take a look at the SunDeck model which showcases a generous sized bow equipped with the perfect tanning deck which is level with the top of the gunwales. This means that on the Flyer 7, a large cabin is located inside the helm complete with sleeping space for two, easily, a heads unit as well as a mini galley to the port side.