The last version of the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 WA features a small yet cozy cabin, enough to give you the taste of a weekend cruise. As for the thrill, a mighty Yamaha F300 outboard pushes as fast as you want.
To be honest, I still can’t understand why Jeanneau dubs Walkaround (WA) the Cap Cammarat with a cabin. Names apart, this is a very good boat. Not just a daycruiser, but more of a weekender, with a clean and large cockpit good for fishing. Everybody on board will have their entertainment.
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 WA
The cockpit itself is the first display of a well-thought design, with a versatile layout made for relax and for gaming. There’s a recess to mount the table stand, a locker under the aft seat (whose back opens to the platform), and two tilting benches on the sides.
The helm station has a lot of free space for the electronics, and being on the starboard side leaves a large access to the fore. The front solarium is ample and well protected by a tall guard rail, so it can be used also during fast navigation.
A well-sized hatch opens to the cabin below: sink and fridge to port (but the cabinet can host a stove as well), small heads to starboard, and a dinette in the front which turns into a double bed for the night. We think there’s enough to face it: you can go cruising overnight with no fears.
The test has shown a very good match between the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 WA and the Yamaha F300 engine. This light, compact V6 unit displaces 4.2 liters, with 24 valves and double overhead camshafts (DOHC). Among the peculiar features, it has variable camshaft timing (VCT) for an improved fuel efficiency, and the drive by wire system to give better control.
In case you want to save some “grands”, though, you can go for the smaller Yamaha F250 or F225 units. They share the same block and have enough power to safely and quickly move our 7-meter boat. Our test with 300 horse power on moderate sea (remember: it means waves over 1.25 meters) allows us to reach 45 knots. Maybe it’s too much even for a throttle-happy boater, and not fully in the spirit of the model we are piloting. What really impresses thanks at this pace is the perfect seaworthiness of the hull, which smoothly crosses every wave. A responsive helm and the excellent keel allows to veer quick and sharp with no hesitation nor cavitation. The minimum plane speed is around 15 knots at 2900 rpm, with the engine sipping 23 liters per hour. From still, 4 seconds are necessary for getting into plane and another 15 for the top speed.
(The blue boat in the photos is identical to the one we tested, except for the Yamaha F225 you can see).
Length overall 7,19 mt (23ft 7in)
Length hull LH 6,96 mt (22ft 10in)
Beam 2,52 mt (8ft 3in)
Displacement 1480 Kg
Draught 0,49 mt
Fuel tank 280 lt
Max power 300
CE certification C
Moderate sea, temperature 20°C (68°F), clean hull, fuel 80 lt (21 US gal), no fresh water, 2 passengers