Beneteau Flyer 7 SunDeck convinces for marine capabilities and smart solutions.
Looking at Beneteau Flyer 7 SunDeck I realize that dayboats are evolving, and part of the merit goes to Beneteau which is developing in the Flyer range a lineup of boats combining smart and marine solutions in limited measures. Beside the SunDeck version, Flyer 7 is offered also in the SpaceDeck with center console and SportDeck with open bow.
The features of Flyer 7 SunDeck
The decoration along the side is a sort of signature for the whole range, but I can’t say I’m convinced: it takes away some linearity to the whole. Once aboard one will appreciate the large bow sun bed (173x200cm or 68x79in) and the cabin belowdecks sporting all the comforts for a short weekend: a double bed, separate heads with shower, and much light through the portholes.
The pilothouse looks cool in a different color and the windshield is protective enough. Pilot and co-pilot have two single chairs that rotate backwards to serve the cockpit dinette. In alternative Beneteau offers a double bench with galley integrated in the structure, to further enhance the livability of the boat. The aft cockpit boasts a back bench and two side seats, but can easily be transformed in a dinette or a second solarium, while access to the sea is gained by the left passageway that leads to the swim platform aside the engine.
Last but not least, the known Airstep hull in its latest evolution. Two intakes on both sides of the windscreen let air in and push it underwater, to the bottom of the hull, so the water grip is limited and performance increases (or, fuel consumption decreases, if you prefer).
The test of Beneteau Flyer 7 SunDeck
Maybe it’s the Airstep, maybe it’s the exuberant twin Suzuki DF150 engines, or the swell outside Palma de Mallorca: fact is, this test has been real fun. This powertrain is the maximum allowed on such hull, but I never got the feeling to lose control: on the contrary, the more I gain speed, the more I want to speed up, and working on the trims I pass the limit of 40 knots and 6000 rpm, with an adequate fuel consumption. Minimum plane happens at 2500 revs, as low as 10 knots with 22 lph burned. Acceleration is massive: in 3 seconds we reach the plane, nosing up a bit but never enough to worry the average-tall pilot; in another 7 seconds we are cruising at 30.
On an increasingly rough sea, the Flyer 7 proves to be a dry boat, even sitting on the aft bench during tight turns leave me protected from sprays. It may not be the first of the worries on a hot summer day, but it’s surely appreciated during a press test with photo cameras and notepads.
Length overall 7,62 mt (25ft 5in)
Length Hull LH 6,96 mt (22ft 10in)
Beam 2,73 mt (8ft 11in)
Displacement without engine 1.878 Kg
Fuel reserve 285 lt (75 US gal)
Fresh water reserve 100 lt (26 US gal)
Passengers max 10
Max power 300 HP
CE design category C-D
Smooth / slight water, temperature 18°C (64° F), clean hull, fuel 250 lt (66 US gal), water 100 lt (26 US gal), passengers 3
Beneteau Flyer 7 Sundeck, no engines€ 26.930 + taxes
Suzuki DF150from€ 12.400 + taxes