Designed by Alberto Mancini of Trieste-based Amyachtdesign, the Barracuda 27 retains the distinctive foredeck arrangement, with a combined windscreen and skylight, along with clean lines and a touch of vintage appeal. Ideal as a tender for larger yachts, the Barracuda's 8.2-metre length also enables her to be trailered, so she should be equally at home as a standalone powerboat.

Barracuda 27

Down below, the cabin features a double bed that reaches up to the ceiling, creating a chaise lounge, which is well lit by the large skylight. The combination of quilted leather and teak is designed to generate a very classy and indulgent space - and with an icebox and a walk-in heads compartment, the Barracuda 27 can be used not just as a dayboat but also as a cruising platform for two people.

Up on deck, the bimini-top retracts beneath the sunbathing settee to create a very clean and uninhibited space. Both the helm and passenger seats are also hung laterally, increasing the room available on the cockpit floor. And as you would expect, the external fabrics and hull color can both be customised to satisfy individual tastes. As for the power options, it will be offered with either a single sterndrive Volvo 300hp D4 (giving a maximum speed of 40 knots) or a pair of sterndrive Volvo 220hp D3s (for a top speed of around 44 knots).

The new 27 will be available to buy in the summer of 2012, but if you want the chance to get a test drive before committing to a purchase, it will be available for a concerted on water trial through Free Charter in Sardinia. Visit Barracuda Yachts or to keep up to speed on progress.


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.