JEANNEAU MERRY FISHER 1095

We take this cruis­ing crossover for a spin

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Think of ‘Merry Fisher’ and a 6m out­board en­gine pow­ered peche prom­e­nade wheel­base fish­ing boat that you’ll find tucked into ev­ery har­bour and in­let in Europe, springs to mind. It’s been a hugely suc­cess­ful genre and the good news is that Jeanneau is con­tin­u­ing with it.

In re­cent years the brand has been stretched, and stretched again. Jeanneau has taken full ad­van­tage of the rise in the pop­u­lar­ity and power out­puts of out­board engines to de­liver its largest Merry Fisher yet – the 32ft MF 1095.

It looks ex­actly as you’d ex­pect – a ‘stretched limo’ ver­sion of the smaller boats with the same up­right wheel­house and clamshell roof on black pil­lars as the rest of the range. From a dis­tance, the only ob­vi­ous dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion, aside from the length, is ad­di­tional hull win­dows.

Step aboard via the star­board sec­tion of plat­form that juts out past the twin out­board engines and you’ll find a cock­pit geared more to­ward so­cial cruis­ing than fish­ing. It’s clear that de­spite the name, Jeanneau has aimed this boat firmly at its cruis­ing, rather than an­gling, clien­tele. So you have fixed seat­ing across the stern and up the port side, with a short third leg in front of the fixed por­tion of the slid­ing wheel­house door. The star­board side is kept clear, eas­ing ac­cess to the tran­som door and for­ward to the wider of the asym­met­ric side decks. Cun­ningly, the aft seat is on tracks so that in nor­mal use it is pushed right back against the out­board engines, max­imis­ing space. Should you wish to tilt the out­boards clear of the wa­ter, the seat slides for­ward cre­at­ing a gap for the en­gine pow­er­heads to swing into.

The deck saloon it­self has some neat touches. Two dou­ble seats face each other across a din­ing ta­ble on the port side, but the for­ward (aft fac­ing) seat can­tilevers to cre­ate for­ward fac­ing seat­ing un­der­way. The star­board side is mostly gal­ley be­hind the sin­gle helm seat, the

helms­man gain­ing a side door which not only of­fers im­me­di­ate ac­cess to the side deck but also gives a sense of con­nec­tion to the wa­ter rush­ing by, and of course masses of light and ven­ti­la­tion, aug­mented by two glass hatches.

In the­ory, Jeanneau presents this boat with ei­ther a two or three-cabin lay­out. In prac­tice, the lay­out stays the same. So you get a master cabin for­ward, its cen­tre­line is­land dou­ble a nice touch in a sub mid-30ft boat. You also get a sin­gle gen­er­ous heads with a shower stall.

But you pay for both th­ese things with a sec­ond cabin that is pretty much just a small dou­ble bed running back be­neath the dinette, hemmed in on both sides by the cabin walls. The third cabin is smaller still – Jeanneau de­scribes it as a dou­ble berth, but it’s cer­tainly ex­tremely cosy.

So what of that al­ter­na­tive two-cabin lay­out? Well, it’s ex­actly the same, only there is no bed in the third cabin, it’s a stor­age area in­stead. Per­son­ally I’d opt for three cab­ins re­gard­less and sim­ply store things on the bed, at least then you have it should you need it. In fact, if you’re a real glut­ton for pun­ish­ment, as well as sleep­ing six on the lower deck, the dinette con­verts into an­other dou­ble, but be pre­pared to queue for the fa­cil­i­ties in the morn­ing…

Those two 350hp Yama­has sug­gest se­ri­ous po­tency, but you need to re­mem­ber that this 32-footer weighs al­most five tonnes with­out engines. Add the two 4.2 litre V6 Yama­has at a quar­ter of a tonne each in the worst pos­si­ble place right at the back of the boat, and it’s not quite the rocket ship you might have hoped for. But re­cal­i­brate your ex­pec­ta­tions and the per­for­mance is en­tirely suf­fi­cient, with a 37-knot top end giv­ing gen­uine 30-knot cruis­ing abil­ity.

More im­pres­sive is what’s go­ing on at the bot­tom end of the plan­ing speed range, be­cause, de­spite that half tonne hang­ing off the tran­som, the Merry Fisher 1095 lifts onto the plane at sur­pris­ingly low speed, runs re­mark­ably level and doesn’t need a fist­ful of throt­tle to get it there.

Han­dling is a sim­i­lar story. No, you can’t throw it into turns like a race boat and yes, if you push it hard, you can in­duce cav­i­ta­tion in the outer pro­pel­ler as it lifts as the boat banks. But why would you want to? As ever, Jeanneau has the fun­da­men­tal hull dy­nam­ics spot on. As a boat to cruise with, it’s ex­cel­lent, and when you reach your des­ti­na­tion that prac­ti­cal lay­out works well. If you want to get your hands on the last word in speed and dy­nam­ics, then you’ll need to look else­where (in fact, look at Jeanneau’s new Cap Ca­ma­rat 9.0 – that’s a se­ri­ous driver’s ma­chine) be­cause what this boat does is sim­ply up­hold those prac­ti­cal, sen­si­ble val­ues that put its smaller sib­lings into al­most ev­ery har­bour and in­let in Europe in the first place.

BUILD: GRP RCD: B8/C10 per­sons LOA: 32ft 11in (10.50m) Beam: 10ft 11in(3.35m) Draught 2ft 3in (0.69) Dis­place­ment: 5.1 tonnes Price from: £181,813 As tested: £196,956 En­quiries: www.jeanneau.com

Twin 350hp Yamaha out­boards give the MF1095 a top speed of 37 knots

THROT­TLES Yamaha’s elec­tronic throt­tles are ex­cep­tion­ally smooth and sen­si­tive SIDE DOOR The slid­ing helm door gives easy ac­cess to the sid­edeck and a good con­nec­tion with the sea

The mat­tress fills the full width of the guest cabin The wheel­house is blessed with plenty of light and fresh air The soli­tary but spa­cious heads serves all three cab­ins The dinette seat can face back­wards or for­wards ABOVE The for­ward master cabin en­joys the lion’s share of the space and stor­age be­low decks

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