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Brief Summary

Here’s a boat that has been popular for nearly 5 years in Europe, and as of last year she’s now being offered in the United States. The Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC takes the concept of a center console and applies it to what might otherwise have been an express cruiser. This boat is really more for classy entertaining, watersports or comfortable coastal cruising, more than fishing, but of course, she can do that, too.

Key Features

  • 3-seats leaning post at pilot station
  • Integrated remote control location
  • Forward cockpit saloon
  • Port folding side bench
  • Bench storage
  • Cockpit table ''luxe''
  • Swim platform and folding swim ladder
  • Ski rings
  • Rod storage
  • Fresh water system and shower
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27'5''
    8.36 m
    Beam 9' 9''
    2.97 m
    Dry Weight 5,291 lbs.
    2,400 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2'
    0.61 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 106 gal.
    401 L
    Water Capacity 25 gal.
    95 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    The Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC has a LOA of 27’5” (8.36 m), a beam of 9’9” (2.97 m) and a draft of 2’ (.61 m). She’s designed for fishing, cruising and even overnighting.

    Mission Statement

    Open dayboating becomes the focal point of the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC. She’s a huge center console that accommodates the usual aspect of fishing, but she is much, much more boat than that. She clearly has what is among the highest freeboards in class. With her center console there are gathering and sunning areas to both bow and stern. An on-deck galley provides the entertaining focal point. And when the trips take her away from her homeport, there’s room to berth two inside the console.There are few boats quite like her being sold these days in the U.S. She has been sold in Europe for five years and boaters there seem to like the remarkable versatility and utility that comes with this refreshing design.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC profile shot
    Notice how the high freeboard is carried so far back, but the rubrail tricks the eye into seeing a graceful sheer line even though it is virtually horizontal. Bow rails add even more to the safety factor. Below the waterline is the warped-V Jeanneau hull.

    Jeanneau may be a relatively new name in the U.S.

    , but in Europe it enjoys massive popularity with a name as recognizable as Kleenex or Snickers is in America. In fact, in 2012 Jeanneau celebrated its 30th year selling sail and powerboats, but what really impresses is the volume. (Jeanneau is part of the Beneteau Group.)The focus was previously on smaller boats, nearly 4,500 per year going out the factory doors, 1,500 per year going to France alone.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    There’s plenty of room to move about. Here we can see the side flip-out bench seats tucked away to port.

    Major Features

    • Very high freeboard
    • Triple wide helm seat
    • Two berths in cabin
    • Single or twin engine configurations
    • 3-seat leaning post
    • Forward cockpit saloon convertible into a sundeck (option)
    • Aft cockpit convertible into sundeck (option)
    • 3 cockpit storage spaces
    • Sliding cabin door provides easy access even when underway
    • Rack for fishing rods
    • Storage nets
    • Transom rod holders
    • Console ventilation window
    • Single or twin engine configurations

    Features Inspection

    Main Deck

    On deck the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC speaks of an open boat with plenty of room for socializing. This is a welcome departure from the center consoles dedicated only to fishing and we’ve long been proponents of the fact that it’s this sort of boat that would make an excellent cruising boat for day excursions. Cap Camarat has taken that concept seriously by even adding overnight accommodations below deck. But let’s start our look at the features out in the fresh air first.For this model year, some subtle changes have been made. Jeanneau is now going with two-toned outside upholstery with a combination of light and dark grey. The hull has received some new highlighting with regards to color and shading. Bimini options for color now include Sunbrella Plus Silver. New electronics are offered. And Mercury pre-rigging is now offered.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC seating layout
    Seating is the least of the concerns on the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC. Tables add dining functionality if desired. Notice how the console surrounds the panel.

    The Helm is center mounted

    in the wide console. Three across seating offers the captain both the safety of additional eyes looking ahead and the company of guests to converse with as the trip unfolds.The console is quite high, which serves well to add protection, but not so high as to interfere with visibility. A large flat area just below the upper panel will no doubt serve as a space to add the usual stuff such as sunscreen, cell phones and the like. The molded console literally wraps around the panel, so the sides, heavy “shoulders” add strength while also serving as a mounting point for vertically mounted grab handles.

    Electronics Packages

    With a single moving map display residing in the upper panel and a multifunction screen in the lower, clutter is left off the dash entirely. Upgraded electronics are offered for this model year. Buyers can choose from either the Lowrance Elite 5 or 7, both of which include a moving map display and fishfinder with a hi-def transom-mounted transducer, or upgrade to the HDS GEN2 9” (23 cm) touch display. The beauty of this upgraded version is that it includes a thru-hull transducer and the sonic hub allowing full functionality of the upgraded sound system, even with Bluetooth functionality.A flush mounted compass is at the top center of the console, directly inline with the helm. The wheel is mounted closer to the horizontal than we typically see and in this manner a bit more space is offered behind the helm.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC helm
    If there was ever a model for an uncluttered panel, this is it. There’s even a minimal amount of electrical switches. The wraparound windshield offers protection for all three occupants of the helm seat.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    Certainly the term “leaning post” applies here as the helm seating lends itself more to operations from the standing position.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    While we haven’t tested this model, the builder tells us that she’s topped out at 45 knots with a pair of Yamaha 225s on the back.

    The cockpit features wide-open space

    making an ideal area whether fishing or for mingling with guests. When underway, the standard benches will seat four across the transom and two more flip-out from under the bulwarks to both sides seating another four people in relaxed comfort. Behind the aft bench, there’s a ski tow pylon adding watersports to the day’s fun. Available teak decking only adds to the allure of the boat.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    This boat is rigged for towing and it is clear that her cockpit can handle a crowd with fold-away bench seats under both the port and starboard gunwales.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC cockpit seating
    Seating in the spacious cockpit can be configured in multiple layouts, or folded away completely to allow for open space when mingling with guests or working a fish aboard.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    A ski to pylon adds to the watersports enjoyment onboard the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC.

    Two Leaning Post Configurations

    Whether cruising or fishing, the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC can deliver with a choice of leaning post configurations.

    An on-deck galley

    brings cooking and food prep to the center of the party. It includes a sink, refrigerator, and a space for adding an optional gas stove with a separate compartment for storing the propane tank below the sink.

    A more fishing-focused leaning post

    adds an aerated livewell but still includes a removable gas stove, so this might be the more attractive option for converting back and forth between tasks.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC leaning post configurations
    Choose between two leaning post configurations based on the mission of the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC leaning post
    The "leaning post" as seen from the rear when in leaning mode.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC gas stove
    With the leaning post seat up we see a large counter with a gas stove and sink. Refrigeration can go underneath.

    Bow Layout

    Forward there is wrap-around bench seating that opposes the wide bench seat just ahead of the console. A filler cushion can be added to the starboard side to create another seat. And of course the entire area can be filled in to create a massive sun pad.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC sun pad
    The entire foredeck can be filled in to create a huge sun pad.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC bulwarks
    It’s impressive to see just how high those bulwarks come up. That’s a feature that customers with families will love. Cargo net storage is under the portside bulwarks. The teak decking adds class and notice the pedestal base for the table.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC bow table
    A table in the bow and another in the aft cockpit makes the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC a capable entertaining platform.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC bow sun pad
    Any secluded spot will become more enjoyable with the transformation of the bow seating into a sun pad.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC running shot
    Just look at those high topsides. This hull looks more like it comes from the likes of an express fish boat instead of a typical center console.

    Below Deck

    Entrance to the cabin is via an offset companionway

    and two solid wood steps provide access. To both sides of the entry are single berths against the outer bulkheads. A sink is located in the center, just next to the entry steps, and this makes cleanups before turning in a convenient affair. Forward is a Porta-Potti and a toilet with holding tank is available as an option. Upholstery is colored in Orion White.Climate control is had from either opening hatches or a 12V air conditioning system that has already become a popular option with Florida customers. Currently, there is no generator option but that is something the design team at Jeanneau is working on, we're told.

    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC berths
    Down below, the Cap Camarat 8.5 CC can sleep two in separate berths. The cabin includes a sink and Porta-Potti.
    Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC cabin
    The Cap Camarat 8.5 CC's high freeboard, high console and forward seat provide enough room below to make this cabin roomy enough for a weekend outing.

    Power Choices

    The Cap Camarat 8.5 CC can be ordered as a single engine boat, with power options up to 350-hp. For those that will continually engage in longer trips, the redundancy of twin engines will be hard to ignore, and she can easily be rigged for engines up to 225-hp each. She takes long shaft (25”/64cm) engines and with the recent addition of Mercury to the offerings, four different manufacturers are now available: Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Mercury.


    We think the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC is a breath of fresh air in the center console design concept and she certainly has far more utility than many conventional fishing CC's this size. With the teak deck and full amenities, this boat is a capable vessel for many uses and may be just the answer for people down-sizing from larger cruising boats.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional


    Refrigerator Optional
    Stove Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Bimini Top Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Optional


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