The Beneteau Barracuda 9, is an entirely new boat for the North American market -- but it is not a new concept. Boats like her are all over Scandinavia and Greenland and islands in between. She is aimed at providing a unique blend of safe offshore seaworthiness coupled with all of the basic creature comforts for day boating with the occasional overnight stay. Built around the patented Air Step hull, the Barracuda 9 was designed to be both fuel efficient and be able handle snotty conditions. Commuters in the northern latitude Archipelagos never know what is going to be blowing in from the North Sea or the Arctic, and this design will get them back safely and comfortably.