Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1295 Fly – Full throttle

A twelve-metre boat for coastal cruises with plenty of living space, both inside and out. But it is also a pleasure to handle, with good performance and carries three outboards, each developing 300 horsepower

by Barche – photo by Julien Gazeau

The dimensions have increased, and the new flagship has arrived, but the approach of Jeanneau’s Merry Fisher brand remains unchanged: the boats are spacious, functional, have well-built hulls and can carry outboards. The 1295 Fly has remained faithful to this approach and has been positioned at the top of a range that starts at six metres and includes seven models. This twelve-metre flybridge boat is designed for weekend family cruising along the coast, or a bit more if required. It has three cabins, two bathrooms, a flybridge and a fully loaded displacement that takes some moving (the one I tried was heavily accessorised, even with a Seakeeper stabiliser). But this isn’t a house/boat. You shouldn’t get the feeling that it’s in any way too tranquil. Of course, the first thing a good parent should think about is safety and comfort. But there also needs to be some room for fun. Aft there are three 300-horsepower Yamaha V6s.

The steering position has been carefully designed, with an adjustable steering wheel and easy-to-read instruments. The seat swivels to face the dining table. In the central saloon, a U-shaped sofa surrounds the dining table, which can also be lowered to create two additional berths.

The first thing that came to mind while I tried out the 1295 on a beautiful spring day off Cannes was how the era of the traditionalpêche promenade, old French fishing boats that had been converted for cruising, is now prehistory. The top speed I recorded says a lot about it: at maximum revs, with the Zipwake stabilisers working, I touched 38 knots. That’s not bad for a “conservative family boat”. What’s more, it was very reactive to the electronic controls, and fun too – you have to be careful not to let yourself get carried away, especially when accelerating. Once on the plane, the waterlines show they are well-designed and true to the Merry Fisher tradition. Even though the boat has a lot of power, yawing is never excessive, skidding angles are gentle, and no reaction is nervous or unpredictable.

As could be expected, fuel consumption increases considerably at full throttle, and you use just over 300 litres an hour (8.13 litres per nautical mile). But you can choose from a wide span of speeds to get the right one for you, and it glides at 12 knots. The best speed for longer trips (economy cruising) is 21 knots, with per-mile consumption falling to 5.71 litres of petrol (120 litres per hour). That is a good halfway house, as “normal” cruising speed is 27 knots, with the gauge not showing much increase and coming in at 160 litres per hour.

The master cabin has very good natural light. As well as the two side windows, there is a third forward facing window in the base of the sunpad above.

Moving on from the figures, the great thing about the new Merry Fisher is how liveable it is. The first thing I liked about it was the kitchen that looks onto the cockpit, a perfect solution for a boat of this size, and which joins the inside and out in a very functional way. Staying aft, the starboard side folds down very cleverly, a feature that comes as standard, giving easy access to the sea straight from the cockpit. This has practically become obligatory on any kind of boat, but this is the perfect use for it, given that the three outboards don’t leave a lot of usable space on the stern platform.

It is generally very easy to get around, and onboard footflow has been carefully researched. There is a door in the port side for getting onto the quay if you are moored side on, another to get onto the stern passerelle (also to port), and one to get straight onto the bridge (to starboard). There is also yet another opening that means you can get straight onto the side deck from the helm. There was just one thing I didn’t like about getting around, and that was the ladder leading up to the flybridge, which is very steep and not very easy to use. The foredeck has another area that has been very well handled, with three sun loungers with armrests that face two other small sofas. It is slightly lower than the deck flare and very much separate, and the overall result is the creation of a third outside living area, in addition to the flybridge and the cockpit.

The flybridge of the new Merry Fisher is also very spacious – as well as a second helm station, there is a chair for the co-pilot, a sunpad, a lounge area with table and sofa, and even a small galley area.

Below decks, every last inch has been carefully used to its full advantage, as is always the case on boats from the yard based in Les Herbiers. There are three cabins, with the master room in the bow, with the traditional V-shape and a bed that is open on either side (and it is worth pointing out that there is plenty of storage for luggage) and then there are two guest rooms midships. The twin beds can also be joined together and with more than enough headroom both in the hallway and over the beds. There are two bathrooms, both with shower cubicles, one of which is just for the master cabin.

Engine data
The yard offers only one power option, with three outboards developing 300 hp each. These Yahama V6s give the boat a top speed of almost 38 knots, but you can plane at twelve knots.

SPBI Jeanneau
32 Avenue des Sables – CS 30529
85505 Les Herbiers Cedex – France

Jeanneau Design • Centkowski & Denert Design 

LOA 12.56m • Length 11.92m • Maximum beam 3.8m • Draft 0.76m • Dry weight 8,181 kg • Fuel tank volume 1.174 l • Water tank volume 400 l 

3 Yamaha V6 • Outlet mechanical power 220 kW (300 hp) • Bore&Stroke 96mm x 96mm • Swept volume 4,169 cc • 6 cylinders • Maximal rotational speed 5000-6000/min • Weight 260 kg 

CAT B/C – 10/12 people

340,700 € as standard Excl. VAT (November 2023)

(Merry Fisher 1295 Fly – Full throttle – – November 2023)