John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
JULY 2012
Length overall  30' 11"
Beam  10' 4"
Draft 2' 11"       
Weight 10,648 lb  
Fuel 79 gal
Water 42 gal         
Bridge Clearance 10' 4"

French builder Jeanneau brings a neat little 31-foot “new concept” sedan cruiser to Bay boaters with its new NC9. Powered by a single 260-hp Volvo D4 electronic diesel turning a DuoProp outdrive, the boat offers a wide range of slow (7–8 mph) and fast (20–28 mph) cruising speeds with modest fuel consumption. A deep bow entry, hard chines, lifting strakes, and the strong lift of the DuoProp drive give her excellent manners under way.

The genius of the NC layout lies in the cabin, which provides an island master berth forward, a guest cabin (with a cabinet and stand-up headroom at the head of the bunk) and a full head. All of this fits under a saloon with a port helm and a galley opposite an adaptable starboard dinette with seatbacks that slide to offer a companion seat forward. An aft-facing seat adds to the cockpit seating when the sliding glass door is open. The galley includes a large stainless sink and a two-burner stove under a countertop. The layout also offers plenty of storage space underneath the saloon, with a spacious engine compartment under the cockpit sole. With all of these attributes, plus an electric sunroof over the helm area, the NC9 makes a neat, compact rig that is versatile enough for both day trips and Bay cruising.

Base price for the NC9 with a 260-hp Volvo D4 diesel with DuoProp outdrive is $208,000. For more information and locations of Chesapeake dealers, visit