PIED A MER | Beneteau Flyer 12 Express | 41ft

Marion, MA, US


PIED A MER | Beneteau Flyer 12 Express | 41ft


Marion, MA, US



If you’re in the market for a fast, comfortable express cruiser in this size and price range, PIED A MER is a must see! She is in top shape both aesthetically and mechanically, with low engine hours and a meticulous maintenance program facilitated by Burr Brothers in Marion, MA. Recent notable updates include topsides Awlgrip paint (2016), updated refrigeration, custom designed/installed grill and aft-cockpit refrigeration, updated electric heads, fresh water washdown and toilets swapped to fresh-water supply, upgraded fresh water pump and pressure system and more. PIED A MER is in the water in Marion, MA and easy to show. She won’t last long on the market at this price.


The Flyer 12 is the result of a multi-year collaboration between Beneteau and Volvo, who set out to design a fast express boat that was also supremely quiet and fuel efficient.

“The secret to the Flyer 12’s performance and handling lies in her evolutionary hull. The boat has a V-shaped hull with a stiff tulip bow for easy passage through the sea and good spray deflection. Plenty of research by Beneteau’s R & D Department on hydrodynamics went into the hull’s final design, and the result is a sea boat that performs better the harder you push her.

This is another of the new generation of hulls with large, down-turned and aggressive chines starting right at the sharp bow entry and continuing all the way back to the transom. Readers are probably getting sick of hearing this, because we have said it many times in recent boat tests, but what this setup does is trap air between the outer edges of the chines and the keel. This creates a cushion of air for the boat to ride on, which softens the overall ride. These wide, down-turned chines improve lateral stability at rest, and when underway and the hull’s performance can be further enhanced by the use of trim tabs. You don’t need much trim, but a little at the right time, especially when the sea is running ‘beam on,’ really improves the ride.

The props are mounted in mini tunnels, which mean they operate in clean water for better ‘bite,’ which improves performance, reduces tail slippage and propeller cavitation. It also reduces the hull’s overall draft, which has obvious advantages. But the good news about all of this innovation is that what you end up with is a 40-footer you can throw around like a speedboat with complete confidence. Overall, the Beneteau Flyer 12m is a strong vessel with the ride and handling to take heavy going in her stride. You can throw this 40-footer around like a ski boat with confidence, and from our experiences, you’d be unlucky to get a drop of water on the screen. Her standard of fit-out and finish is fantastic.” – Ian Macrae, YachtAndBoat.com

“During my sea trial, I measured just 78 d-BA at the helm, while running at 30.6 mph and 3000 rpm (65 d-BA is the level of normal conversation). Two reasons for this are the fact that the IPS 400 diesel inboards are well aft and that the Flyer’s sliding door to the cockpit was closed. The sound levels are even more impressive when you consider that the large sunroof was opened.” -- Power & Motoryacht Magazine

*Results of recent oil sample analysis available to serious buyers.

*Video footage of ‘underway’ and ‘walkthrough tours of deck and interior’ is available. Please contact me for the link to these files.


  • Length: 41ft
  • Beam: 13' 0"
  • Draft: 3' 5"
  • Year: 2006
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Engine: (2) Volvo, 310 hp
  • Speed: 35.00



  • Length Overall: 41.33 ft
  • Max Draft: 3' 5"
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 6"
  • Beam Measure: 13' 0"
  • Range Measure: 460.31 mi


  • Total Power: 310|horsepower
  • Engine Brand: Volvo
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Engine Model: IPS 400
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 788
  • Engine Power: 310 hp

  • Total Power: 310|horsepower
  • Engine Brand: Volvo
  • Engine Model: IPS 400
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 780
  • Engine Power: 310 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (85 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (320 Gallons)


  • Topsides paint (Awlgrip) 2016
  • Updated refrigeration
  • Custom installation of a fixed grill above aft-cockpit refrigeration
  • Updated electric heads
  • Salt water washdown and toilets swapped to fresh-water supply
  • Upgraded fresh water pump and pressure system


The Flyer 12 is unique in that she offers two en-suite cabins in a 41’ length, and she pulls it off without feeling cramped. Her bridge deck is second-to-none with 360-degree views from the deck-level galley and salon. 

As you walk down the companionway into the forward passageway, there is a guest stateroom to starboard. This stateroom offers a large double-berth and an en-suite head and shower. There are two opening port lights for natural light and ventilation. A hanging locker and cabinet are provided for storage. The head is equipped with a push-button electric toilet, extendable shower hose/handle and an opening portlight for ventilation.

Walking forward from the guest stateroom lands you in the spacious master cabin, with a queen sized partial-island berth. An overhead deck hatch with built-in bug screen and sun shade offers ventilation and natural light. There is ample storage via multiple drawers, lockers and cabinets. A counter to starboard flips open into a vanity mirror with jewelry drawer. In the head, you’ll find a surprisingly large shower stall, accessed by a frosted-glass door, keeping the shower private (opaque) and the rest of the head area dry. Natural light is provided by an opening portlight over the sink and an opaque skylight over the shower.

The bright and airy bridge deck is best-in-class and consists of the helm and dashboard, a salon with large settee and table, and a full-length galley countertop. A highlight is the enormous sunroof window which slides open above the helm and salon at the push of a button, giving the space a convertible feel and offering plenty of fresh air and sunlight. The bridge deck is encompassed by glass on all sides, keeping things bright and providing excellent visibility from all angles.

The modern dashboard houses all the instruments and displays one would expect on a boat of this caliber, including engine data readouts, bow thruster controls, throttles, chart plotter, autopilot control head, compass, VHF radio, trim tab controls, DC panel switched (bilges, lights, horn  etc.) and a steering wheel befitting a European sports coupe. For comfort and convenience, there is also at hand a stereo head unit, a 12V DC socket plug and even a couple of all-important cupholders. The helm seat is a large and comfortable two-person bench, upholstered in leather. Stainless steel foot rails and hand rails add some security while underway.

The salon hosts a settee which easily seats eight guests around the table, which slides out to allow the area to convert to a surprisingly comfortable single berth. The table offers a clever, semi-hidden bottle rack inside along with a glass insert that doubles as a serving tray. The stools which serve as the port-side seating for that table also offer hidden storage space inside of them, which greatly expands the overall cupboard capacity of the galley. The settee and stools are upholstered in an off-white/cream leather.

The cleverly-designed modular galley runs the full length of the bridge deck. In running mode or entertaining mode, the long, flat countertop with drawers and cabinets underneath hides a flip-up backsplash with a two-burner electric stove range underneath and a double-basin stainless steel sink next to it. The larger cabinets swing open to reveal a refrigerator (12V, newer) and microwave oven, plus ample storage space for service ware and cleaning supplies. The deck house window above the galley counter slides open for natural ventilation. A/C 120V sockets are provided for appliances.

  • All interior spaces are conditioned with reverse-cycle heat/air compressors. There are separate zones – each with their own control panel.
  • There is a surround-sound stereo system with speakers throughout the interior, bridge deck and aft cockpit.
  • Toilets have been upgraded to Tecma electric models, with fresh water flush (less smell)
  • A carbon filter services the fresh water supply for home-quality water (or better!)
  • There are overhead lights and courtesy lights throughout


The Flyer 12 was designed as a fast express cruiser that offers smooth, quiet and fuel efficient ride at any speed and in nearly any sea state. She cruises efficiently at about 28 knots, with a range of over 400 miles. Her top speed is over 35 knots. On deck, her European pedigree is immediately evident, with clever modular seating/storage in the aft cockpit, an oversized swim platform and expansive flush foredeck space for lounging. The use of non-skid decking forward (vs. teak) keeps the cost of maintenance down, as do the stainless steel handrails. There is zero varnish on deck.

The foredeck consists of a roughly 8 ft. x 8 ft. area (surrounding the hatch) which can be fitted with cushions (not included), so as to make a sunbed on the bow. Forward of this area are two large deck lockers for storing ground tackle, fenders and dock lines. A flush mount windlass w/ rope drum is coupled to an oversized anchor and chain, all operated with foot buttons on the deck.

Oversized, tubular stainless steel is used for the lifelines to create a safe and secure side-deck walkway, with teak-clad steps down into the aft cockpit.

The single-level transition between the aft cockpit and bridge deck/salon allows for the seamless fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces – a real highlight for entertaining. The spaces are separated by a sliding glass door, which keeps the salon area well-insulated and dry when required. The cockpit is large enough to easily accommodate two teak chairs and a cocktail table. The bench seating folds to convert to a sun lounge and/or outdoor single berth. There is ample storage beneath this berth, as well as in a hidden transom locker, accessible from the swim platform. A built-in wet bar area, with a mini-fridge (12V) and grill, is just aft of the doors. The swim platform is accessed via a sliding tuna door and boasts an impressive swim ladder that deploys via a pneumatic actuator with push button. A hot/cold fresh water shower is installed just outboard of the tuna door. The overhanging roof structure offers an element of shade and shelter from the rain and could easily support an additional sunshade or bimini installed for full coverage over the cockpit. The entire cockpit sole is raised via a button-operated hydraulic ram, revealing convenient access to the two engines and pod drives underneath (see photos).

  • The hull is painted in Awlgrip, with a 50/50 red/white paint scheme (2016)
  • The deck is factory white Gelcoat w/ factory printed non-skid
  • The aft cockpit sole and swim platform are finished with natural teak
  • Modified Deep-Vee planing hull w/ pod drives
  • Hardtop bridge deck roof offers additional safe access to the instrument mast
  • Oversized swim platform serves as a passerelle for boarding access and dinghy storage
  • A flush hatch on the swim platform offers access to additional storage space
  • The swim platform sports a built-in, self-deploying teak swim ladder
  • A hot/cold fresh water shower is provided on the transom 
  • Portlights are trimmed in stainless-steel
  • The toerail is natural teak, as is the coaming-top on the transom
  • An integrated rub-rail is built into the back and sides of the swim platform
  • Molded steps from the aft cockpit provide safe, easy access up to the side decks
  • Courtesy lighting offers security and safety at night
  • A fresh water washdown pump keeps the salt away after a day of running


PIED A MER has been well-loved by her current owner of over ten years and has benefited from an open-checkbook approach to maintenance and upgrades. She is regularly serviced by the Burr Brothers Boat Yard in Marion, MA. Her quiet and efficient Volvo engines have fewer than 800 hours on them and regularly achieve or best the coveted <1mile/gallon fuel burn ratio. Detailed serviced records available upon request.

  • Twin Volvo 400 IPS engines 310HP (~785 hours as of 9/20)
  • Trim tabs 
  • Alternators on each engine
  • Automatic fire-suppression system in the engine space


  • Onan 11 kW generator, Model# 11MDKAW-5705949 (1,700 hours as of 09/2020)
  • Reverse-cycle heat/air compressors w/ separate zones for each interior space
  • Separate battery banks for house service, plus each engine and generator start
  • All batteries were replaced (08/2019), with upgraded capacity
  • 120V outlets throughout interior, bridge deck, aft cockpit and engine room


  • Rogue WiFi booster antenna for stealing signal from shore
  • Raymarine chartplotter
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • ICOM VHF radio
  • Trim tab controls
  • Volvo digital engine diagnostics display
  • Sony stereo head unit with CD player and surround sound speakers (multi-zone)


  • Oversized Bruce anchor mated to 120 ft of chain + 100 ft rode 
  • Docklines and (6) red covered fenders
  • Shore power cords

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



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