The latest Swift Trawler is full of practical magic
What they say”The link between the joy of sailing and the comfort and performance of a powerboat. Made in the image of other Bénéteau boats, it is born of a passion shared by the boatyard and their designers.”
What we sayThe big selling point of the original Swift Trawler from Bénéteau was its price. This latest model, 11ft longer and the new flagship of the Bénéteau power range, is equally appealing on that front. Direct rivals like the Skagen 50 and smaller Grand Banks 47 cost at least £100,000 more.
The ‘swift trawler’ tag is no gimmick either, combining a 23-knot top speed with conventional trawler attributes such as covered side decks, stately styling and two long-range fuel tanks each containing 2,000 litres. In true trawler fashion, the helm position and sea berth forward are independent of the saloon and give direct access onto the Portuguese bridge via two sliding doors.
Bluewater cruisers will be interested to see how that semi-planing hull performs in following seas – often a weak spot for trawlers, but Bénéteau say they have the right balance between seaworthiness and performance.
Accommodation comprises two standard cabins and a third space that can be a two-bunk cabin or kitted out as a dressing room or office.
At a glance
Length: 55ft 10in (17m)
Beam: 16ft 2in (4.92m)
Engines: Twin 575hp Volvo Penta D9
Top speed: 23 knots
Price: £531,000 inc UK VAT
Tel: 44 (0)23 8021 1398.
Website: Follow the link for more information on the Beneteau Swift Trawler 52