Plenty of seat­ing for re­lax­ing and en­ter­tain­ing up on the fly­bridge

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The own­ers want to use the boat for ex­tended cruises of up to six weeks at a time, as well as week­end get­aways. That means they need plenty of stor­age, and the abil­ity to be largely self-suf­fi­cient for long pe­ri­ods of time. The Swift Trawler of­fers eco­nomic, long-range cruis­ing, and could even cruise as far as the Pa­cific Is­lands, with the fuel ca­pac­ity to cover around 1,000 miles at 8 knots.

It’s not all lazy cruis­ing, though – this boat can cer­tainly get up and go if needed. As you might ex­pect from the name, the Swift Trawler’s no slug. It has a top speed of around 24 knots, but cruises com­fort­ably at around 18 knots, us­ing around 60-65 litres of fuel per hour, depend­ing on sea state. For longer range cruis­ing in good weather, the own­ers are happy to stick to around 7.5 knots, which re­duces fuel us­age to around 8-10 litres per hour.

ON BOARD

The Swift Trawler comes in both white and navy, but these own­ers opted for Beneteau’s ‘grey perle’ hull, a pale char­coal. It is both prac­ti­cal – it won’t get too hot in the sum­mer sun – and slim­ming. Tim­ber handrails and other de­tail­ing soften the all-white look of the cock­pit.

Com­ing aboard, there is a large, teak-fin­ished board­ing plat­form aft, out of which tele­scopes a large,

in­te­grated board­ing lad­der. There are two large stor­age lock­ers within the plat­form, one of them a drain­ing wet locker.

The cock­pit is fully-en­closed, ac­cessed by a door in the cen­tre of the tran­som. There is an L-shaped seat­ing area to port, and the en­tire cock­pit area is shel­tered by the top deck. This space can be to­tally-en­closed with a set of clears, ef­fec­tively creat­ing an out­door ‘room’ suit­able for use in all weather.

Un­der the cock­pit floor is a large wa­ter tank. But at the back of where the sec­ond tank would usu­ally be fit­ted, these own­ers have opted to in­stall a CJD wa­ter maker, to make them­selves self-suf­fi­cient for longer pe­ri­ods. It also means they can rinse off dive gear and other equip­ment with­out wor­ry­ing about wast­ing pre­cious re­sources, and share wa­ter with other cruis­ing friends. There is also a 9.5KVA gen­er­a­tor and 2kw in­verter down here.

To star­board, a gen­er­ous set of stairs leads up to the fly­bridge – where the owner’s im­mac­u­late Ze­phyr dinghy is stored. This space is also plenty big enough for stash­ing a ten­der, or for use as a bar­be­cue area.

For­ward of the ‘dinghy locker’ is the fly­bridge helm sta­tion, equipped with a Ray­ma­rine chart­plot­ter and a sec­ond set of in­stru­ments and en­gine con­trols. This is the own­ers’ pre­ferred

helm­ing po­si­tion, and you can see why, with ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity and shel­ter from the sun pro­vided by a can­vas soft-top. They’re hop­ing it’s go­ing to be a good spot for dol­phin- and whale-watch­ing.

There is also plenty of seat­ing for re­lax­ing and en­ter­tain­ing up here, as well as a sink and stor­age space if you’re mak­ing a day of it and don’t want to go back down below for sup­plies. While the own­ers’ pre­vi­ous boat was a sedan-style launch with a large cock­pit, they say this en­ter­tain­ing area up­stairs, with its am­ple seat­ing and great views, is just as good if not bet­ter.

Back down at deck level, there is a walka­round ei­ther side, al­though it is wider on the star­board ‘driver’s’ side, and cov­ered as far as the helm sta­tion, for easy ac­cess to the bow. Up here there is a large loung­ing space, as well as the an­chor-chain locker and re­mote-con­trolled elec­tric wind­lass for the an­chor, sit­ting on its sprit. While she is quite a big boat, the own­ers say she is easy to an­chor and dock, even short-handed.

From the cock­pit, the saloon is ac­cessed through a large slid­ing door. To star­board is a large, white leather

TOP The Swift 44 is pow­ered by a pair of 300hp Volvos with shaft drives. RIGHT The cock­pit roof af­fords ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion from the sun – while main­tain­ing an open, airy feel.

TOP RIGHT The own­ers’ favourite helm­ing – and en­ter­tain­ing – area. It’s easy to see why.

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