Plenty of seating for relaxing and entertaining up on the flybridge
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.
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.