BEST OF THE REST

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Our round-up of the hottest new boats at the 2018 Southamp­ton Boat Show

LOA 48ft 4in (14.74m) BEAM 14ft 6in (4.42m) EN­GINES Twin Cum­mins 425hp TOP SPEED 25 knots PRICE from £663,065 inc VAT CON­TACT www.beneteau.com

This is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the orig­i­nal Swift Trawler, the 42, a boat that laid the foun­da­tions for a range that has lit­tle di­rect com­pe­ti­tion to this day. Trawler-style boats may have en­joyed a boom but few brands of­fer the space, sea­keep­ing and rel­a­tive value that Bénéteau does with the Swift Trawler line-up.

The 47 will even­tu­ally phase out the 44 early next year. It is a phys­i­cally larger boat and the lay­out and use of nat­u­ral light en­hance the feel­ing of space. A sim­ple but ef­fec­tive move is po­si­tion­ing the lower helm cen­trally, which puts the skip­per in a great driv­ing po­si­tion in the mid­dle and leaves space to star­board for a wide, light-flooded stair­case.

On the lower deck the three-cabin lay­out sees a mas­ter en­suite for­ward with a pair of guest cab­ins amid­ships. The star­board one is very tight over­head and best suited to chil­dren, but the port one has a good amount of head­room, two large sin­gle berths and enough stor­age to keep guests happy for longer stays.

The side door ad­ja­cent to the helm is the big­gest one ever fit­ted to a Swift Trawler, which makes it easy for the skip­per to get quickly ashore via the star­board board­ing gate.

A lad­der leads to the fly­bridge, and though the as­cent is quite steep the steps slide up against the cock­pit doors to cre­ate more space in the cock­pit. The top deck is mas­sive and

can be cov­ered by ei­ther a fold­ing bi­mini or more so­phis­ti­cated hard­top with a can­vas sun­roof. A cen­tral seat­ing area pro­vides room for al­fresco din­ing, sup­ple­mented by a wet bar mounted next to the chunky cen­tral mast.

In pre­lim­i­nary test­ing the pair of Cum­mins 425hp diesels have reached a top speed of 26 knots, though that is likely to drop a touch when the boat is loaded with cruis­ing weight.

With a new hull and sweeter pro­por­tions, the 47 is more than just a facelift for the 44, it moves the game on quite sig­nif­i­cantly.

The lay­out and nat­u­ral light en­hance the feel­ing of space The mas­ter cabin is for­ward in the three-cabin lay­out The fly­bridge stairs slide in to cre­ate more cock­pit space

HE LM The cen­tral po­si­tion leaves space to star­board for stairs

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