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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