Boating - - TESTS -

Beneteau proves you don’t have to go large to get the fun of a fly­bridge. Its Swift Trawler is a semi dis­place­ment hull ca­pa­ble of ex­ceed­ing 30 mph. Its fuel ca­pac­ity gives a range be­yond most own­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. The easy-to-han­dle, com­pact trawler is a true voyager for a jaunt to Block Is­land, or even cross­ing from Miami to tour the Ba­hamas.

The boat­builder wisely makes stan­dard both an up­per and lower sta­tion, which means a short crew, or even a sin­gle-handed skip­per at the lower helm, can dock and se­cure the ves­sel at port. Also stan­dard is a Volvo Penta D6 370 hp en­gine, pow­er­ful, fuel ef­fi­cient, and ready for re­li­able long-range cruis­ing or just weekend overnight­ing at a quiet anchorage.

Ac­cess to the bridge is via a lad­der-way through an up­per-deck hatch.

The land­ing be­low does take cock­pit space, but Beneteau com­pen­sates by open­ing the cock­pit to the salon via a large slid­ing door. The ef­fect is at­trac­tive and prac­ti­cal, and cruis­ers won’t re­gret the trade-offs.

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