Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
September 14, 2011
Just because a boat is “manufactured” on an assembly line in a huge plant doesn’t mean that it won’t show off its builder’s craftsmanship. A corporate builder like Beneteau is large enough to front the capital for a lamination/extrusion system that turns out beautiful cherry and mahogany cabinetwork by gluing and compressing multiple thin veneers, then shaping them into molding that curves precisely around the top of a cabinet.
That’s one small example of the technology Beneteau can apply to a cruising boat like the Swift Trawler 34. On a larger scale, consider out-of-the-box thinking that designs a slightly asymmetrical pilothouse/salon with bow access on either side, but tremendous storage space recessed beneath the elevated deck to port, while the starboard deck stays at cockpit level and under cover of the side of the cabintop all the way forward to the sliding door beside the helm. The boat has a bright, airy salon with galley up and a queen berth in the bow, plus an over-under double cabin to port and a fold-out settee in the salon for children or guests. Such ingenuity combines to create a 34’ cruising boat “designed for the high seas and life at anchor,” as the Beneteau catalog puts it.
Note the “at anchor” part. The Swift Trawler 34 doesn’t have to be hooked up to a marina dock every night—or ever. Given its tough, seaworthy semi-vee hull with reverse chines and keel, 6.5 kW Onan genset, optional 85-gallon waste tank and wraparound cockpit enclosure, the 34 is ready for exploring in at least 3 seasons. If you have a crossing to make, the single 425-hp Cummins QSB 5.9 diesel will push the 34 at 25 mph, but cruise efficiently at 12 to17 mph with a conservative range of 265 miles. Ease along at 8 mph and the range jumps to 680 miles.
- Beneteau USA, Marion, SC
- Note: The closest Beneteau Powerboat dealer to New England is
Annapolis Yacht Sales in Maryland; (410-267-3131)
- LOA 36’ 7”
- Beam 13’ 1
- Draft 3’ 3”
- Bridge Clearance 25’2” (mast up)
- Bridge Clearance 11’11” (mast folded)
- Displacement 16,356 lbs. (light)
- Fuel 211 gals.
- Water 85 gals.
- Waste 23 gals. (85 gals. optional)
- Base price $279,000
- Test boat price (generator, air conditioning and heating, electronics, stern thruster, and other useful options): $342, 315