BOAT TEST — Beneteau Swift Trawler 44
Normally confined to rag-and-stick boats, ALLAN WHITING found himself aboard the latest Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 in the south of France
The editor doesn’t normally let me loose near powerboats, but he figured the Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 was a safe enough prospect, because it comes with a short aft mast and boom. It’s even got a cute little halyard winch and a couple of rope clutches. Yes, I know they’re there only to lower and retrieve the dinghy, but it’s sailing kit, nonetheless.
I don’t know why he thinks I’m so prejudiced, because I like many powerboat styles; particularly ones like the new Swift, with its upright, practical stance and Scuffy the Tugboat attitude. It says: “Can do!” quite loudly, I think.
Bénéteau launch the new Swift Trawler 44
Fri, 2 Jul 2010 by Natalie Davies
Get a sneak preview of the ST44. Beneteau has released details of the hotly anticipated replacement for the Swift Trawler 42.
The Swift Trawler 44 will premiere at the Paris Boat Show in December 2010 and has borrowed many of the clever design touches seen on the acclaimed ST34 tested by MBM in December 2009.
New Model: Beneteau 44 Swift Trawler
Beneteau new 44 Swift Trawler which was launched in the fall of 2010 replaces the 42 model which presented this explorer cruiser and yacht range of the French boat building company back in 2004. Today the Swift range from Beneteau features a total of four models up to 52 feet, two of which are a different version of the entry level 34. The new 44 Swift Trawler designed by Joubert and Nivelt builds on classic looks with modern elements thrown in like larger view windows on the main deck, and in the owners suite to fore. As is expected the 44 Swift extra two feet add more space, but the designers also deliver a modern touch in every area to the successful model that was the 42. Immediate visible improvements are to be found in the aft deck which is now more spacious, and also features an L-shaped settee, a second shower head down below serving guests, and a co-pilot seat in the flybridge helm. Power is from twin Volvo 300hp diesel engines with speed estimates so far not being announced.
Swift Trawler owners, many of whom are liveaboards, really get involved with their brand. When Beneteau, the trawler line’s parent company, was working on plans for the new Swift Trawler 44, the design team incorporated several owner suggestions into the boat. One stylish solution I particularly liked was to cover the area above the lower helm station with a faux leather anti-glare mat.
Beneteau Swift Trawler 44
By Sally Coffey
Take a virtual tour around the Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 with our panoramic images
BOAT TEST:: 2011 Beneteau Swift Trawler 44
|By Richard Thiel,|
Beneteau’s newest Fast Trawler proves it’s serious about attracting American cruisers.
I first encountered Beneteau’s Swift Trawlers in France last summer. I spent most of my time testing the 34 and concluded that the French builder had done a fine job creating a vessel that while making no pretensions to being the displacement-style cruiser her name implies, was nevertheless an efficient, flexible, and well-priced single-engine option for a cruising couple. The 44, which I tested in early April, is another great owner-operated candidate but with a second stateroom. Learning how Beneteau developed this boat makes it clear to me that it has not only learned a lot about the American market over the last nine months but that it has also become even more serious about competing in it.