WITH NO expertise at all in the field of trawler yachts, it was with an open mind that we went to see Beneteau’s new baby, the Swift Trawler 34 on her arrival in Largs, writes Andi Robertson.
That is why the smallest of the Swift Trawler range has been such a success since it was launched late summer. Five were sold at Southampton.
The Trawler range is appealing to a whole different cross section of owners. They sell in thousands and are in nearly every marina around the coast.
They are owned primarily by older couples who spend their weekends afloat but don’t want the stress or physical effort of sailing. Often they potter around, do a little fishing, swimming, picnic, take their friends afloat and sunbathe, drink a little wine, have dinner, snooze, take their children and their children’s children afloat.
It is a well put together Beneteau package. The LOA is much closer to 37ft (11.25m), although 32ft 6in (9.99m) on the waterline, so there is an excellent balance, an almost incredible amount of space and she’s light for her size, yet marina fees are eased due to her compact dimensions.
The salon is excellent and well laid out to offer exceptional space. The deep side windows (20cms deeper than you might expect) sizeable windscreen and aft doors offer a superb level of light and all round vision. The extra depth to the side windows mean you can still see the vista to the sides and aft from the dinner table in the salon.