New Beneteau trawler adds room for relaxing

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On a boat, especially a cruising boat, space is a precious thing. With that in mind Beneteau has introduced the Swift Trawler 44, successor to its Swift Trawler 42.

The Swift Trawler 44 replaces the 42.

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"We have kept the hull bottom and propulsion the same because it performs very well, but other than that it's a completely different boat," says Laurent Fabre, Beneteau Powerboat America sales and marketing manager.

The 44 replaces the 42 in the builder's Swift Trawler fleet, which includes a 34-footer and a 52-footer. The 42 was introduced in 2003.

The 44's asymmetrical deck is more than 16 inches wider than the 42. The wheelhouse area has been redesigned and is 3 feet longer - a change made possible by modifying the angle of the forward windows. The guest cabin, to port, now has a large double berth. The two head compartments to starboard are larger and updated to fit the cruising lifestyle, Fabre says. The saloon is convertible into a double cabin with a dividing curtain.

The upgrades continue at the helm with a new surface finish that reduces windscreen reflections. The swim platform aft has been lengthened. The flybridge deck, now 3 feet longer, can comfortably accommodate two pilot seats at the helm station and a large instrument panel. The loading mast-and-boom system includes an electric winch for hoisting the tender.

Twin 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels push the Swift Trawler 44 to a top speed of 24 knots. At a cruise of 18 knots, the boat gets 1.2 nautical miles per gallon. She has a range of nearly 300 nautical miles, based on 90 percent of her 396-gallon fuel capacity. It has a beam of 13 feet, 11 inches and draws 3 feet, 5 inches with a light load. Price: $436,000.

For a virtual tour of the Swift Trawler 44, go to www.youtube.com and search "Swift Trawler 44."

Contact: Beneteau Powerboat America, (443) 924-0856. www.beneteauusa.com

This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue.

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