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Old 09-03-2011, 15:13   #16
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

Actually u4's comments are well thought out. Doesn't' mean you can't fall in love with one of these, but . . .

Why pay for power you aren't going to use. Are you going water skiing?

If it is a weekender, great. But if you want to cruise then maybe more open space. Ease of maintenance, etc.

There is a (are) good boat(s) for each of us. No one answer is right for all.

I am a cruising cat sailor, but could get the fever for one of these at a boat show.


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Old 09-03-2011, 15:25   #17
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

I think the review was less than fair. The great great majority of new trawlers today (e.g. Grand Banks) are semi displacement and have fuel burns similar to the Beneteau. The few full displacement manufacturers such as Kady-Krogan tend to build longer boats since the hull speed of a 34' full displacement hull is very slow.

If this boat does do 1.5 miles per gallon at 12 knots that's better than most.

This fuel burn problem is why I decided against a trawler and bought a motorsailer -- not any faster but it seems faster and you can't beat the fuel economy and engine noise when sailing.


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Old 09-03-2011, 15:45   #18
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

I've actually slept on one of these so I can attest to the staterooms- the second stateroom is small and there probably should be an option to delete it and make it either storage or a full shower. That being said, it's not horrible and will completely fit the need of some owners. Other than than I think think U4's comments are a bit unfair. If you've actually been on one of these boats forgive me, but from your comments I'm assuming you haven't. I don't honestly recall the fuel burn numbers but I seem to remember them being reasonable at reasonable speeds- the video posted is probably not the best sort of advertising for this boat. Showing the boat going those speeds would most likely only help convince the target audience if there were a raging storm in the background. I didn't fall in love enough with this boat to sell my sailboat and switch over. Neither did it convince me that I'd rather have one of these than a Grand Banks 30-something. I was, however, far more impressed with it than I had expected. I admit that I mentioned to my wife the target buyers were a rather small group of people and I think this thread is only proving my point. I submit that this is as good as any boat for doing a trip like the great loop. Trawler-ish for the good parts, powerboat-ish for the parts you just want to get past.

Also not mentioned in this thread is that the boat has a non-symetrical cabin structure (which I don't love) though it does assist with creating an interesting layout.
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

Self serving? I haven't seen such a posting yet.

Just trying to pass on wisdom and insight based on experience. Take 'em or leave 'em, these opinions cost the same ;-)
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

Well, I guess I'm the guinea pig in this forum. After 35 years of owning sailboats from 35 to 53 ft., I have ordered a Swift Trawler 34 for delivery in the fall. I like the design and the execution, the ability to go fast if needed or desired, and I found the fuel consumption at 8 knots to be only 2X what my 53 ft sailboat used at 7 knots. Yes, it will use more fuel, but it will get me places my sailboats never could, and I can see outside from inside the boat!
Beneteau has designed this more like a sailboat than most powerboats I have seen, and the pricing is very competitive (for a powerboat). We will see in a few months how it feels to actually own one!
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

This boat does handle far better than you would expect.
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

We investigated several second hand Swift 42's a year back and like Dave, found it relatively well built and certainly of modern interior design. We liked it. Wanting to crsuie inland it's air draft and engines (not suited for slow speeds) meant we dismissed it - but nice boat. Good lucjk to those who get one.
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You get what you pay for .... Guess that the kilo price for a Swift irrespective of model is about the same as for any classical boat of more solid build. It is not a trawler while trying hard to appeal and sell as such. Often the best way to judge the overall quality and build of a boating brand is time. The few Swifts that I have been onboard reminded me about my observations with France cars - great appealing cars when new! Perhaps you have a careful look at the rudder system/design of a the new B52 and you may rightfully wonder if this is a safe boat for long distance cruising. Personally not too impressed - except a lot of room for the money in all models. Design matters are more difficult to discuss - however on a positive note - the France producers are innovative and refreshing. But that is not the same as proven quality that often comes at a price. Hope not to have sounded too harsh.
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

I just bought one!

Last week I placed the order, and my Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 will be delivered in April, 2012, and be cruising the Delaware River and South Jersey waterways soon thereafter.

For me, she will more than meet the requirements of a great boat; one that sails six, eats four, and sleeps two. I retire in five years and chose the Beneteau over several other boats with a voyage around the Great Loop in mind.
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Re: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

I owned a 2006 Mainship 34T with the 370 hp Yanmar which is a lower cost competitor to the Beneteau. Some contra observations to the above complaints:

1. The engine was relatively quiet. Mainship designed it with no cabin floor access, so soundproofing wasn't compromised, but had easy access from a flip up ladder from the aft cockpit.

2. Engine access for the single engine was great. You couldn't stand up in the engine room but you could sit on an overturned bucket and work from each side.

3. Fuel consumption was high. At 12 kts it got 1 NM per gallon. But at 7 kts it burned about 3 gph or about 2+ NM/gal.This is definitely higher than a round bottom displacement hull. You can run these engines slow for extended periods with no problem. Ask Tony Athens who runs a Cummins/Yanmar dealership in SoCal that question. He is one of the moderator/gurus on boatdiesel.

But when we wanted to go fast, maybe one third of our usage, we could. So the extra hp wasn't wasted on us. But I do appreciate the go slow/efficient perspective.

4. It was reasonably well built. No rattling underway.

5. The layout was ideal for a couple- queen size berth forward, large cabin, galley down, huge, full beam width flybridge. We could party 8 people on the flybridge- but only at anchor!!! The Beneteau has a different layout, not to my liking.

So I would never consider it a boat built to be sold, but not used. We used ours for trips back and forth to Catalina very succesfully for 4 years.

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I have a 2006 Beneteau ST-42. I've had it for 3 years and I like it very much. I don't see many of them, but I like that too.

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