Beneteau Swift Trawler 35
The new Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 is the evolution of the popular ST34 that saw over 400 hulls built. There is a lot of boat in this compact, semi-planing motor trawler design that has an emphasis on making the long-haul cruise comfortable.
The exterior has many of the features one would expect on a larger yacht, including a spacious covered cockpit aft near the swim step. The transom features a novel folding system and foldable seating that really opens up the aft deckspace. A pair of integreated folding chairs are built into the transom and can be deployed or stowed with ease. A set of similarily deployable stairs leads up to the open flybridge and nav station that can come with a soft Bimini top or hardtop for shelter. These kinds of features are clever ways to maximize space aboard.
The interior is quite spacious for a boat this size, with plenty of seating and windows. There’s so many windows in fact that the manufacturer boasts “360 [degree] view”. There are two proper staterooms, including the forward v-berth with island-style bed.
A fully enclosed head, complete with walk-in shower, is shared. Another nice feature of the cabin is that the nav station has a door that provides direct access to the starboard walkway to the foredeck outside.
As far as performance is concerned, the 35 runs a single Cummins GSB6.71 engine that can push the boat at a 20-knot maximum speed. The recommended cruising speed is a zippy 15 knots, quite a bit more than the traditional trawler cruising speed of 8 knots or so.
If you’re interested in a versatile, modern trawler-style yacht, the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 may be your boat. The local dealer, Denison Yacht Sales, can provide additional information and pricing.