Beneteau Swift Trawler 50, Photo by Alex Kwanten

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50

Norris Comer New Boats

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50, Photo by Alex Kwanten

The newest of the popular Swift Trawler line from France-based Beneteau is also their largest, the Swift Trawler 50. With the same stout yet modern good looks as her sisterships, the 50 offers significantly more space for those planning longer cruises or large gatherings.

Upon approach, a notable feature is the hydraulic swim platform that’s also meant to serve as tender stowage when needed. The cockpit is completely covered by the bridge above and can be opened to the elements or closed with roll-down walls as desired. One interesting departure from the previous Swift Trawlers is the foredeck. While there is a foredeck complete with padded sun lounge space, it’s about the same size as the smaller builds and didn’t grow proportionally to the increased length. This gives the 50 a heavier, more tanky appearance, and of course, even more interior space.

The interior layout separates the salon from the U-shaped galley that’s full of nice surprises. Notable is the “dummy waiter” elevator, which is essentially a chute with food platform that easily transports goodies from the galley right up to the flybridge above. Also interesting is that there are two full-beam master suites both forward in the V-berth and aft made possible by the voluminous design. There are two helms, both in the cabin and above on the bridge. The Swift Trawler family is highly customizable, so open or covered options for the bridge and the like is up to the buyer.

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 SpecsWhen talking about performance, the manufacturer states that an operator can operate at a fuel-efficient speed of 7 knots while burning three gallons an hour or open it up to a faster cruise speed of around 18 knots with a reported maximum speed of around 21 knots. The performance is made possible by the Volvo IPS system steered with joystick controls that offers good close-quarters maneuvering. The option to fly at around 20 knots is certainly a capability that differentiates it from the classic trawlers of yore.

Overall, if you’re a trawler fan eyeing the Beneteau Swift Trawler line but want more space, the Swift Trawler 50 may just be what you’ve been waiting for. If interested in more info or pricing, contact local dealer Denison Yacht Sales.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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