by Capt. Tom Serio | boat spotlight
Specifications LOA: 36'0" Beam: 13'1" Draft: 3'3" Weight: 16,420 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 211 gals. Water Capacity: 85 gals. Power: Cummins QSB 6.7L 312kW 425-hp diesel Base Price: Contact dealer
hat better way to introduce North Americans to a new boat than by cruising that boat around a huge portion of North America? Beneteau launched the Swift Trawler 34 in 2012 by embarking on a trip around the Great Loop, a circumnavigation of the eastern U.S. from the Intracoastal waterway/Atlantic Ocean through Canadian canals, the Great Lakes and inland rivers — somewhere between 4,500 and 7,500 miles, depending on the route. This is no feat for the faint of heart; just ask Lakeland’s publisher, who captained one leg of the trip! You need a stout vessel to get you through safely, in control and in comfort. Beneteau packs a little bit of everything into this tidy 34-foot package. On the exterior, there are wide, deep side decks with high rails, forward sunpad/lounge area, side access gates, helm door, and a large aft deck with access to the flybridge. Up top to starboard is an upper helm station, wrap-around
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 seating to port complete with teak table, and aft deck space for a bench seat and lounge chairs, tender or other toys. Creature comforts abound inside the vessel. A salon couch doubles as a relaxation zone and dining area with a hi-lo table. Add in some folding or barrel chairs, and there’s dinner for four or a great spot for socializing. The U-shaped galley is forward to port, with a double sink, stove top, plenty of counter space, and more. Forward and below are two staterooms. The master stateroom is in the forepeak, with island berth, lockers, side ports, and overhead hatch. To port there’s a double bunk room with lockers. Sharing is a must, as there’s just one head aboard. The single Cummins engine can be controlled from a lower helm (across from the galley, which is ideal for grabbing a quick snack on a long voyage!) or controlled from the flybridge station. Beneteau’s spec sheet shows that the 34 can go faster than the average trawler — up to 22 knots in some instances. Slow the pace down to 9 knots or so, and you’ll get around the 300-mile range with a 20 percent reserve, sipping a reasonable 5 gallons per hour. Get cruising and show off your own Swift Trawler 34. LB
A trawler that’s not afraid to cruise.
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