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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Beneteau Launches Swift Trawler 44

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Annapolis, MD, NOVEMVER 2 2010: With all the attributes that made the Swift Trawler range the benchmark for couples or families who are passionate about boating, the new Swift Trawler 44 turns comfort into a way of life.

With the launch of the Swift Trawler 44, Beneteau marks the renewal of this range, whose ‘voyage’ style has enjoyed great success. As a replacement for the Swift Trawler 42, the Swift Trawler 44 completes a range of boats from 34 to 52 feet.
The Swift Trawler 44 provides ideal conditions for cruising and living on board – whether as a couple, a family or a group of friends. The new dimensions and intelligent layout promise for some unforgettable voyages.
Acclaimed Performance
The Swift Trawler’s well-proven hull provides an unfailing stability. Its optimized performance combines speed with consumption control. The 2 x 300 hp engines allow for a cruising speed of 18 knots (top speed of more than 24 knots).
Enlarged interior
Designed for life on board, the Swift Trawler 44 offers a spacious and functional interior. The new asymmetric deck is more than 16 inches wider than that of the Swift Trawler 42. The wheelhouse area has been entirely redesigned and is 3 feet longer, made possible by modifying the angle of the forward windows.
Redistribution of space
The forward cabin is impressive with its combination of comfort and light provided through two large portholes. The guest cabin, to port, is now provided with a large double berth. To starboard are the 2 head compartments, larger and updated to fit the on-board living lifestyle.
The saloon is convertible into a double cabin, equipped with a dividing curtain. The U-shaped galley has plenty of space for storage. Additionally, the wheelhouse has been upgraded for optimum navigation with a new design and new surface finish, which cuts out windscreen reflections.
Uninterrupted views and maximum light – the addition of large fixed ports in the hull gives a sense of harmony while generous portholes help ventilate and brighten the interior.
On deck, the bathing platform aft has been lengthened and benefits from the same bathing ladder as the Swift Trawler 52, which is particularly ergonomic.
A semi-recessed staircase leads from the spacious cockpit to the flybridge. There is room in the cockpit for an L-shaped bench seat to provide shelter for mealtime.
Now three feet longer, the flybridge can comfortably accommodate two pilot seats at the helm station and a large instrument panel.
Priority has been given to the enlarged saloon, which has a built-in sofa to starboard with multiple storage compartments.
Finally, the loading mast and boom system includes an electric winch for hoisting the tender effortlessly.
The Swift Trawler 44 will make its first appearance at the Paris boat show this December. It is scheduled to make its North-American debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 17th through 21st.
Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 31-50 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

Length overall: 45’ 6"
Hull length: 39’ 11”
Beam: 13' 11"
Light displacement: 24, 019 lbs
Draft light: 3' 5"
Air Draft (max): 25' 5"
Fuel capacity: 396 gal
Fresh water capacity: 169 gal
Engine power: 2 x 300 hp
Structural architects: Joubert-Nivelt, Beneteau R&D
Style & Interior Design: Pierre Frutschi

Virtual tour of the Swift Trawler available here.