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SWIFT UPDATES

I’ve always liked the look of Beneteau’s Swift Trawlers. While some may scoff at these boats as “not real trawlers,” I appreciate their lines, look, and thoughtful layout and function. Sure, I won’t be taking one to the South Pacific on her own bottom, but on my Northwest doorstep there’s enough coastal cruising for a lifetime—and I wouldn’t mind doing the bulk of it on a boat like the Swift Trawler 35.

I’m not the only one who appreciates these boats; Swift Trawlers are the number one trawler sold worldwide. They’re such a hot commodity that here in Seattle we’ve been trying to get on the new 35 since Denison Yacht Sales ordered their first one earlier this year. The brokerage just ordered their fourth boat, hoping to have one in stock as the other three had sold before they arrived.

We did manage to get aboard their third boat for a quick sea trial before it was delivered to the customer, and it didn’t take long to see why the new 35 is already a hit. The new model replaces the Swift Trawler 34, which had been Beneteau’s most popular. Incorporating feedback from customers, Beneteau has built on the success of the previous model. It takes a genuine dedication to quality for a boatbuilder to take their most popular boat and search out areas for real improvement, and

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