New Swift Trawler 35 put to the test in France

A Video Review by Jack Haines from Motor Boat & Yachting –

Jack Haines, Deputy Editor from Motor Boat & Yachting magazine was recently invited to review Beneteau’s new Swift Trawler 35 in La Rochelle, France.

Beneteau has sold over 400 of the previous model, the super-popular Swift Trawler 34. So how do you make an already great boat any better?

The only way to get a real feel for any new model is to spend a few days testing it out. Jack spent 48 hours on the new Swift Trawler 35 putting her through her paces in different sea conditions, sleeping overnight and eating onboard.

He’s highlighted some of the major changes to this already popular trawler in this video review.

Watch the full video here.

A Quick Summary and Highlights of Jack’s Video Review

After arriving in La Rochelle, Jack and the crew headed out on a one and a half hour cruise to Ile de Re and Saint Martin, just off the west coast of France.

Jack was quick to point out that the layout is the same as the previous model and it has the same engine, a Cummins 425 HP. He comments that this is a great match for the boat as it can reach 18-20 knots flat out. However, there is a new hull design … more about that later.

The Lower Helm

At 4:00 minutes into the video, Jack highlights the benefits of driving at the lower helm position, which is the same as the Swift Trawler 34.

He comments,

“It’s just so good to be able to stand up at the helm properly with the seat behind you. You have this fantastic ship’s wheel right in front of you; the throttle pulls are really easy to hand and then you have the side door which is even bigger on the 35.”

He is also impressed with the tweaks to the dashboard,

“All you have to do is undo a couple of screws and you can get to the electronics on the dash which makes easy access to the back of the helm panel.”

The Cockpit

At 6:45 minutes in, Jack points out the main changes in the cockpit. The Swift Trawler 35 has adopted the split transom, first introduced by the Swift Trawler 30. The optional fold down chairs on the transom and the ladder to the flybridge folding flush against the doors maximise entertaining space.

Driving in the Open Water

Out in the open water, Jack tests the new semi-displacement hull and comments that it is a comfortable ride. To summarise he says,

“Out in the water, in general, the Swift Trawler 35 is a boat that punches well above its weight.”

On Deck

Jack is impressed with the position of the side door and gate … and the wide side decks. The decks are asymmetric yet the port side one is still a decent width.

He says,

“One of the best parts of the Swift Trawler 35 is how easy it is to crew. Whether there is more than one of you or if you are a skipper on your own, this side deck is so easy to move around on.

If you are on your own, it makes life really easy but even when you are moving up onto the side deck it is still really safe, nice and wide. You’ve always got something to hold onto.”

The Interior

Looking at the new interior, it is mostly the same as the previous boat. However, Jack says,

“What you do notice is that you have much more glass on the starboard side. The window is now floor to ceiling and unbroken so the feeling of light is improved.”

The Swift Trawler 35 still has a pull-out bed in the saloon and Jack comments that is a proper one and it’s comfortable. The galley has also been slightly reworked creating an optional extra seat.

More Changes Down Below

At 12 minutes into the video, Jack talks more about the physical layout. It is the same but there are some tweaks that make it a bit more comfortable. For example, the split door on the master cabin allows for more space and the bed is much lower so it is easier to get around.

The bathroom has had a bit of a change around as well. It now has a separate shower compartment with a proper door as opposed to the wet room in the Swift Trawler 34.

Jack’s Overall Impression

“The overall impression is that Beneteau has made what was a great boat even better. If you already own a Swift Trawler 34 then there probably aren’t enough changes to justify an upgrade but if you are in the market for a 35-foot trawler yacht, this is still the one to beat!”

Read Jack’s Full review on Motor Boat & Yachting

These boats are sure to be in high demand. Flagstaff Marine has secured two hull spots in the production line with two Swift Trawler 35s on order for 2018. The first will be delivered in May 2018 ready for the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. You have until 7th December to spec it out to your own taste. So be quick!

Contact us to find out more about this special promo offer which includes three months free berthing.