Semi-displacement designs, also called semi-planing by some builders, use hulls that incorporate both rounded sections for increased storage and tankage, and flatter hull sections to partially lift the forward section of the hull out of the water, thereby decreasing drag for increased high cruising speeds. They may be single or twin diesels, or with outboard gasoline engines, keeping the machinery weight aft.
Beneteau launched the first Swift Trawler, a 34-footer, in 2010. Since then, with more than 350 boats built, the line has grown to include 44- and 50-foot models. And now the 30.
Something new is afloat at the home of Nordhavn Yachts in Dana Point, California. Introducing the Coastal Pilot, starting with the flagship 59, in what you could turn into a series of models in Nordhavn’s new, semi-displacement performance line.
In addition to a fine running hull, the new Swift Trawler 44 from Beneteau adds improved performance and fuel economy, more storage, and increased livability.
Now in their tenth year, what started as a father-son partnership to build their own cruising yacht has turned into a successful builder of more than 100 boats, ranging in size from 28 to 52 feet.