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Swift Trawler 50 in Motion (Web Extra)

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At high cruise the Swift Trawler 50 hull shows it dry running characteristics.

Editor-In-Chief John Wooldridge traveled to the Mediterranean waters off of Palma de Mallorca to take part in Beneteau Sea Trails 2013.

Designed by naval architects Michel Joubert and Bernard Nivelt, Beneteau created a distance cruiser that embodies the best characteristics of a boat that owners will enjoy living on for an extended period of time, while also meeting their expectations while cruising off shore. The ST50 is a semi-displacement trawler that is EC certified by B14 and C18 classifications; representing a strong sense of seaworthiness. In typical Beneteau luxury, the interiors are finished alpi mahogany, creating a luxurious feel for owners underway or on the hook.

Hosted by the world's largest boat builder, John got a first hand look at how the new Swift Trawler 50 and found she performed beautifully in the rough Mediterranean conditions off the Spanish coast.

"This new cruiser carries on the tradition started by the company in 2003 with the introduction of the Swift Trawler—a line of boats that are distance capable and made to satisfy the needs of those who prize the cruising-under-power lifestyle," Wooldridge writes.

Read the review, Fast-Lane Liveaboard in the October 2013 issue of PassageMaker, or find it online here.