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Beneteau Swift Trawler Owners?

Discussion in 'General Trawler Discussion' started by rclarke246, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Rick L

    Rick L New Member

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    Any Swift Trawler owners having trouble keeping their prop anodes on? I seem to "drop" one off every couple of months. Do you spouse locktite?? Thanks!
  2. rclarke246

    rclarke246 New Member

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    Our prop zincs are the "cone" shaped ones at the aft end of the shafts.
    All going very well with our 44. The original transducer lost the bottom WAY too often, so I replaced it with the stick-on, "hockey puck" style, and relocated it to beneath the starboard drive shaft, just aft of the transmission. Seems better but I need more hours to confirm. By the way, I believe that the 2016 or 2017 models have made this same alteration.
  3. Skip V

    Skip V New Member

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    Greetings Swift Trawler owners. I just took the plunge and am buying a 2011 ST 34 with 1260 hours. Boat passed the survey and oil analysis just fine and I plan to bring her home up the ICW to the Pamlico River, NC in a few weeks. Been surfing the web looking for any serious Swift Trawler negatives and am pleased to say I really can't find a one! If there are any suggestions, ideas or "make sure to check this item", etc. please let me know ASAP. I am looking forward to sharing ideas, etc. with fellow Swift Trawler owners. Cheers, Skip
  4. olderboater

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    Many positives. The two most common negatives are through hulls and anodes. Keep an eye on both.
  5. Skip V

    Skip V New Member

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    Thank you! Good advice.

    During the survey haul out last week we replaced the Hull, (2)trim tab and prop anodes (see before photo). All the through hulls appeared fine. The current owner did say the anodes seem to go quick but that is often a factor of the marina power situation and water type where electrolysis varies (or too many idiots let their shore power cable dangle in the water!). Maybe Swift's need larger/more anodes?

    The large SS rudder had a very slight (like 1/16th inch) wobble at the rudder through hull. I climbed into the lazarette to inspect the top end of the rudder post/steering attachment and there were (2) Phillips head SS screws missing around a donut sized plastic collar around the rudder post above a large fiberglass box molded to the interior transom that is not removable. I assume there is a much more robust rudder mounting bracket/system inside that box but it is permanently attached so I will look for design diagrams just to see what is inside that box?

    Needless to say I am quite excited about the new boat as it seemed to offer the best combinations of fuel economy, power when you need, handling, deck and helm layout and comfort. It is hull #77 and I believe Beneteau is up to production counts of 400+ ST34's. Is yours a 42 or 44 and how many hours do you now have.
    Thanks again. Skip

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  6. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

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    I don't have one, just know many who do. The vast majority of owners seem to be very happy with them.
  7. Rick L

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    Hi Skip, congrats on the purchase! We love our ST44. Yes, these trawlers do burn through anodes/zincs. Especially the props. I installed a galvanic isolator last year and it has decreased the loss a bit. I was replacing prop zincs 3x per year and now it is twice. Bottom line is that boatzincs.com will become your friend :) and yes, they do carry the prop zincs for the swift, but not for the thrusters.... I get those from the manufacturer online.
  8. mysterym

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    Starting my search for a ST44. Hoping to purchase this year and do the great loop next year or the year following. Please message me if any of you are planning to sell. Thanks!
  9. pamibach

    pamibach New Member

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    Ilike the looks and reputation of the swift trawler. It looks like a serious boaters boat, not something you buy to show off your wealth, bu you buy because you're serious about your boating
  10. captandrew

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    Looking for a 44 let me know if you are selling
  11. BFOD

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    I am completely new to boating and looking for my first boat.

    The idea is to buy a used boat to do trips around the Mediterranean along the coast (Spain, France, Italy) and on occasion open sea for a maximum distance of 190 nm, Menorca to Majorca would be the longest trip in open sea.

    My first experience was a 3 hours boat trip on a Bayliner 3055 Ciera year 2002 with wind force 4 to 5 and 2ft to 3ft sea. The ride was fun for about 30 minutes but became very uncomfortable. The second experience was a 40ft Rodman. Again, the same experience but slightly better that the first one. The Rodman is clearly a different boat than the Bayliner.

    It was clear that the med sea is no lake, the selection of the boat will be more technical than simply on looks.

    I have been following the sea state during months in the south Alicante / Ibiza area using the iPAD APP “windy”. It became clear that swells less that 2ft are exceptional. During The week swells are more in the range 2ft to 3ft. Swell period is around 6 seconds.

    Poke around the internet and it became clear that there are different boat types for different kind of boating. Have been looking to Nordhavn, Selene, Kadey Krogen, Defever and other full-displacement types. I guess that these ships are a bit of an overkill for the trips I am planning to make. There is a big step between understanding the difference in hull shapes and having some experience with different type of boats. So I need help from people with experience.

    I like a boat with safe and wide sidewalks, sundeck, possible for overnighting for 1 couple and two couples on occasion but most of all a comfortable ride for the Mediterranean with 2ft to 3ft sea.

    So, I came to the trawlers, Grand banks and Beneteau Swift type of boats. I hope that semi-displacement boat types will give a more comfortable ride. Speed, who needs speed? Having the possibility to go a bit faster than 8 kn for a full-displacement is well appreciated. This means we are in the semi-displacement type of boats. Full-displacement is still an option if it makes an enormous difference on ride quality and or safety. In case of full-displacement a stabilizer will be needed.

    Comfort and hull quality build will guide my choice. I have been looking to Trawlers and Flybridge types in the 39 to 42 feet range. There is more choice in flybridge types than trawlers any idea on difference in ride comfort? What hull type is a typical flybridge? Is it a semi-displacement or planing hull or something between?

    How will the swift 42-44 perform vs typical Flybridge (Prestige, Azimut, Princess) vs Fischer-Fly types (Beneteau Antares, Rodman)
  12. olderboater

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    Need to understand you a little more to make recommendations. Why is it you want a boat? What is your boating experience? I'm asking because you mention two trips in mild conditions and you indicate you only enjoyed about 30 minutes and then were uncomfortable. Some people aren't really boaters. Some people want moderately comfortable. Some only enjoy it in the perfect boat in perfect conditions.

    There are many boats that are excellent med boats, depending on what you're after. I'd mention Sunseeker and Riva as two you didn't mention. However you don't indicate an interest in the speed they'd have.

    Many would enjoy a Beneteau ST, but they won't give you as smooth a ride as a Nordhavn. What else are you seeking in a boat? Do you want a flybridge. Perhaps you should charter some boats to refine your thoughts. How many people will typically be aboard and how many of those can assist at the helm or with docking and anchoring? Are you thinking new or used? What price range have you established?
  13. BFOD

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    Thanks for your reply,

    Please find all information in my original post.
    I was looking for information on sea keeping quality (med 2ft to 3ft sea) between a Semi-displacement ST 42-44 and a typical Flybridge like Azimut, princess, prestige in the 39-42 ft range.
    Difference between Beneteau Antares and ST42-44

    Difference at displacement speed and in the range 13kn to 18kn
  14. mysterym

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    no one wants to sell?! :(

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