Beneteau Launches New 50-Foot Trawler

As evidence of the recreational boat industry's global recovery, Beneteau has announced plans to introduce an all-new Swift 50 simultaneously in Europe and in North America beginning this fall. 

The newest model in the company's Swift Trawler range, the Swift 50 incorporates "significant design innovations' including pod propulsion to enhance performance and maneuverability at slower speeds.

"Architect Michel Joubert and designer Pierre Frutschi created a masterpiece with the new Swift 50. The boat features a more modern silhouette and smart interior design for living onboard. By incorporating Volvo IPS pod propulsion, not only is the Swift 50 as quick and fuel-efficient as her sisters in the range, but it frees up valuable space in the midship making the boat feel larger and more spacious than other boats in her class while providing exceptional maneuverability,' said Laurent Fabre, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Beneteau Powerboats Division.

The Swift 50 will be on display at three fall boat show in the eastern US, including the Baltimore TrawlerFest (September 25 to 30), the Annapolis Powerboat Show (October 11 to 14) and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 25 to 29). Simultaneously, the Swift 50 will debut in Europe at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes (September 11 to 16), the Southampton Boat Show  (September 14 to 23), the Barcelona International Boat Show (September 26 to 30) and the 52nd Genoa International Boat Show (October 6 to 14).

Beneteau introduced its first Swift Trawler model a decade ago. Today, the full range from 34 to 52 feet is available throughout Canada and the US. The boats' semi-displacement hull is strong while remaining lightweight, which enables quick planing with less power. Prominent chines lessen rolling in heavy seas and also make turning easy with a minimum of heel.

"What has made the Swift Trawler range so unique is that Beneteau married her specially designed hull to the proper engine-drivetrain combination to deliver impressive performance in speed, stability and fuel efficiency. What's even more remarkable in the Swift 50 is that we managed to take advantage of the IPS pods efficiency at much lower speeds than any other vessel before her,' says Fabre.