Featured Trawler: Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 Walk Through and Video 

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 is the perfect size to enjoy days on the water, or extended breaks on board. With three cabins and ample socializing areas, this is a great choice for a mid-range trawler. Read on for more from this transcribed video, or click on the video to see Robert Chaffer, Product Manager of the Beneteau Trawler Range, walk you through some of the key features of this model. 

Watch the video Swift Trawler 48 – Walkthrough on YouTube.

Video Transcription for Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – Walkthrough:

Hello, I am Robert Chaffer, the Product Manager of the Beneteau Trawler Range. Welcome to the Beneateau Academy presentation of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 48. The Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 builds on the established Swift trawler core values of seaworthiness, easy circulation, timeless design and practical extended time on board functionality and storage space. The Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 features a highly efficient and seaworthy semi-displacement hull form allowing nine knots displacement speed range of 600 nautical miles or 18 knots planing speed range of 280 nautical miles with a 10 percent fuel reserve and a top speed of 21 or 25 knots depending on the specification of the Cummings 380 or 425 horsepower engines.

As you will discover, the exterior space and interior layout have been fully optimized for extended living on board. Starting with the bathing platform, we have a usable space a 3.95 meters beam by 1.25-meter depth. The tender lift allowance is 350 kilograms. The bathing platform features a fold away dinghy chocks with pad eyes, with a substantial bathing ladder featuring swimming pool handles to the starboard side, note another clip-on bathing ladder can be located on the port side allowing easy boating with the dinghy stowed on the platform. The port side features a wide twin stainless-steel lift and lock gates to the cockpit. Note, there is no step between the bathing platform and the cockpit. On the starboard side, there is space to fit an electrohydraulic transom mounted passerelle which is accessed by removing the starboard backrest and base cushion.

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

Here, we have the aft cockpit area on the port side end of the transom seat, we find the shore support locker which can be optioned with power retract cable master. The locker also houses the shore water hookup. Adjacent to the port side gate, we find the transom shower and portside rope bench – note the generous 40-centimeter cleats in this area with rubbing strikes and drinks holders. On the forward face is the emergency manual bilge pump, the handle is located on the back of the port side lazarette hatch. Under the transverse cockpit seat, we find the twin 10-kilogram butane gas bottle locker, which if you specify, electric cooking becomes a useful storage locker.

The port side flyby stairs feature a foot operated release and lock system allowing the stairs to be stowed against the patio door, optimizing the seven square meters of cockpit space. Forward of the stairs, is a triple section gray tint patio door allowing a single access day door as well as double wide opening to the saloon. Just forward of the starboard side rope bench is a semi-recessed locker housing the control panels for the passerelle tender lift and third station joystick. The overhead canopy features down lights, a safety handrail and speakers. Overhead, note the perimeter storage channel for the aft cockpit cover which rolls up and stows in this space. This clever design along with the starboard side windjammer door allows the cockpit space to be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Now let’s go forward and explore the side deck of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48. Moving forward, we have a locker for the water filler then another for the port and starboard fuel fillers with the deck wash outlet in the side deck step face and finally blackwater discharge on the forward side gate. Before the side deck steps, we have a super wide starboard side door with multiple stop positions adjacent to the main helm. Opposite, there is a bulwark gate with four and a half to midship spring cleats. Close to hand, this logical layout of the service points on starboard in combination with the pilot side door and boardwalk gate make for easy and stress-free docking. A key point refined for many years, on Swift trawler client feedback. 

So, on the foredeck forward, we find a 2.2 meter long by 1.65-meter-wide sun pad with drinks holders and an easy to operate pull up backrest creating a lovely forward-facing seat to enjoy a sundowner in the evening. The foredeck working zone features a 2,000-watt anchor winch with rope capstan and dual anchor stem heads with 40-centimeter cleats close to hand. The second stem head allows the client the flexibility to fit a second anchor and use the rope capstone. The mooring pack includes a 25-kilogram delta anchor with 85 meters of chain. The starboard anchor locker houses the wide remote winch control and fenders can be stowed above the chain. Note the clever cutout in the hatch that allows the control to be used with the hatch closed. The step through pulpit with which step comes seat, allows good access and visibility of the anchor during deployment and retrieval. Intelligent touches like this make life easier and safer on board. 

Behind the stainless steel framed slatted fashion plate, we have a PMMA door on starboard that blocks the wind into the aft cockpit area when swinging on anchor. A feature of Swift trawlers it’s the asymmetric side deck widths which are biased to the starboard side for easy circulation. The high ball walk and an overhead canopy offer great security and protection in this area.  

Up here on the flybridge of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48, we have an overall area of 20 square meters. Starting port side aft, is the hatch to the cockpit stairs with safety handrail. On starboard aft, we have over five square meters of space that can be used for sun loungers and storage etc. On the starboard side, outboard of the safety rail, we have space for a life raft canister with pad eye strap down points. Forward of this area on starboard, is the forward-facing transverse wet bar which allows the chef to be in good communication with everyone. Seated forward, the wet bar features a grp lid over a barbecue grill and sink with a 40-liter fridge and storage locker and waste bin underneath. 

On the inboard end of the wet bar is the standard boat radar mast. An alternative to the standard mast, is the flybridge hardtop option giving a large, shaded area over the forward seating area and featuring a retractable electric sun top, giving an opening aperture of 4.7 square meters. Note if the hardtop option is selected, then this must be done in combination with the generator and tender lift platform options to ensure the boat’s optimum vertical center of gravity is maintained.  

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

Forward of the wet bar, there is a generous opposing L-shaped seating area with a dining table that is 1.1 meters long by 1.2 meters wide when deployed, allowing up to eight people around the table, with the pilot seat rotated. The forward ends of these seats feature transform backrests creating three forward-facing seats, adjacent to the pilot seat, great for passage making. The central helm console features excellent all-round visibility with engine instruments, switch gear, and space for up to two MFD screens on autopilot etc. The Cummings joystick and throttles are all arranged for easy docking. The pilot seat features a flip up bolster rotation and slide adjustment. 

The saloon and main pilot station occupies a space of 18 and a half meters overall. Coming through the patio doors on port side, we have a large L-shaped galley with Corian worktop. There is a full height, 255-liter fridge freezer adjacent to a gas hob, and oven. The alternative is a two-burner induction hob and a 40-liter multi-function microwave oven. Below this is a pots and pans drawer. Above the cutlery drawer, is a rack for the sink in fill and under this, is a magic corner unit to ensure maximum storage space. The cupboard underneath the sink houses the waste bin, this space can also be optioned with a dishwasher.

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

Outboard, we have a generous overhead locker and power points on the starboard side, we find a sideboard server unit, adjacent to the patio door, and we have light switches above the server unit. The aft cupboard features a bottle rack and can be configured with Villeroy & Boch crockery racks and an illuminated glasses cupboard above. An ice maker can also be fitted here. In the forward cupboards, you can find the ship control web server and one of the saloon aircon units fitted. In the ceiling above, note the safety handrail on the port side forward saloon, the 2.35-meter-long razor net features a 1100 centimeter by 67-centimeter dining table that can be doubled in size with the optional folding table and electric leg. This option also allows the pilot seat to rotate and join, making up to seven to eight place settings. Both the standard and upgraded tables can be lowered to make up a double berth with a privacy curtain for extra guests on board.  

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

Outboard of the dinette, is a large sliding opening window which in combination with the helm door is great for cross ventilation. Forward of the dinette on the dash top is a large top entry locker that can be pre-fitted with the parts required for a 43-inch television. In this area, you’ll also find the plug sockets, light switches and audio controls. The aft end of the dinette features a large drawer which can be replaced by a 23-bottle chiller. Decor wise, this boat’s interior joinery is finished in ALPI oak with oak slatted doors and crème curtains all round. The joinery can also be available in ALPI teak.  

The main helm console features a compass and helm indicator on driver center line engine instruments and switch gear. There is space for up to two 12-inch MFD screens and autopilot. On the right-hand side of the steering wheel are the Lenco trim tabs, Cummings throttles and joystick. The optional Cummings joystick integrates the 170-kilogram Force Sleipner variable speed control bow thruster with the engines. A separate 170-kilogram Force Stern thruster can also be specified. The position of these components adjacent to the starboard side door allow for easy docking and great situational awareness for the pilot. This can be further enhanced by adding the options of an aft-docking camera and Clear Cruise augmented reality’s four-peak camera which identifies targets around your course heading during navigation. 

Clever touches such as the phone recess with USB plug drinks holder and thumb screws providing easy access to the underside of the helm console for service access all add to the professional functionality of this area. The comfortable pilot seat features armrests and a flip up bolster, the pedestal leg features height, slide and rotational adjustment. Behind the helm on the pillar are the battery switches and Beneteau ship control panel which manages all the systems on board. This can also be displayed on the helm MFD screens. In the floor behind the helm seat is a recessed panel containing the emergency fuel shutoffs and engine room Fire Control Systems. 

Here we have the lower accommodation passageway. On the top of the stairs by the helm, we can see the light switches which are also repeated at the base of the stairs. Underneath the stairs in the passageway, you’ll find access hatches to the pumps, water heater, the gray shower overboard discharge, and the black water tank is forward.

Enjoy this walkthrough & video of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 – a great choice for days on the water, or extended breaks with family.

Here we are in the owner’s forward cabin. The island bed double mattress is 1.8 meters long by 1.6 meters wide with bedside shelves, corner cave lockers and deep overhead lockers to port and starboard. The overhead hatch and the large hull windows with inset port lights bring lots of natural light and airflow into the cabin. Portside aft is a three-quarter height wardrobe with space on the aft bulkhead for a 26-inch television. The back of the cabin door features a full height mirror and on starboard’s side, there is a storage cupboard with shelves and there is a large top opening underbed locker with access to the bow thruster, thruster batteries, charger and isolation switch. Finally, on starboard is the door to the ensuite bathroom. The owner cabin ensuite features a surface mount wash basin with storage underneath, electric toilet and a separate, spacious shower cubicle with seat. Note the clever height adjustable mirror door over the bathroom cabinet and the bathroom is well served with two opening port lights and a deck hatch providing plenty of natural light and ventilation. 

The starboard guest cabin features a transverse double bed. The mattress is 1.94 meters long by 1.4 meters wide. There is plenty of storage underneath the inboard end of the bed. This is where you will find the infill cushion for the dinette berth conversion. The cabin features two opening port lights and the wardrobe is divided into two sections. The upper section is a hanging locker with shelving in the lower part. The lower section can be specified with a washer/dryer. Outboard of the wardrobe are lockers for accessing the circuit breakers, battery breaker control and CAN bus systems across the aft transverse bulkhead are access hatches to the battery isolation switches and power distribution and, fuses for the passerelle, tenderlift and water maker. 

Here we are in the port guest cabin, we have a hull window with inset port light as well as a separate port light above. Below, we have two single mattresses – 1.98 meters long by 75 centimeters wide and a bedside locker with infill cushion which can be stowed underneath the inboard berth to make up a large double. We have an overhead locker with cave lockers and a wardrobe door with an ensuite door to the day head. There is a day access door from the passageway, an ensuite door from the port guest cabin. The surface mount wash basin has a large mirror above and storage underneath, electric toilet and spacious separate shower cubicle with seat. The outboard cabinet is above the toilet and the bathroom is well served with two opening port lights and a deck hatch, providing plenty of natural light and ventilation. 

So here we have the lazarette. Access to the lazarette is via two large hatches in the cockpit floor. Outboard, we have the engine port mufflers on port and starboard and the flooring inboard is very practical for the storage of optional folding table and chairs, folding bikes, deflated paddle boards, etc. Across the fore transverse bulkhead, is the location for the optional generator and isolation switch with battery on port side. If a stern thruster is fitted, the batteries are located underneath the aft lazarette floor hatches with a charger and isolation switch outboard. Across the transom rudder table, is the hydraulic piston for the rudders and pump for the autopilot. On the bulkhead, are the hydraulics for the optional tender lift and passerelle. 

Here we have the engine room. The engine room is accessed from a large hatch in the galley floor and the access ladder are demountable to create more space and access to the aft end. The engines we see here are the Cummings QSP 6.7-liter engines, producing 380 metric horsepower. The upgrade option is 425 metric horsepower. The drivetrain is straight shafts through stern glands to the props and rudders. Starting forward, we have port and starboard fuel tanks of 965 liters each a total of 1930 liters. On port and starboard aft are the 320 liter water tanks, 640 liters in total. The Cummings filters are located inboard either side of the sea water strainers on the aft bulkhead. Between the engines underneath the central walkway we have two times 12-volt 140-amp power service batteries and four times 50-amp hour engine batteries.

So, in conclusion, here are the key points of this new Beneteau Swift Trawler 48. We have a new entry-level Cummings Engine QSP 6.7-liter 380 horsepower. The helm station is adjacent to the starboard side door with luxury pilot seat. A large u-shaped seat to port convertible to double bed. Large aft galley with full height fridge/freezer. Starboard sideboard with optional crockery storage. Owner cabin head with separate shower cubicle. Fore guest cabin with infill mattress, and ensuite door. Port guest day head with separate shower cubicle. An optional, 350-kilogram safe working load tender lift platform and flybridge T-top.

Thank you very much for watching this presentation. I hope you found it informative, and we hope to see you on the water soon. 

Sign up to receive updates on the latest yachting and boating news and events.