Originally Posted by SloopG
Thanks. Can you ask your friends with the Swift 34 a few questions for me:
What do they like/dislike about the Swift 34?
What other trawlers did they consider and why they selected the Swift
We are retired couple and primarily extended weekend boaters but do travel often and frequently for a month at a time - all inland lakes, canals, St Lawrence seaway & great lakes
We looked at the ST34 casually but wrote it off fairly early primarily due to cost w/ basically only new being available (in the hardtop version we were interested in) vs other used that were closer to our budget.
- We didn't like that it has a "wet head" vs separate shower
- I didn't like the engine access - having to move salon furniture & open hatches to get below
- The second "stateroom" was not important to us
- I thought the overall design, layout, generous walkaround, stbd side tuna door were very well thought out.
Other boats we considered were: Sabre / Backbay - very nice fit, finish & layouts w/ higher price point than Benetau's but there were several used ones available that were in excellent condition.
We talked about & looked casually at 34 tugs - things we didn't like...
in the 34 ft size range some/all? had no continuous walkaround for canaling / locking - had to go through pilot house / salon to get from fwd to aft
Speed limitation - we wanted to make Great Lakes crossings in half day max vs full 8 hr+ day trips
We also looked at - and ended up w/ a Mainship 34HT - I was fortunate and found a 1 owner fresh water boat that had 110 hrs on the engine & gennie and original labels on the stove & microwave and a motivated seller!
I do like the MS cockpit engine access hatch which doesn't disrupt salon traffic at all and makes routine checks & access to storage easy
The separate shower has been wonderful.
Our "right" answer is not the correct one for everyone but it has worked well for us.
You are smart to consider all of your options and +/- based on how you
will be using the boat and what your priorities are.