Your Personal Ship.

The Beneteau Swift 52 feels more like your own personal ship than a boat. It’s very high, wide and looks solid from every angle.

Approaching from the stern, you step onto a big swim platform, through a real transom door designed to hold out the sea; you walk over real teak trim everywhere. The aft deck is protected by the bridge overhang with a nice port side seat. A glass cabin bulkhead gives a view astern.

Like a ship, covered side decks let you walk forward like you’re going up a sidewalk. It even has a forward cowling ahead of the cabin the way many ships do and there’s a door forward out to the deck where you see a deck seat, bow pulpit, massive windlass and anchor.

Up top, the flying bridge has deck space for davits and a fair sized dinghy. The upper helm has a commanding view and L-shaped seating will accommodate a big group. The flying bridge is accessed up a ladder from the cockpit but it is also accessible from the lower helm position in the wheelhouse! Very cool...weather protection, the comfort of climate control, a great helm seat and a wonderful view forward for both the captain and at the companion seat where there’s a lovely chart table as well. From the wheelhouse, there are port and starboard exits out to the catwalks.

On the lower deck is a full beam, midships master stateroom lit by huge port and starboard hull side portholes. There’s a head en suite and a second head for the forward stateroom and the quarter berth that has two singles.

By now, you must have guessed that this is one big 52-footer! Actually, LOA is 55’ 9” and more significantly, the beam is 16’ 1” and it’s 20’ high.

No wonder there is space for a fabulous salon with a dinette for six+ people and the beige ultra leather seating is uncluttered and adds to the feeling of spaciousness. There’s great headroom throughout and a simply fabulous galley with a home-sized Vitrifrigo refrigerator, dishwasher, Cuisinart microwave, compost container, twin sinks and even a window in front of the sink. Gorgeous, glossy finished cabinetry graces the interior.

This is a trawler but it is a classic semi-displacement hull design with your choice of twin Cummins or Volvo diesels for a respectable turn of speed with an elegant ride.

LOA 55’ 9”/17 m
Beam 16’ 1”/4.9 m
Weight 40,080 lb./20,000 kg
Engines Twin Cummins QSC 600 HP

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Destinations

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Mediterranean Shakedown: A Summer Cruise in Spain

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Lifestyle

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Hanse 388

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Ask Andrew: Electrical Installations – Part 1: Electrical Connections - basics and how-to’s

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