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The Importance of a Follow-Up Survey
The Worth of a Follow-Up Survey
After a long, tightly scheduled trip like this one that tests the boat and all of her systems, it’s hard to overestimate the value of having someone with a practiced eye and good tools like a phenolic hammer to make sure that she is as healthy as she appears to be. Consider it a “trust, but verify” operation. At a cost like the $340 that Robert Noyce charged for this survey, it’s cheap insurance to make sure that this well-traveled Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler continues to maintain both her cruising capability and her value.
What You Can Learn
Our surveyor, Robert A. Noyce, showed that a marine survey provides more than a suitability-for-service report and a measure of quality: Maintenance tips and repair history are also revealed.
The second survey of this Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler confirmed our original judgment that this is a high-quality boat. She’s designed with great attention to detail, she’s built well, her systems are solid and well installed, and she performs efficiently at both trawler and fast cruising speeds. She has shown herself to be an eminently capable Great Loop cruiser.
It’s important to give credit also to the boat’s captains, crews and especially the support crew, headed by Hopkins at Annapolis Yacht Sales and the folks at Beneteau USA headquarters in Annapolis. They organized the trip extremely well, laying out a route that showcased this 36 1/2-foot trawler in a wide range of cruising areas while also ensuring a service network. For example, Cummins dealers serviced the main engine in New York City (100-hour check), St. Petersburg, Florida (250-hour check), and Charleston, South Carolina (500-hour check). Cummins Onan serviced the genset in Chicago. The support crew also helped to arrange propeller and rudder repair after two groundings that occurred during the voyage, and the repair to the exhaust system in St. Louis.
The backbone of the operation, though, was the tight system of daily checks, handoff lists, clearly explained captains’ responsibilities and detailed user manual. The result was that everyone was well aware of the vessel’s condition at all times and easily able to spot trouble before it became serious, so they could also truly enjoy a remarkable voyage aboard this capable trawler.
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
This boat combines the seakeeping of a displacement vessel with performance approaching that of a cruiser with a full planing hull.
Engine: Single 425 hp Cummins MerCruiser diesel QSB5.9
Displacement: 16,356 lb.
Top speed: 25.4 mph