Beneteau Yachts’ The Greatest Loop, a Swift Trawler 34, just completed the Great Loop cruise, circumnavigating the eastern United States. What started as a brand-new boat in April, so new the styrene knocked us out when we opened a hatch, now has 600 hours on her Cummins MerCruiser diesel and 6,000 miles beneath her keel. That’s equivalent to about eight years of use for the average boater.
We tested the Swift Trawler 34. But this project provided an opportunity to see how a brand-new boat stands up over time. We had the boat surveyed at Annapolis Yacht Sales by Robert A. Noyce and Associates, Marine Surveyors and Appraisers. Noyce is a four-decade pro. He’s worked for Lloyd’s of London, the European Union’s Recreational Craft Directive (RDC) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). We’ll resurvey the boat to compare it with that baseline survey in an upcoming issue.
What the heck can a new-boat survey prove? Should you get one? How does the Beneteau fare? Read on and find out.