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Beneteau Swift Trawler 52 - Offload from France to Florida

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 52 - Offload from France to Florida
The FIRST Swift Trawler 52 cruising in America!
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Vessel type and size - Beneteau Swift Trawler 52
Engine type and horsepower - Twin Volvo D9-575 HP
Economical Cruising Speed - 18kts/top speed 23kts
Starting Location - Port Everglades, FL
Final Destination - Fort Pierce, FL

Captain Chris Yacht Services has the pleasure of offloading this brand new 52 foot yacht, a truly SWIFT Trawler! Built in France, this NEW Beneteau model will formally be introduced to America at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show but here's a sneak peek.

Click on the pictures below for your own look at this sleek Swift Trawler 52.

It's hurricane season here in Florida and Tropical Storm Fay made just enough noise to delay our offload by one day. Some of her extremely long feeder bands were dancing all around us but she gave us a short break while we launched from the ship.

Our shakedown cruise up the ICW to Fort Pierce was smooth and uneventful. In between the numerous manatee zones we managed to open her up to 23 knots. Boy! This is a wonderful ride. Click here to read what Passagemaker Magazine thinks about this Swift Trawler.

Our first look  at the Swift Trawler 52 through the security fence on the pier. We must have top security clearance to get into our nations ports.
Standing at the bottom of the boarding ramp, we are ready to load our supplies.
Up and down a ladder to get all our supplies aboard before the Swift Trawler 52 is in the water.
Tight squeeze in the waterway as this container ship passes by. Notice the tugboat standing at the ready.
Lots to do to prepare the Swift Trawler 52 for launch. Lifting slings must be put in place before the straps are released. Hurry! Hurry! The ship is behind schedule due to Tropical Storm Fay.
Up! Up and away!
Setting in to the ICW Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the crane operator stops at the ships deck level. We climb over the ships railings to board the Swift Trawler 52 and ride the rest of the way down.
Beneteau USA representative Dan Kimball accompanies us on the trip to Fort Pierce. The Disney Cruise Liner and 17th street bridge are in the background.
Look at all the space outboard of the port engine. Lots of elbow room around these Volvos.
A long trip up the ICW after Tropical Storm Fay. Mother Nature sends us her approval.

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