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3 Destinations To Explore With The New Grand Trawler 62

Marina Nazario | June 21, 2021

Travel At Ease With Beneteau’s New 62-Foot Grand Trawler.

Let’s slow down for a second. Like really slow down. It’s an adjustment, right? But sometimes, it’s exactly what we need. Beneteau’s Grand Trawler 62 is slow and steady in the best way possible. She’s a big girl with a lot to offer and encourages boaters to take it easy. 

Beneteau enjoyed plenty of success with the Swift Trawler range. We know the ST 47 is the perfect family boat and can cruise to the Bahamas and back on one tank of fuel. The ST 44 demonstrates excellent displacement in rough seas. And the ST 41 features a distinguishing aft galley. But the Grand Trawler? She’s taking you places in a safe, slow, fuel-efficient way.

Trawlers are an excellent choice if you’re in the market for a comfortable and spacious boat. A large fuel capacity makes these vessels ideal for long-distance cruising and overnight vacations. It’s the best boat for a Great Loop adventure or leisurely cruise around the Caribbean. When you’re ready to slow down — here are 3 destinations to explore with the new Grand Trawler 62.

Gulf Coast of Florida

During Summer 2020, Beneteau conducted a survey of Swift Trawler customers to learn how they use the boat. The clients provided feedback related to three benchmarks of the user’s experience: slow speed, space and comfort, and simple luxury. So when designing the 62-foot Grand Trawler, Beneteau recruited naval architect Micad with a layout by Nauta Designs to create something that customers value: safety, good range, contentment.

The Grand Trawler 62 is ideal for cruising in the shallow waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast. You’ll find a mix of beaches, small fishing villages, swampy marshland, and wilderness terrain. The Grand Trawler’s design and layout encourage boaters to enjoy the environment rather than be closed off from the world. The main salon and cockpit seamlessly connect to create an open-air plan that lets boaters enjoy their surroundings. A large swim platform tempts guests to dive in and cool off.

Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, stop at Sanibel to find sand dollars on the beach, the Everglades to spot wildlife, and Florida’s panhandle for small coastal towns.

Lake Michigan

In the same survey, 65% of customers say they average 15 years of boating experience. Most are content with slowing down. About 80% said they use their Swift Trawler at slow speed, about 8-12 knots — the perfect speed to explore the Great Lakes.

Climb to the flybridge, crack open a Leinenkugel, turn up Jack Johnson, and enjoy lake life on the Grand Trawler 62. Lake Michigan is 22,404 square miles of freshwater, aka trawler paradise. An experienced boater knows how to navigate the lake during busy summer months — always travel during the weekdays, stand still during the weekend. Points of interest throughout the Great Lakes include Mackinac Island, Grand Haven, Lake Charlevoix, and Torch Lake (a slice of the Caribbean in the Midwest).

The Carolinas

To round out the survey, respondents shared that they enjoy the navigation itself, not only as a way to reach the destination but also as a journey. They value the freedom to sail, to travel slowly, and to look around and discover nature. 

You could spend a big chunk of time exploring the coasts of the Carolinas. The Grand Trawler 62 has a raised central helm station with all the navigation equipment you might find in a large yacht pilothouse. The reverse section windshield offers panoramic views that can be shared from a comfortable port side bench seat. An internal stairway from the helm station leads to the flybridge for easy movement while underway.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks is well known for incredible boating. Hatteras is a small fishing village known as the “Blue Marlin Capital of the World.” Stop here to meet hospitable locals, eat delicious seafood, and embark on fishing excursions. Moving south, South Carolina’s coastline is a welcoming haven of beaches, harbors, rivers, and tidal creeks. Bohicket Marina, between Kiawah and Seabrook, offers about 200 wet slips and a walkable market with restaurants, bars, and shops.

The Grand Trawler is comfortable and seaworthy, with a cruising range of 900 nautical miles. The distinct displacement hull on this model is optimized for slow, long-range efficiency at 9 knots, giving her the name “Grand.”

She is available in two versions — 3 or 4 cabins to accommodate 6 to 8 guests. The flexibility of the accommodation areas is designed for spending extended time onboard and ensures everyone is comfortable. The interior is strikingly spacious, neat, and well-appointed, with volumes similar to much bigger yachts.

Following the Swift Trawler line’s success, Beneteau takes quality and adventure a step further with the Grand Trawler 62 to fulfill long-distance cruising dreams. Contact a Beneteau specialist to inquire about the Grand Trawler that’s available on order.

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