Used boats: two successful trawlers & lobsters compared


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Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34


Their ancestors were fishing and working boats. Made to hold the sea in all conditions, to have significant volumes, robust by design and construction.

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The trawler, derived from trawlers engaged in trawl fishing, is characterized by the elevated area of the dead work, which gives a square is spacious, as well as the cabins. There is all the space you need for even long-duration cruises. Design functionality is reflected in the overall safety of the boat, suitable for the whole family, stable in navigation. Many trawlers have, however, modernized, with a semi-planing hull that improves speed. The very capacious fuel tank allows for long cruises without obligatory stops.


the lobster is an American boat, actually from Maine, and originated for the work of lobster fishing, “lobster,” in fact. Of course, today they are quite different from their working progenitors. But what remains to these boats is the classicism of the lines, the purity of their appearance. There remains the usefulness of certain design elements that retain a practical function, although many times they have become more stylistic than real necessities. See, for example, the low aft bulwarks of U.S.-inspired hulls. High at the bow and very flared, they change flexion at mizzen and end low. Perfect for fishing and safe in rough seas. The deckhouse, which houses dinette and cabins, towers above the broadside.

For these reasons, trawlers and lobsters are always relevant, so much so that those offered today do not differ much from those of 10-20 years ago, which therefore remain relevant. Because even an example from a few years ago of these two types of boats still retains the same charm and can be bought used with 200-300 thousand euros. Here, then, are the characteristics that make them so distinctive and desirable.


Trawler and lobster, 2 used in comparison

Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

An 11-meter outboard boat that stands out for its compactness in a segment, the trawler segment, dominated by larger boats, to which the ST34 has little to envy when it comes to habitability and comfort in long displacement sailing.

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 is a boat that will appeal to fans of classic taste and slow displacement sailing. The originality of this trawler lies first and foremost in its compact size, but that does not mean it sacrifices interior space, which is not only spacious and habitable, but also warm and cozy, as befits this type of boat, which was created to spend a lot of time on quiet cruises.

The ST 34 has little to envy the larger trawlers, and even the fly has the feel of a large boat, as it features a large L-shaped dinette, positioned in the bow next to the helm station, and a tender storage area in the stern. There is no shortage of a canopy awning to create a shaded area when needed, although a sheltered area is always available in the cockpit because of the fly extension to the transom. The perimeter walkway is safe at all times, even in rough seas, thanks to the high walls at the stern and the equally high stanchions at the bow.

Just with long sailing in mind, the Swift Trawler 34 has great roominess. In fact, in about 11 meters (the homologation length, however, is 9.99 m) it offers a sleeping area below deck with two separate cabins plus a bathroom. Large vertically developed windows surround the entire salon on the main deck, furnished with a linear dinette in the stern and a galley area in the bow, which in size and usability is comparable to those of larger vessels.

Boat features: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

  • Loa: 11.14 m
  • B.max: 4.00 m
  • Displacement: 7,450 kg
  • Beds: 4
  • Motorization: 1×425 hp
  • Water tank: 320 l
  • Fuel tank: 800 l

The current price on the market is about 200 thousand depending on the year (2010) and condition.

Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

Rose Island Lobster 43

A classic boat for long sailing in all kinds of seas, dedicated to those thinking about their first cruises. The Rose Island lobster is a 14-meter with two cabins. Also very well utilized are the outdoor spaces. It maintains its nature as a classic boat in appearance, but is modern in solutions. The hull is in keeping with the marine qualities rightly considered to be a foundational element of a lobsterboat. The deep V, with hydrodynamic sustaining skids, makes it possible to cope with the sea in all conditions, but also makes it pleasant to stay in the roadstead, including those days when the sea mumbles a bit. There is no lack of concern for the environment, which can be translated into reduced consumption while sailing. Cruising range around 500 miles with the 2100 liters of diesel fuel in the tanks.

With its 10 square meters of floor area, the cockpit stands as a very functional area and also well furnished with everything you need to enjoy maximum comfort outdoors. Guests who like to spend time lying in the sun tanning can find the forward area of the deckhouse their ideal spot.

Only two cabins, but in comfort. The owner’s area enjoys two separate bathrooms, one with toilets and the other with a dedicated shower, while an additional toilet room with shower is the preserve of the guest cabin. As is the shipyard’s tradition, the furnishings are all solid pink ceddar wood, while the veneers are Honduras mahogany alternating with maple inlays. The dinette, illuminated by the deckhouse’s five square meters of glazed area, is furnished with a sofa and a table for six. A cabinet is then provided, in which the retractable TV mechanism is also concealed.

Boat features: Rose Island Lobster 43

  • Loa: 13.98 m
  • B.max: 4.30 m
  • Empty displacement: 12,800 kg
  • Beds: 4+1
  • Motorization: 2×450 hp
  • Water tank: 600 l
  • Fuel tank: 2185 l

The current price on the market is about 300 thousand depending on the year (2011) and condition.

Rose Island Lobster 43
Rose Island Lobster 43

Interior Lobster

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