Beneteau has just started sea trials on its new Grand Trawler 62 displacement long-range cruiser in the Adriatic off the factory in Monfalcone, Italy, north of Venice. The company calls the new GT 62 “the ultimate voyaging yacht.”
With a pair of 730-hp MAN diesels and straight shafts, the GT 62 tops out at about 20 knots, but it’s meant to run at lower speeds for maximum efficiency, comfort and range. Indeed, at 9 knots, the 62 has a range of 900 nm.
Amadeo Migali, the naval architect who drew the boat, says the aim “is not to achieve 25 or 30 knots, but to design a boat that passengers enjoy at their own pace, with good seakeeping behavior to match every situation, and a long cruising range.”
The flagship of Beneteau’s trawler fleet, the GT 62 is luxurious, with three or four cabins, an aft deck that’s designed for dining and entertaining, and a massive flybridge with two captain’s seats at the helm, a sun pad, an L-shaped settee for eight facing a dining table, and a large wet bar. Two sun lounges and a boat crane are on the upper aft deck.
The salon is open, with a galley that can be closed off with an optional sliding door. The raised-helm pilothouse has a reverse windshield, a centered helm seat, a bench seat to port and a sliding door to the deck on the starboard side. An internal staircase leads up to the flybridge.
Below, the owner’s suite is full-beam amidships, and it measures a full 46 square feet, with a vanity/desk on the port side and large hull-side windows. The VIP cabin is forward; the island bed is angled so guests can see the view from the windows. Like the master, it has an en suite head. A third cabin has twin beds that can be converted to a double. It has a private door to the day head.
Separate crew quarters aft can be accessed by a private entrance.
Specs.: LOA: 62’2”; Beam: 17’10”; Draft: 4’7”; Disp.: 61,729 lbs.; Fuel: 1,056 gals.; Water: 222 gals.; Power: 2×730-hp MAN diesels. Read more: