Here is a walk through of our boat that we spent over a year on.
Kissed Some Frogs is our 2006 Beneteau Swift Trawler 42. It measures 42 feet long with a beam (width) of 13 feet 11 inches. In that space Beneteau has packed:
- Two Staterooms (bedrooms)
- Two Heads (bathrooms)
- Galley (kitchen)
- Salon (living room)
- Cockpit (back deck)
- Flybridge (upper deck)
- Lots of storage!
(any of the images can be clicked to enlarge)
This photo is looking forward toward the front of the boat, you can see the Galley to the port (left) side and the lower helm station to the starboard (right) side. The staterooms and heads are in the bow (front) of the boat and are down three steps from the main salon/galley area. You can see the master stateroom straight ahead. The guest stateroom is to the right, and the guest head is to the left.
This is the Master Stateroom, with a queen bed, closet, and shelves to the starboard (right), drawers for storage under the bed, and the entrance to the master head to the port (left). Also under the bed is access to the bedroom Air Conditioning/Heating compressor and some of the boat systems.
This is the Master Head (bathroom). It’s what is referred to as a “Shower-let”, a combination shower (handheld) and toilet room.
This is the guest stateroom (bedroom) on the starboard (right) side of the boat. It has an L-shaped bed which is almost a queen size, a storage closet, and drawers to the right with lots of storage under the bed.
This is the guest head (bathroom) across the hall from the guest stateroom on the port (left) side. Again it is a shower-let with storage under the sink.
Moving up into the Main Salon/Galley area…
The Galley is on the port (left) side and has a double sink, 3 burner propane gas cooktop, propane gas oven (under the cooktop), and storage in drawers under the cooktop, and cabinets under the sink. A unique feature of the Beneteau is that there are sliding doors on both port and starboard, you can see the port door with a screen in place in the middle of the galley.
The Lower Helm Station is across from the Galley and on the starboard (right) side. It has the starboard door, a full set of electronics (Chartplotter, depth gauge, radar, satellite weather, two VHF radios, AIS, AM/FM/SiriusXM satellite radio, autopilot, and all of the buttons and levers needed to operate the boat. There is basically an identical set of controls on the Fly-Bridge (top of the boat) so it can be operated either inside in inclement weather or from up-top when it’s nice out.
Under the helm bench seat is another large storage area, and a flip-down step to make it easier to see ahead.
The main salon area is just behind the helm station and galley. It has a large sliding door at the back to the cockpit (back deck) of the boat. To the starboard (left, since we are now looking backward) there is a bench seat/couch and to the port (right) is the rest of the galley with storage drawers and cabinets.
Here is a closer look at the Salon area. We have a movable, height adjustable table, a bench seat/couch that converts into a third bed. Under the couch, is the air conditioning/heating compressor for the main salon area and some storage drawers.
On the port side behind the galley is the microwave on the counter, and the main refrigerator (under the microwave). To the left of the refrigerator, are storage cabinets and drawers. At the back, is our Television and Satellite TV system and the main electrical panel for the boat.
Under the floor of the salon, accessed from a hatch under the carpet, is the engine room with our twin 370 hp, diesel engines, and the two, 200-gallon fuel tanks in front of the engines. It’s a bit tight for regular maintenance as the floor to ceiling is only about 4 feet, but the entire center floor of the salon lifts out for larger maintenance tasks.
On the back of the boat is a covered deck area that has the steps leading up to the Fly-Bridge. We have a cover that will enclose this area if we wanted to use it in inclement weather. The table from the salon can be moved out onto the back deck for dining in nice weather. We’ve also installed a gas BBQ grill (under the black cover) on the back rail.
There is another door on the transom (back wall) to access the swim platform which has a ladder to get on and off the boat, and also can hold our dinghy if we will be using it frequently.
Under the cockpit, there is a large storage area, our freshwater tanks, and the generator that gives us electrical power for the air conditioners, microwave, TV, etc., when underway or at anchor. There is also a special compartment for storing the powder and shot for the cannon. (kidding, just seeing if you are paying attention, it’s actually for the propane tanks)
Up the stairs is the flybridge where we store our dinghy and can drive the boat.
On the flybridge, is a complete set of electronics, a nice table, and comfortable seating. There’s more storage under the bench seats.
We also have a sink and refrigerator (black door) on the flybridge for drinks, we also keep a large ice chest for even more cold storage.
On the boat deck behind the flybridge is the primary storage location for our dinghy. It’s a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) 9 feet long, with inflatable sides and an aluminum hull. It has a 9.8 horsepower outboard motor. We use it to get to shore if we anchor out and want to go visiting or exploring shallower water. There is a winch and boom on the main mast that lets us raise and lower the dinghy with little effort. If we are using it frequently, we can attach it to the swim platform at the back of the boat.
Also on the flybridge is the antenna mast and boom for the dinghy. The antenna mast has, from bottom to top: Boom Winch, Garmin Radar Dome, Deck Light, Rear-facing camera, Satellite TV Dome, Spot Light, Front-facing camera, Digital TV antenna, WiFi Repeater Antenna, Wind Vane and Anemometer, and the navigation and anchor lights.
Looking at the bow of the boat, you can see the skylight & vent hatches for the staterooms and heads. Storage for extra fenders (black & blue inflatable cylinders that go between the boat and dock), and at the very front is the anchor winch and two storage hatches to access the anchor chain storage locker and our back anchor.
So that’s “Kissed Some Frogs”, our home for our America’s Great Loop trip! At approximately 550 square feet, it has more packed into it than some condos we’ve seen and lots more living space than many of the flats I stayed in while traveling to London!
Watch for our updates once we start to see how we get along moving from a 5,000 sq/ft house to a 550 sq/ft boat.
Tom & Brenda