At first glance, one can tell that the Beneteau Swift 34 has a cruising pedigree. The more time we spent with her, the better we liked her for a cruising couple -- whether they have long range aspirations or just short range. She is easy to handle, economical to operate, has room for a second couple (or two kids) in a stand-up cabin, and best of all she is affordable. The Swift 34 will cruise happily at 15 knots all day or at 7 knots for a couple of weeks. We think that this boat can make the cruising dream possible for some people that may have thought they would never be able to pull it off.