Tuesday, March 26

Fountaine-Pajot 37: Lots of Room, Lots of Performance

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You really don’t appreciate how much room there is in the new Fountaine Pajot 37 power cat until you climb aboard. There’s space everywhere – in the clean, wide cockpit, the spacious flying bridge, the super-sized salon, the three cabins below and even more on the bow. When I was on the boat at a recent show, I looked around and counted nine other people there, with room to spare. Not bad for a 37-foot cruising boat.

But extra space is only one of the advantages of this latest entry from a highly respected French builder. Performance is another. With a 16.7” beam stretched across twin hulls, the boat is stable at rest or underway; the two hulls tend to smooth out rough seas that could cause many monohulls to stay tied up at the dock. Optional twin 220-hp Volvo diesels power the boat to a top speed of 20 knots.

Wide, sliding glass doors lead from the cockpit to the salon, which is bright and airy with light streaming in from windows all around. The galley is to port; a U-shaped lounge and teak table are to starboard. The lower helm station is forward to starboard.

Below, the master is behind a sliding door on the port hull, with a queen-sized bed and head with shower. Two guest cabins are across the boat on the starboard side, sharing another head with shower. Up top, the flybridge is protected by a hardtop. There’s seating aft and along the port side, with room for six or eight, with a table opposite the helm to starboard.

Specs.: LOA: 36’1”; Beam: 16’7”; Draft: 2’6”; Disp.: 17,800 lbs.; Fuel: 317 gals.; Water: 93 gals.; Standard Power: 2x 150-hp Volvo diesels. Base Price: About $329,000.



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