Just when we thought Jeanneau could not possibly fit another clever cruiser in its iconic New Concept lineup, along comes the NC 37, which made its North American debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February. Designed in collaboration among Michael Peters Yacht Design, Garroni Design and the Jeanneau Design Group, the 37-foot NC 37 joins Jeanneau’s family of inboard power cruisers, which includes the 30-foot NC 9, the 34-foot NC 33 and the 45-foot NC 14.
“The NC 37 rounds out our inboard powerboat options and is the perfect size for couples or couples cruising with kids,” said Nick Harvey, president of Jeanneau America. “The three staterooms and open-concept main salon floor plan mean there is room onboard for everyone you want to bring along, both inside and out.”
The NC 37 has a distinct look and feel to it, although the lines do somewhat mirror those of yachts built by Prestige, Jeanneau’s Mediterranean-inspired sister brand. Just the right amount of reverse sheer and carefully placed rounded edges offset an overall chiseled look, giving the NC 37 a sophisticated but utilitarian vibe.
Underneath the teak-covered aft cockpit is a pair of standard 220-hp Volvo Penta D3 diesels. Both are mated to Volvo Penta sterndrives with Duoprops. A pair of 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels with sterndrives and Duoprops is an option. It was nice to see joystick steering and bowthruster controls next to the engine controls at the helm, which should make docking less anxiety-inducing for the skipper. Station-keeping capabilities can be added as an option.
There are plenty of very comfortable accommodations for overnighting when you arrive at your destination, including two amidships staterooms and a forward master stateroom. All three share a head and shower, which are in private compartments so two people can use both spaces at once. Hullside glass with opening ports extends across all three staterooms and provides ample light and ventilation in these areas. Light-colored woods and contrasting upholstery create an upscale aesthetic belowdecks.
Like many new power cruisers being produced these days, the NC 37 has a single-level entertaining area that stretches from the cockpit lounge to the forward end of the salon. To transform these separate areas into one oversized social space simply open and stow a set of accordion-like glass doors at the cockpit bulkhead, where there is also a single piece of glass that flips up and stows against the cabin overhead with a stainless-steel gas-assist strut. Abaft the cockpit is a prime advantage of a powerboat with inboard power: an expansive, full-width swim platform. This one feels like a relaxing teak beach with pleanty of room for everyone.
The galley is well placed in the after starboard quarter of the salon, just forward of the cockpit and across from an L-shaped dinette. A movable ottoman increases seating around the folding, two-piece table. Jeanneau wrapped the salon in glass. There’s also a sunroof and a sliding door next to the helm, features that make the salon feel like an outdoor space.
Jeanneau’s new NC 37 should be a good fit for anyone looking for a well-executed cruiser with inboard power and plenty of space and accommodations for the whole family.
This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue.