Originally Posted by Talbot
I would really like to know your spin on the advantages / disadvantages of the 37 versus the 39.
Particularly as a liveaboard
and long distance blue water cruiser.
Are both build as solidly? sail performance, space for living/storage etc.
I can see that the 39 has a larger cockpit and this obviously has merit in warmer climates, does this relate to less space inside for living when it starts to rain?
I know that there is only about 4 inches difference in length.
I think either boat would be a good choice. I have only seen the exterior on the 39 so I can't really compare living space.
When I was boat shopping
, I did look at the pics and specs of a nicely equipped 39. The only part I didn't like on the 39 was the outboard helm
location. Since most of our cruising is in the tropics, I didn't want to be out in the elements while hand steering
. We also use the intercoastal waterway on US East coast
and many narrow stretches require hand steering rather than autopilot
. The helm
station on the 37 is on forward bulkhead and under the bimini
top. We replaced the single
helm seat with a double seat so the "Admiral" and I can both see over the bulkhead. From the helm we can also see all "four corners" of the boat for docking
which is another advantage.
We are primarily coastal cruisers so we haven't experienced very large seas or winds above 35kts, but the boat feels very solid in big seas and handles easily is strong winds. In 2006 we logged 5200NM on our "shake down cruise" and we were extremely happy with the boat. I was really impressed with Cat Tales while sailing in the Atlantic off the New Jersey
coast. We had 20kts of wind
on the stern and were sailing wing and wing with the main on a preventer. We had 6ft seas on the stern and were surfing down the waves doing over 12kts at times. The amazing part was the boat was so stable that the autopilot
was able steer the whole time
and both sails
accomodations are great for two people and it also works well when we have guests. We love the large forward berth and the large hatch
above it. In warm weather
we always seem to get a breeze even if we have to put an air scoop over the hatch
. The galley
down to port works well and gives us lots more counter space than available in galley-up cats of the same size. We would have liked a 3 burner stove, but there is only room for a 2 burner. We converted the port queen berth to clothes storage and a small office. I built a slide-out shelf for a laptop
and a top shelf for a printer and file storage. We also like the nav station on the bridge deck
. It is very convenient to the helm and makes a nice work desk when at anchor
Our only criticism of the 37 was the escape hatches
on the inboard side of both hulls. The hatches were standard Lewmar
hatches with standard nylon handles and stops. When fully loaded, the bottom of the hatches were only about 3 inches above the waterline and were awash in any kind of sea. Our hatches leaked around the seals
and I didn't feel safe with the handle/stop situations. I had the same hatches overhead and many of the rivets holding the stops corroded out. I started a thread about the escape hatches
in this multihull
section with some pics. To make a long story short, I removed the lexan
glass from both hatches and replaced it with 1/4 inch aluminum
plate. Then I through bolted the aluminum
to aluminum backing plates
(angle iron) on the inside. I removed the nylon handles and stops. Now I don't lose any sleep over the hatch situation and it was a cheap
fix. Friends had the same situation on a Lagoon 37
and they removed the hatches and glassed over the holes (OK in US, but not for EU standards).
Talbot, that's a quick summary of our opinions on the 37. If you have anything else you would like us to comment on, just let us know.