img13208Here is a European-built performance cruiser designed by a firm that I am not familiar with, J&J Design. The Grand Soleil 37 is built in Italy and joins a fleet of six other similarly styled models.

Let's jump right in and look at the interior layout. There are two basic layouts available. The three-cabin layout has mirror-image port and starboard quarter-berth-type staterooms. The two-cabin layout eliminates the port stateroom and expands the starboard athwartships stateroom, allowing for a big double berth and creating room for a big lazarette locker to port and a shower stall in the single head.

If you concede that you do not need an offshore-styled galley in the classic U-shape configuration, you have more options in galley layout. One that proves effective is spreading the galley out longitudinally adjacent to the dinette. There is plenty of working space with counter space on both sides of the sinks and stove. For harbor-hopping this would be a great galley. The downside of this layout is the lack of an opposing settee. I think four adults would find it too tight to relax in that dinette for extended periods.

The hull form is moderate with a flattened bottom through the midsection and a small skeglet aft. The D/L is 220. This is a beamy boat, but you can see that it needed the beam to accomplish its interior. Cruising boats are often designed from the inside out, and I find no fault in that. The rudder is a raked spade with about 15 percent balance area. Two keels are available with drafts of 5 feet, 1 inch, or 6 feet, 9 inches.

The double-spreader rig has swept-back spreaders and in-line and forward lowers. There are two rigs available. The shorter rig, with an SA/D of 15.6, has a 42-foot-8-inch I. The tall rig, with an I of 48 feet, 3 inches, has an SA/D of 17.81. I think American owners outside of windy San Francisco should go with the taller rig.

This is a very handsome design, once again leaning toward the basic deck styling established by the early Swans. The Grand Soleil line has always had a very Swanlike look to it. There is tankage for 33.7 gallons of fuel and 72.7 gallons of water.

Attractive cruiser designed from the inside out.

Boat Specifications

Draft5'1" (keel option 1), 6'9"(keel option 2);
Displacement14,111 lbs.;
Ballast4,630 lbs.;
Sail Area569 sq. ft. (std. rig), 650 sq. ft. (tall rig);
SA/D15.6, 17.81;
AuxiliaryYanmar 3GM30 27-horsepower diesel;
Fuel33.7 gals.;
Water72.7 gals.


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