Jeanneau with the DB range has entered the walkaround segment. Today we have a chance to see how the latest addition to this range sails, namely Jeanneau’s DB 37, a model that comes after the
from the French shipyard. Compared to its big brother, on the 37 we see a same philosophy, but declined in smaller dimensions. Having tried both of them, we can therefore observe the continuity between the two models, both born from the hand of Camillo Garroni, which make modularity on deck their main strengths.
Jeanneau DB 37
To see what DB 37 looks like in detail, watch this video. In terms of layout from the stern we find a large platform (without outboard) and immediately next to it a cockpit with double seating, behind the galley area. The configuration is the classic day boat configuration with a convivial area that can be converted into a sun deck and a galley/wet bar with storage, refrigerator, and the various optional extras that an owner can request based on his or her needs.
In the version we tested, taking advantage of the upper hard-top and windshield, a bow cover had been inserted to “close” the passages towards the bow, so as to insulate the whole area under the hard-top from the wind. Perhaps not aesthetically the most appealing solution, but plus important for repairing the boat and making it more protected in bad weather, for example.
Jeanneau DB 37 – Below Deck
A 12-meter walkaround such as this was born primarily for outdoor living. The DB name of the range alludes precisely to day boating, that is, the use of the boat throughout the day. Yet DB 37 is also made for sleeping on board.
In fact, the shipyard made what could be called a radical choice on this hull. No “parlor” below deck, but two real cabins, one forward and one aft, with separate entrances and a bathroom with separate shower stall. In particular, the forward cabin is tall and bright, while the aft cabin uses the entire beam of the boat (3.57 m).
Jeanneau DB 37 – Below Deck
How does this hull sail? The engine of the version we tested was with a 320-horsepower Volvo D4 pair. We tested it in the waters of Cannes, with a bit of a tense sea breeze and shallow seas. As can be guessed from the motorization, we are not on a thoroughbred, but on a hull that in the conditions in which we tested it showed itself to be soft stable and dry at the hull level. The fitted propellers, as also anticipated by the shipyard before the release, limited performance somewhat, especially on glide entry, where the hull actually struggled a bit. There were six of us on board, with about 250 liters of fuel taken on board. Regardless of contingencies however, Jeanneau’s DB37 touches 34 knots top speed (with a consumption of about 127 liters per hour) and at cruising speed, at about 25 knots, is around 85 liters per hour.
Overall, it can be said to be a congenial hull for a weekend on the water with the family or as a party boat for day trips, in an all in all compact size that simplifies its handling and maneuverability.
|RPM||Speed (knots)||Consumption lt/h|
|Length f.t. LOA||11.83 m|
|Draught Draught||1.17 m|
|Serb. Water Water tank||//|
|Serb. fuel Fuel tank||720 l|
|Sterndrive||2 x D4 Volvo 320 horsepower|
|ON BOARD On Board|
|Project||Jeanneau Design / Centkowski & Denert Design|