3700 Sport Yacht — By Diane M. Byrne —
Scene and Horde
Searching for a stylish cruiser that’ll handily hold the gang? Maxum has a Sport Yacht for you.
I’m all for skin treatments like facials, but I’d rather have them courtesy of relaxing experiences at a spa than the continuous pelting of horizontal rain at the helm.
Actually, it felt more like I was being sandblasted. I was steadily pushing the throttles forward on the Maxum 3700 Sport Yacht (SY), getting a sense for how she handled the two- to four-footers stirred up by heavy traffic, when suddenly my baseball cap blew off my head. As if it weren’t bad enough that my mop of hair was now unleashed and blowing into my eyes, the dismal skies over Miami chose that very instant to open up—sideways—straight into my face. Even when I throttled back as I approached the Sealine Marina, I was squinting so hard that anyone taking a quick look at me probably would have wondered why I was driving with my eyes shut.
Now, here’s the part where you’d probably expect me to expand on how I was having an utterly miserable day. But the truth is, a smile was creeping across my face. Because driving this boat was, well, fun. The 3700 SY had responded well throughout the rpm range, and even when we encountered wakes, she handled them with aplomb, surfing down them and righting quickly. She also didn’t pound or slap, and the stinging salt spray I’d been bombarded with hadn’t been generated by her hull but solely by Mother Nature.
While I was grateful she wasn’t breaking my back, if I’d been a buyer, I’d have been equally grateful that this cruiser wasn’t breaking the backs of my friends, either. For it’s apparent the minute you see this 37-footer that she’s set up to allow a pack of people to enjoy a long day’s cruise or even a couple of days bay-hopping without, well, packing ‘em in like sardines.
For example, while I enjoy boating with my Dad—just father and daughter—at my parents’ winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida, I have the most fun when we go out with a few of his neighbors in tow. (Sorry, Dad.) If you prefer this approach when you venture forth, you’ll appreciate that the 3700 lets three friends join you at the helm, thanks to the double helm seat and port-side benchseat. Not enough for you? No worries, a big, U-shape lounge immediately aft in the cockpit provides space for a handful more of the gang.
And if your friends decide they’d rather stretch out and laze in the sun, the 3700’s optional sun package addresses that need. Lower the table accompanying the cockpit lounge, and the area transforms into a sunpad. An additional pad for the foredeck comes with the same package, and there are wisely placed grabrails to each side to keep sunbathers anchored. Regardless of who’s where, the open layout means no one will be sitting (or laying) atop the other.
This article originally appeared in the December 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.