This 2 cabin Beneteau 37, is stylish and clean on deck, the interior is comfortable and thoughtfully laid out, it performs very well but is also easy to sail and to maintain, and it's affordable.
‘Lusteen’ is efficient on all points of sail. The 37 is also very easy to handle. Deck hardware is first rate. All running rigging except the topping lift is led aft to the cockpit through jammers.
The cockpit is quite wide and very comfortable. The wheel is located well aft and at the helm you feel like you're sitting on the transom. It gives you a full view of the sails and a direct connection to the rudder. When you give the 36-inch wheel a small turn the boat responds immediately. There are three cockpit lockers, including a huge sail locker to starboard. A pivoting helm seat offers access to the swim step astern.
A brand new bimini and dodger were fitted onboard in November 2020. On top of the bimini, four 100W flexible solar panels are fitted keeping the batteries topped up and the refrigeration running during the daytime.
The interior is bright and airy. The layout is practical and the two-cabin one-head arrangement is an ideal use of space. The L-shaped galley is immediately to port. It includes all the usual features, double sinks, gimbaled stove and oven, front-opening 12-volt refrigeration and plenty of storage.
Access to the aft cabin is through the galley. Billed as the guest cabin, it is roomy and includes a genuine double berth and hanging locker.
The head and nav station are opposite the galley to port. The head includes a stall shower and is more spacious than heads in older model Beneteaus.
The saloon includes a straight settee to starboard with storage below. This would be the best sea berth. To port a U-shaped settee drapes around a handsome table. There are shelves outboard with stylish stainless steel railings. The portlights flood the saloon with light, and seem bigger below than from on deck. The hull ports also add light and sense of space. Opening portlights and a large overhead hatch afford terrific ventilation.
The owner's cabin is forward. There is plenty of headroom, 6 feet, 3 inches to be precise, and that adds to the spacious feel of this comfortable cabin. There is a lot of stowage with a hanging and shelved locker to starboard, large lockers below the berth and another big overhead hatch and bright and efficient halogen lights make this cabin user-friendly.
There is enough water tankage to avoid installing a watermaker. All together there's 98 gallons with tanks under the aft bunk, and the forward section of the forward bunk. The tanks are rotomolded. The batteries are in the aft cabin.
A 29-horsepower Yanmar diesel is very fuel efficient and provides enough power to push the 37 along at more than 6 knots in protected waters. Access to the engine is from behind the companionway steps and through side panels in the aft cabin. Lusteen has a drive shaft transmission instead of a saildrive, which involves more maintenance. Drive shaft gears also have longer lives.
The 37 is a sailor's boat, you can feel the rudder at all times and the boat talks to you. Lusteen is a boat that you sail by the seat of your pants and by the wind on your face, not just by instruments.
This well maintained Beneteau 37 offers great value for money. She is currently located in Road Town, British Virgin Islands. She was in a charter fleet in the British Virgin Islands and was looked after by a full-time professional maintenance crew. If you are looking to get into a great sailing monohull and be in some of the most spectacular cruising grounds imaginable, without having to sail across an ocean to get started, this is a boat worth looking at in a great starting location.
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