Fountaine Pajot MY37

Social spaces and cruising range mean this cat can meow and roar.

The MY37 isn’t the first power cat for Fountaine Pajot, but it is the latest and the smallest, as the French builder looks at the entry-level market.

Outdoor space on the MY37 is abundant, starting with the cockpit, which includes a four-person settee on the transom and room for a couple of beach-type chairs. The bow is home to two sunpads, for tanning at anchor, and again, there’s room for a two or three more people to lie on towels or sit on beach or camp chairs. The flybridge — or sundeck, as the builder calls it — features a twin-chair helm to starboard, a twin sunbed to port and a corner settee aft of the sunbed, with room for five or six rear ends. This is a very social boat.

In the main cabin — which can be part of the cockpit social scene with the aft doors all the way open — there is room for six guests on the portside settee (though you wouldn’t want that many eating at the dining table at once) and a lot of space for entertaining. A doublewide seat fronts the helm. The galley features a drawer-style refrigerator, a double sink, a three-burner stove and an integrated waste basket.

Being that it’s a catamaran, the boat offers smooth offshore performance, stability, interior volume and impressive range. It’s available in a three- or four-cabin layout, the latter being more for the charter market. The three-cabin version gives the owners a master suite with a private head in the port hull. Two guest cabins share a head to starboard.

Volvo diesels are the power of choice in the MY37, either 150 hp or 220 hp. With the 220, the cat can reach 20 knots, cruise efficiently at 14 and achieve a 1,000-mile range at 7 knots, according to the builder.