Jeanneau DB37, double soul

A walkaround under ten metres long with a very functional deck and plenty of space below decks. It is a perfect day boat and also works well on cruises

by Carlo Cattaneo – photo by Jérôme Kelagopian

This is a very competitive segment of the market”, Camillo Garroni told me. “There’s a lot of competition and all the brands are pushing their vision, but the boats usually end up looking pretty much the same. You won’t be able to tell them apart. At Jeanneau, we decided on two approaches to ensure that you can, which were first applied to the DB43 and are now being repeated on the new 37-footer”. We are on the quay in Cannes on a beautiful day that feels like spring.

The sides of the cockpit can be opened. This gives a maximum width of five metres.

Camillo Garroni and his design studio have been working for Jeanneau’s powerboat division for years, and he was talking to us about walkaround day boats: “The look has to be unmistakable, and that means we have gone for deep indentations in the sides, and the large hardtop with two powerful supports that are tilted heavily forward. But we have also tried to put more emphasis on the design project, with more volume and more headroom”.

This second aspect is particularly evident in the new DB37: although it is definitely a day boat (i.e. a Mediterranean-style boat for enjoying the open air) and is classified as a “natante” of less than ten metres, there is still plenty of space below decks. The Genoa-based design group and the Vendée shipyard have achieved what seemed impossible: the lower deck actually contains two independent double cabins, both of which are very decently sized, and a bathroom with a separate shower cubicle. When I had just got on board something that especially struck me was how light the bow room is, with its long side windows, and the spaciousness of the one in the stern, which may be below the cockpit but doesn’t feel in the least cramped or confined in the way that happens on boats of a similar type and size.

Despite being a classic walkaround boat, the DB37 has more space below deck than most of its competitors. There are two independent double cabins, each very decently sized, and a bathroom with a separate shower.

Judging by the small miracle that has been achieved below decks (which has also been achieved without interfering too much in the look of the boat, or weighing down the design) the DB37 is nevertheless a boat created for spending most of your cruise out in the open. The layout follows a standard walkaround style, with the midships area made up of the helm seats and a sort of rotatable “island”, and then there are two living areas, fore and aft. The sides in the stern fold down, creating a width that immediately increases from 3.57 to 4.90 metres.

The foredeck isn’t just the traditional sunbathing area, it’s also an intimate living space that complements the cockpit. Shade can be provided by an awning supp orted by four collapsible poles

I also liked the way the way that the two side “wings” that support the hardtop are flush with the sides, which is a design element that makes it very easy to move down the side decks, and which doesn’t take up much of the boat’s living area. There is a linear kitchen that stretches out behind the three seats at the helm, and the dinner table. This can be lowered and can be turned into a second large sunbathing area in addition to the one in the bow. The inboard motor version of the DB37 carries two Volvo Penta D4s each developing 320 horsepower, which for the moment is the only option available – in 2024 the French yard will also offer an outboard version (maximum power 2 x 400 horsepower) and subsequently a diesel-electric hybrid. So there are no alternatives at the moment, but judging by the figures we recorded during the test, you won’t feel the need for extra horsepower, far from it.


Using all available revs, we reached 34 knots (with fuel and water tanks at 60% and four people on board), consuming 127 litres per hour. The DB37 IB takes nine seconds to get up to speed and twenty seconds to reach thirty knots. All in all, these are very satisfactory figures, which are reflected in a good feeling at the helm, thanks to Michael Peters’ tried and tested hull. The fast cruising speed is almost 27 knots (fuel consumption of nine litres per hour), while the economy cruising speed is 22 or 23 knots, with fuel consumption of only 65-70 litres per hour. The helm position has excellent ergonomics with adjustable seats and good sight lines, while the instrument panel is very easy to see.

Engine room
The engine room is powered by two Volvo Penta D4s, each developing 320 hp. An outboard version will be available this year, followed by the diesel-electric hybrid.

SPBI Jeanneau
32 Avenue des Sables – CS 30529
85505 Les Herbiers Cedex – France

Garroni Design (interiors and exteriors) • Michael Peters (hull)

LOA 11.83m • Length 9.97m • Maximum beam 3.57m • Draft 1.17m • Displacement 9 t • Fuel tank volume 690 l • Water tank volume 250 l

2 x Volvo Penta D4s • Outlet mechanical power 235 kW (320 hp) • Bore&Stroke 103mm x 110mm • Swept volume 3,670 cc • 4 cylinders • Maximal rotational speed 3500/min • Weight 580 kg


414.100 €, Excl. VAT with 2xD4 – 320 Volvo engines (March 2024)

(Jeanneau DB37, double soul – – March 2024)