Maxum 3700 SY: Sea Trial

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Maxum 3700 SY

Maxum 3700 SY: Sea Trial

Maxum 3700 SY: First-rate cruising and styling make this boat a double threat.

With 10 people on board and the Bimini top fully extended, the 3700 SY faced real-life conditions during the test.

The Maxum 3700 s distinct profile speaks for its sophistication — and its won t-be-ignored styling nimbly walks the fine line between today s European flash and a more traditional, reserved approach. As a result, the 3700 is flashy without being gaudy and it s luxurious without being impractical.

Life is full of firsts — and my test of the Maxum 3700 SY was particularly laced with first-time experiences.

This was my first time in Idaho — and, hence, it was the first time I had ever tested a boat on Lake Coeur d Alene. I was enamored with the natural beauty of the pine-covered area, but the Maxum 3700 SY is what really had my eyes working overtime.

The waters were calm that day, but we managed to find a few waves here and there, thanks to the wakes left by our fellow boaters.

Above and Beyond

Did I mention the fact that there were 10 full-size adults on board during my test? Another first. Did I also mention that we were all in the cockpit for the majority of our cruise?

If that s not a testament to the spaciousness of the boat, I don t know what is. Mind you, a few of the people in our party were standing, but seven or eight of us were sitting down most of the time — and it was quite comfortable.

As it just so happened, we were aboard the first 3700 SY ever built. It was the prototype, which had been built in Arlington, Washington. I was informed that there might be a few tweaks, here and there, but the productions models would probably be very similar.

When it was my turn to take the helm, I hopped onto the adjustable doublewide helm seat, grabbed the black vinyl steering wheel (with tilt steering) and flipped up the bolster, adjusting it until I was comfortable. I spent half the time standing up with the bolster and half the time sitting down without it, unsure of which I preferred. Either way, visibility was excellent.

The custom-molded dash console is sprinkled with analog instrumentation, including a tachometer, a voltmeter, and fuel, water temperature and oil pressure gauges. Trim tab controls are also at your disposal — and we made good use of them.

Two cup holders are built into the console, as is a flush-mount illuminated compass. In addition, the helm area sports a molded icebox with a drain.

Our test boat had the optional AM/FM CD stereo system, which made its presence known via remote dash controls and two exterior speakers. There were another four speakers down in the cabin.

Real-World Conditions

With 10 people on board and the Bimini top fully extended, the 3700 SY faced real-life conditions during the test. The 300 gallon fuel tank was approximately 3/8 full, adding even more weight; however, the 80 gallon water tank was empty.

Despite the burdens thrown at it, the 3700 performed excellently. The ride was smooth, and when you re sitting at the helm seat, you feel high above the water — like you re behind the wheel of a large SUV in comparison to a standard car.

The boat tracked incredibly straight. It had no desire to ease to either side.

Turns were a snap. In fact, they were downright fun. (Having all of those people on board also added to the experience.)

The 3700 reached plane at 2,500 rpm, where it settled on a cruising speed of 11 knots. The bow came down significantly when the boat went to plane — as you d expect — but we used the trim tabs to lower the bow even farther.

After a few minutes of enjoying the ride and taking a couple of easy hourglass turns, I took the boat to wide-open throttle. The twin 370 hp MerCruiser 8.1 liter inboard engines hit 4,200 rpm and the boat hit a top speed of 29.2 knots.

After taking my turn at the wheel, I turned it over to the next skipper and returned to the aft half of the cockpit. Courtesy lights are scattered throughout the space, as are cup holders (six total).

A removable pedestal table was set up at the center of the large U-shaped settee — which can convert to a sun lounge. The well-placed entertainment cabinet has a molded-in sink, a lift-out cutting board, a faucet and a stowage cabinet.

Maxum 3700 SY

The forward-swept radar arch s recessed lighting shines down over the cockpit, making it a great place to hang out after the sun goes down. The transom-mounted shower will help you wash off, and the acrylic transom gate makes it easy to board and exit the boat.

Two hatches in the sole offer engine and bilge access. A 110v outlet is conveniently (and centrally) placed — ensuring that it will get plenty of use.

Belowdecks, I was to discover another first: an L-shaped settee that converts to a berth in a very unusual way. After the pedestal table that serves the space has been removed, you simply pull the seating section forward. The entire unit is on a track, so once you ve pulled it out, all you have to do is stick filler cushions into the space that has been formed between the seating area and the back of the original settee.

The forward stateroom is impressive for several reasons, with the two biggest ones being the queen-size island berth (which prevents you from having to crawl over your sleeping partner) and the sliding pocket door that is built into the bulkhead, which offers total privacy.

A set of drawers is located under the berth, and shelves and curtains stretch across the hull sides. The stateroom has both 110v and a 12v outlets.

Overhead and reading lights offer plenty of illumination. Two hanging lockers provide more space for stowing your clothes and other necessities. A shelf for a television is standard — but the television is not.

The portside galley is at the center of the cabin. It features faux teak and holly sole, a sink with faucet, a Norcold 3.1 cubic foot refrigerator, a Ceran two-burner electric cooktop, a microwave oven, three drawers and a trash rack. A laminate with the look of cherry wood covers the galley cabinets. A 110v/60 hz 8 kw auxiliary generator is available as an option.

The separate head area is also on the port side, but farther aft. It comes with a locking door, a marine head, overhead lights, a 110v outlet, a sink, a ventilation fan, a towel bar, robe hooks and a towel ring. When I opened the mirrored vanity cabinet, I was shocked to see so much space for toiletries. It s a deep space.

The separate shower is sure to be popular with owners. Such a nice shower on a 37-footer is unexpected.

The midcabin stateroom is so spacious that even claustrophobics will have little to gripe about. I am 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and when I stretched out on the berth, only the tips of my toes went over the edge.

There s more stowage area in the midcabin stateroom, including a hanging locker and rod storage. In addition to the berth, there s a full L-shaped settee that could also serve as a refuge for tired visitors. A privacy curtain is standard.

On that day of many firsts, my first impression of the Maxum 3700 SY was that it is a definite eye-catcher with a well-designed layout that maximizes the interior space. My second thought was, Where can I get one of these?

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