When entering the salon aboard Luhrs 37 Canyon IPS, I was taken aback. This fish boat was bred for the treacherous Jersey inlets and long runs to the canyons. But before me was a two-stateroom, two-head cabin so thoroughly accommodating that, had it been magically dropped into a luxury cruiser, I’d not have blinked an eye. The 37 Canyon IPS balances the needs of angler and cruiser in an express format less than 40 feet long overall.
With a boat lacking sheer size, or the volume of a convertible, Luhrs accomplished express magic in several ways, including incorporating the principle of using the same space for two purposes. A great example of this is at the hinged foot of the forward berth. I flipped it open and revealed an aft-facing love seat. Combined with the corner chairs tucked between this seat and both the galley and salon settee, a crew of eight can sit and socialize with enough cabin sole remaining for the movable solid-plank table and some walking-around room.
Another example can be found in the salon head, where the shower is separate but privatized by a curtain instead of a stall. The arrangement is such that, whether I sat on the throne or stood at the vanity, there was plenty of elbowroom since neither abuts a rigid enclosure. The deep pan and a snap-secured curtain alleviate the worry about shower splash.
Another reason Luhrs was able to get so much livability out of such an ostensibly small envelope is the utilization of a very aggressive — some might say exaggerated — sheer line, and the increased freeboard that goes with it. That extra height provides headroom for the tackle and dive-tank room accessed through the companion bench on the helm deck (this space stows a tackle shop full of rods, spares and equipment, and there’s even a workbench) as well as stand-up access to the aft stateroom and the optional second head ($4,670) located there. Belay the order for the second head and you get another equipment room standard.