The Carver C37 Coupe stands out as unique in the realm of coupe cruisers for two reasons. First, whereas most coupes in this range have some version of a vented hardtop or a covered bridge deck that’s fully open aft, the C37 Coupe offers a fully enclosed cabin, complete with glass doors between the salon and cockpit. Second, in contrast with most of the boats in this class with slim V-hulls that taper to a point toward the stem, the C37 opts for a plumb bow design that carries the beam farther forward in a more rounded fashion. The result is a wider foredeck and more living space in the forward cabin below.
The plumb bow design allows Carver to design the C37 with a large master stateroom with 6 feet 5 inches of headroom and a queen bed set lower down into the bow so that it’s easier to get in and out of, compared to boats with more tapered bows. To port there’s a full head with a separate shower stall and a bench seat, which is a fantastic use of space on a 37-foot boat. A midship stateroom to starboard can be outfitted with twins or a queen. The salon upstairs can convert to beds, providing sleeping space for six on board.
All of these amenities help the C37 meet and exceed its mission statement: to provide day-boaters who prefer gasoline sterndrives an upgrade to a weekender-style boat that offers a little more than the typical express cruiser. As competitors in this category offer pod-drive propulsion with joystick controls, Carver offers the option for the Axius sterndrive joystick system. Our test boat had it, which made inching in and out of our extremely tight slip at the marina a stress-free affair.
Once underway, the C37 Coupe touched speeds just under 40 mph while showing the agile handling afforded by the twin counter-rotating dual propsets. While some may view the wide beam as a performance detriment, the plumb bow puts more of the hull in contact with the water, and it held its own in manufactured head and quartering seas. Plus, with the raked windshield, broken sheer line, extended hardtop and stylish windows, it looks pretty up on plane — and with a look all its own.
Comparable model: Pursuit SC 365