The Jeanneau Velasco 43F made its debut at Cannes Boat Show last year and met with some criticism for not making more of its pod drive engines, which, in theory, should have provided extra area down below for accommodation. However, all is forgiven with the new baby in the family: the Jeanneau Velasco 37F returns to using shaft drives but the living areas are still generous despite the extra space these engines require, as Alex Smith explains.



The 'F' models in the Velasco range feature raked screens and sportier looks when compared to the upright trawler styling of the original Velasco 43. The 37F is designed around the need for a bright main saloon area that provides all-around visibility, and like the 43F before it, this ambition is realised.

Inside the main-deck cabin area the galley has been shifted to port and aft on the smaller boat, making room for an extra seat alongside the helmsman.  Also, the U-shaped seating area surrounding the table converts into a third double berth with a curtain for privacy.

Down below, there is only a single heads compartment compared to the two built into the 43F but there is plenty of storage in the main cabin in the bow and the twin-berth guest cabin has plenty of headroom and converts into a double berth when required.

For further comparison boats, see our preview of the Monte Carlo MC6 launched at Dusseldorf Boat Show or the Galeon 300 Fly: first look video.