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Brief Summary

It is not often that a new design concept comes out in boating, and when one does, we often find that it is a throwback to something done years ago that got lost in the stampede to bigger, faster, fancier, niftier whatever that has gripped boating for the last 30 years or so.

Such an example is the Ocean Yachts 37 Billfish launched almost exactly a year ago. At first, to some, she looked odd and out of place with the beefy battlewagons lined up along sportfisherman’s row at the fall and winter boat shows. But then, when hardcore fishermen starting spending some time on the boat, light bulbs began blinking on. The 37 Billfish is a fresh, new 21st century take on an old concept that took good care of our fathers and grandfathers.

Key Features

  • Molded fiberglass, self bailing cockpit
  • Seawater and freshwater washdowns
  • Insulated fishboxes with pumpout (2)
  • Bait prep center with tackle drawers, cutting board, sink, and freshwater spigot
  • Freezer
  • Large convertible dinette
  • fiberglass open flying bridge Hardtop with molded-in spreader lights and 3-sided enclosure
  • Lounge seating with bolstered cushions and storage
  • Satin finished cherry cabinetry with hi-gloss beige
  • Private shower with overhead lighting
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 37' 8''
    11.48 m
    Beam 13' 10''
    4.22 m
    Dry Weight 23,500 lbs.
    10,659 kg.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2' 6''
    0.76 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 32.5 deg.
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    1.96 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 400 gal.
    1,514 L
    Water Capacity 75 gal.
    283.9 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Twin Yanmar 6LY3-ETP 480 MHP Diesels
    Tested Power This model has not been tested
    Opt. Power Twin Cat C9A 510 MHP Diesels
    Twin Cummins QSB 5.9 480 HP Diesels
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    Ocean Yachts 37 Billfish (2009-) Line Drawing

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    Captain's Report

    Ocean Yachts’ 37 Billfish a “New” Direction Offshore

    By Jeff Hammond

    It is not often that a new design concept comes out in boating, and when one does, we often find that it is a throwback to something done years ago that got lost in the stampede to bigger, faster, fancier, niftier whatever that has gripped boating for the last 30 years or so. Such an example is the Ocean Yachts 37 Billfish launched almost exactly a year ago. At first, to some, she looked odd and out of place with the beefy battlewagons lined up along sportfisherman’s row at the fall and winter boat shows. But then, when hardcore fishermen starting spending some time on the boat, light bulbs began blinking on. The 37 Billfish is a fresh, new 21st century take on an old concept that took good care of our fathers and grandfathers.

    Ocean Yachts was started in 1977 and during the last 31 years it has built thousands of boats of all sizes. The company revolutionized convertible and sportfishing boats in the 1980s building the most beautiful interiors ever to grace a fishing boat up to that time. The Leek family, which founded and owns Ocean Yachts, may not have been the first to figure out that women were the crucial decision makers when it came to which boat was purchased, but it was the first convertible builder to act on it. The lavish interiors you find on most convertibles today were started by Ocean Yachts.

    Ocean Yachts puts its 37 Billfish model in context on its website when it says that many fishermen may “…look back to the 1960s as their sport’s Golden Age, when high-utility day-fishermen worked the canyons for marlin and tuna, or even the bays for stripers and blues. For all who dream of owning one of those vintage boats, we dedicate the 37 Billfish – the premiere model in an entirely new class of Ocean sportfishermen.”

    Ocean Yachts knew that serious offshore fishermen who didn’t also own their own Fortune 500 company were faced with some unattractive options when contemplating a fishing boat with which to work the New York and New Jersey canyons which are 150 miles offshore. Namely, buy a 20-year-old battlewagon with 2-stroke diesel engines cobbled together by Rube Goldberg or buy a new express fishboat which was uncomfortable driving 150 miles into the Atlantic from a perch in the tower or from below with limited visibility. And for the occasional overnight spent offshore the express could be a bit Spartan. Something Old and Something New…

    Ocean Yachts’ solution to this dilemma was to leaf through the family’s album of yesteryear for inspiration, then take the best from several types of modern boats and create a whole new creature – the 37 Billfish. By eliminating the cabin’s aft bulkhead – the way boats of this size used to be built – the skipper has good visibility from the helm and can dash to a rod, gaff or net in a couple of seconds, making buddy fishing easy and practical.

    By making the 37 a flybridge boat, the crew can comfortably steer the boat out to the canyons and have the same height off the water as a half tower on an express. Finally, by fitting out the accommodations with an over and under bunk arrangement two fishermen can catch some rest comfortably. One can go for the more “conventional” pedestal berth which virtually every boat built these days has (and which has never made much sense to us, particularly in a fishing boat.) Lightweight Power

    Standard power is the Yanmar 6LY3-ETP 480-hp engine (2x) which has a high horsepower per pound of engine weight ratio. The builder also makes Cummins and Cat diesels available if you want them. But the boat with the Yanmars is light, and that along with its 12.8-degrees deadrise at the transom , 13’10” beam, and 23,000-lb. displacement makes the boat fast and nimble. How fast we really don’t know, but we plan on testing the 37 soon to find out.

    We asked John Leek if buyers were converging on the boat from both center console folks moving up and large convertible owners moving down, and the answer was yes. But, he hastened to add, the largest migration of all has come from express owners who want more boat, and more comfort both riding far offshore and also in nasty weather.

    Ocean Yacht dealers make no secret of the fact they are targeting potential Cabo 36 and 38 Express customers. With an MSRP of $472k, the 37 is about the same price at the Cabo 36, but over $100k less than the Cabo 38 Express, which has larger diesel engines, an extra foot of beam and 2,000 pounds more weight.

    The 37 Billfish will be making the boat show rounds this fall, starting Sept. 18 through 21 at the Norwalk Boat Show in Connecticut, then making its way down the coast to Annapolis and Ft. Lauderdale. Over the last year the company has made a few refinements, so if you saw her last year, be sure to note the changes.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Optional
    Swim Platform Optional
    Transom Door Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Engine Synchronizer Standard
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Standard

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    5-year
    Yes

    Engine Warranty
    5-year
    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Yes

    Price

    Pricing Range: $472,000.00

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.