Beauty and Reliability: the Classic Duffy 37

The Duffy 37 is a beautiful cruising boat that provides infinite possibilities for exploring the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.

Richard Duffy, founder of Atlantic Boat Company in Brooklin, Maine, has been building beautiful semi-custom yachts and workboats since 1982. He builds vessels with hulls designed by renowned designer Spencer Lincoln, whose unique “Downeast”-style hulls are known for their superior stability and seaworthiness.

Our Boat of the Week is a prime example, waiting to be tried out by a new owner this season on the Bay.

With its moderate vee shape and relatively flat bottom, the Downeast hull is perfect for navigating rough seas. Its sharp bow allows for more efficient entry into choppy waters and maintains a good comfort level throughout a wide range of speed. These qualities make such boats ideal for commercial lobstermen working the waters offshore in New England, but with a little yachtification, also make them perfect for cruising calmer climes like the Chesapeake Bay.

Duffy built the first 37-foot model in 1999. The 37 is a slightly larger version of the popular Duffy 35 with some changes to the hull to increase its speed and fuel efficiency. This week’s brokerage boat of the week, Infinity and Beyond, was launched in 2004. This timeless Duffy 37 has been highly customized by the builder and her experienced owners.

Altantic worked closely with Infinity and Beyond’s owners to create the perfect couple’s cruising boat. The hull features a full keel with protected prop and rudder for a comfortable ride in challenging sea conditions. With the powerful 480hp Volvo diesel, you can cruise at 15 knots, go wide open at 20 knots, or throttle down to trawler speed for maximum fuel efficiency.

The boat’s most prominent custom feature is the flybridge protected by a Bimini top. Both the upper and lower helm stations are equipped with Garmin electronics and Raymarine autopilot. There’s a bow thruster for ease of docking and maneuvering in tight spaces.

Accommodations include a private owners’ cabin in the bow with a V-berth and plenty of storage space, along with an enclosed head and shower. Reverse-cycle air and heat provide a comfortable atmosphere year-round. The classic yachty interior finish includes teak-and-holly soles throughout.

The saloon has a dinette on one side and a galley on the other that features an oven, cooktop, microwave, refrigerator and freezer. Large windows on all sides, including the three-paned windshield, provide plenty of light and air. Sliding doors to port and starboard of the helm station open onto wide side decks that lead up to the high bluff bow, which is protected by a sturdy rail.

The aft deck offers plenty of room for fishing or lounging. A hatch in the transom provides access to the broad swim platform. A ladder leads up to the flybridge, where the helm and companion seat provide 360-degree visibility.

Overall, Infinity and Beyond provides the cruising couple with infinite possibilities for exploring the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. She’s relatively fast, easy to maneuver, stable and responsive, with no compromise on luxurious accommodations. The boat is available for boarding and inspection at Campbell’s Boatyard in Oxford, Maryland.

Year:      2004
LOA:       36’ 10.5″
Draft:     4’ 01”
Beam: 13’2″
Fuel Capacity: 250 gal
Displacement: 17,000-20,000 lbs
Price: $324,000