Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Out of academic interest I’ve been trying to research the Fisher 37 Pilot House Motor Sailer. This follows two previous articles featuring yachts suitable for living aboard. I looked at a Botter* and a Hartley Fijian 43 Mk 1.**
The Fisher range of yachts were first manufactured in the early 1970s by Fairways Marine, and three of the more popular models can still be built today by Northshore Yachts, namely the Fisher 25, 34 and 37.
Altogether at least 140 Fisher 37 ketches came off the moulds, which is a measure of their popularity. They are extremely robust, able cruising yachts that have been thoroughly tested through extensive cruising; hence they can be found in many parts of the world. Over the years they have been developed and improved since the first one was launched in 1973. Very early models did not have an extended bow platform for mounting a very large furling jib forward of the staysail, in the style of a cutter.
It is most unlikely that I shall ever abandon my land-based lifestyle in exchange for that of a liveaboard, but if I did, I might well choose a Fisher 37 as my new abode, assuming I could find the dosh!
Length Overall 11.33 m (37'2")
Length Waterline 9.91 m (32'6")
Beam 3.66 m (12'0")
Draught 1.60 m (5'3")
Text for the Day
Philippians 4:5 ‘Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.’
**Hartley Fijian 43 Mk 1
The Fisher Owners’ Association
Southerly Fisher Range of Yachts
Fisher 37 Mk 111 for Sale - £84,950
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Fairways Marine Fisher 37 for Sale - £84,995
1974 Fisher 37 Pilot House Ketch for Sale - £66,990