This is one of the finest Roughwater 37's we've ever seen. Listed August 10th 2020
The commercial heritage is obvious but the Monk touch with exterior and interior styling puts emphasis on pleasure cruising.
From Sea Magazine December 1981 by John Wooldridge
In 1969 a gentleman named Hal Paris had just finished a conversation with Ed Monk, SR (naval architect) concerning his ideas for a line of boats that he wanted to build in Taiwan and sell in the United States. Monk searched in one of his plan files and produced a stock design that he said "might do well" for Paris, a "very capable rough water boat," in his estimation.
The very first Roughwater 36 was built before the year was out, an all wood hull with a wooden superstructure and the hefty, no-nonsense lines of a boat with a decided commercial heritage that would maintain its sea-keeping qualities while carrying a heavy load of passengers and equipment.
Ten years later (1979), Hal Paris commissioned Ed Monk, Jr. to redesign the 36 to take advantage of refinements below and above the waterline which were possible with modern fiberglass construction techniques. This evolutionary design process resulted in a slightly longer, beamier and roomier boat which is known as the Roughwater 37.
Ed Monk Jr.'s design continues to fulfill the objectives that Hal Paris sought when he selected the semi-displacement, semi-planing original design to offer improved performance over more traditional trawler designs and better economy than a sport cruiser. But the Roughwater 37 no longer looks like a fiberglass version of a wooden boat.
The new design comes in either sedan or flybridge versions, has a definite modern rake to the cabin and window lines, and incorporates a modestly flared bow and a substantial spray strake to keep the decks dry in a seaway. Increased dimensions overall allow better storage capabilities for equipment and supplies, as well as for improved dimensions for crew, such as 6-ft, 6-in headroom in the main cabin and 6-ft 4-in headroom in the pilothouse.
There is a very fine entry to the bow which quickly develops into lifting sections, indicating a need to concvetracte heavier stores amidships. Buttocks lines flatten rapidly abaft midships, creating a smooth, fit surface ideal for planing. The bottom is round and without chine, but there is a full length keel sweeping gradually down from the forefoot and becoming horizontal several feet before the keel cutaway for a 26" diameter bronze prop.
Ten layers of hand layup fiberglass, alternating layers of 24-oz, woven roving and mat, are used to fabricate the hull of the Roughwater 37. Transom corners, stem corners and keel areas are all doubled up for additional strength in the one-piece hull. Six longitudinal stringers, reminiscent of wood construction techniques, are then glassed in. Inboard stringers are double thickness mahogany planks forward and aft. Large oak blocks, on which the engine will rest, are attached to the double planks. Outboard stringers are half sections of fiberglass tubes, heavily glassed into place. Bulkheads of marine mahogany plywood are then bonded to the hull, and only then is the hull removed from the mold.
The superstructure, consisting of the deck, cabin top and pilothouse, is a one piece structure attached to the hull by an overlapping joint with a 3-in flange. The hull to deck joint is bedded in marine sealant, through bolted with tow stainless steel screws every 8 inches, and the outside seam is covered by substantial teak rubrail which wraps completely around the boat at the gunwhale.
Deck coring of the superstructure is a sandwich of blocks of marine mahogany plywood encased in layers of fiberglass. Seen during construction, the decks resemble a large checkerboard of 4-inch squares, which provide a very stiff, though somewhat heavy structure. The flybridge is a separate shell attached to the pilothouse roof, which is cored in the same manner as the decks.
Layout of the deck is an interesting compromise of elements which allows good living space below without sacrificing safety or functionality topsides. Side decks are wide enough to walk without stepping on your own feet; the cabin trunk is not so long as to rob you of working space for the ground tackle; the aft cockpit is spacious enough for general lounging or fishing.
There are several noteworthy cockpit features including storage boxes on both sides of the pilothouse door, one of which houses the overboard vented propane tank. A flat, diamond shaped non skid pattern covers the cockpit deck. Two large hatches open to expose abundant storage, as well as access to hydraulic steering gear, exhaust pipe and water tanks. An opening transom door allows you to step onto the teak swim platform after folding back a deck of the teak handrail. The solidly mounted handrail wraps around the cockpit completely, but also opens on both sides where guests may likely step aboard.
Side decks and forward decks have the same diamond non-skid for safety., in addition to the 24-inch high safety rails. Well placed teak handrails for secure grip and a large bow pulpit complete the safety package. The forward deck is slightly crowned for water runoff.
A comfortable two person bench seat occupies the center of the bridge deck, with room left over for folding chairs. The upper helm station mirrors the lower station in instrumentation and function. A stainless steel grab rail encloses the bridge deck, the forward section of which is thoughtfully mounted above the venturi.
The interior layout of the Roughwater 37 is fairly conventional, with the pilothouse on the same level as the aft deck. The mark of any true pilothouse, vision is virtually unobstructed through safety glass windows, clear forward and tinted elsewhere. An important feature worth mentioning is the tow part hatch which seals off the pilothouse from the main cabin, keeping the helm dark for nighttime navigation. A large chart and instrument area dominates the forward portion of the pilothouse, with the helm, instrument panel and pilot seat to starboard. Along the port side of the cabin, a 6-ft, 10-inch convertible couch occupies the lions share of space, while a built in locker forward provides a base for a removable navigators chair.
Lift one or both of the hinged sole panels to expose the spacious engine room with the single Perkins turbocharged diesel. There is ample room to work on all sides of the engine; wiring harnesses and systems lines are cleanly led and easily recognizable, and all equipment is all anchored in case of heavy weather. Although it seems a bit archaic, you must dipstick the two 115 gal tanks to determine the fuel levels- bear in mind that this practice is rampant among yachtsmen who do not trust their fuel gauges. Engine room insulation is 1/2 inch styrofoam sandwiched between the sole and acoustic tiles. The stuffing box and the shaft coupling are very accessible, and there is sufficient room for a generator or additional batteries. Every hull fitting has a seacock with a backing block and all hull fittings are bonded for the elimination of stray electrical currents.
Two steps down from the pilothouse is the main salon containing a large U-shaped convertible dinette to port that sits on a raised deck to allow diners a clear view through the large sliding windows on both sides of the cabin. To starboard, a well planned galley with all the necessary appliances is flanked by tow hanging lockers, just part of the enormous amount of storage space available in the main salon. Joinerwork of the sliding doors, the dovetailed mahogany and the teak drawers, and the built-in furniture is precise.
Overhead Formica panels running athwartship create a dead air space for insulation and for wiring, areas easily reached by removing the teak cove strips. There seems to be a well balanced use of oiled teak and white Formica throughout the interior. An enclosed head is located on port side just aft of the forward cabin, housing a handheld shower with teak grating, electric head and a stainless steel sink with pressure water fixtures.
A louvered teak door closes off the forward cabin for privacy. Ventilation and lighting are provided by an over head hatch and two opening ports, as well as by three 12 volt fixtures. Storage under the bunks is sufficient remembering that lighter and bulkier items should be stored forward, and there are also bookshelves and a hanging locker for additional items.