Like her sister the N37, the Mirage Great Harbour 37 is distinguished from its competitors by the same combination of stable hull form, positive buoyancy, shallow draft, twin screws, tough construction, household appliances and aggressive pricing. This boat, however, also features a raised pilothouse, which maximizes interior volume for liveaboard comfort.
Let’s take examine the GH37’s features one at a time:
Hull-The Great Harbour 37 does not have a sailboat hull. Designed by by Mirage President Ken Fickett and naval architect Lou Codega, she is based on offshore tugs, inherently stable boats, and thus does not require expensive stabilizer systems, which will eventually fail.
Buoyancy-Deck and house are cored with buoyant and sound-deadening Nidacore. Because the boat is not a sailboat hull and therefore not ballasted, the Nidacore overcomes the weight of the ship’s hull and machinery. The GH37 will not sink even when filled to the gunwales with water.
Shallow draft-The GH37 is a true gunkholer, and as such, can find safety from storms in places deep trawlers can’t penetrate. The vast majority of trawler owners would prefer to find safe harbor rather than have to run offshore for “sea room.”
Twin screws-Twin 4-cylinder Yanmar diesels ensure true get-home ability in the case of a failure in one. In fact, the GH37 runs nearly as fast on a single-screw as it does on two. The fact that the engines are set wide in the hull makes for superb maneuverability, even in wind and current.
Tough construction-One-inch-thick, solid fiberglass hull, 1 3/8-inch aluminum handrails and a “tactical” hard rubber rubrail at the widest (and strongest) part of the boat.
Household appliances-The boat’s electrical system is designed for standard 22 cubic foot refrigerator (14.4 cu.ft. on version A), radiant glasstop stove and convection/microwave oven - items that would be standard on vessels of 50 feet or bigger.
Raised Pilothouse-Behind the GH37 helm is a raised settee that converts to berth. On each side are chart flats, with storage beneath the berth and console.
Price-At $479,000, the GH37 meets or beats the price of comparable trawlers built in the Far East or anywhere else.