John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Judge 37 Oxford
FEBRUARY 2010
 
   
LOA  37'
LWL  31' 2"
Beam12'
Draft  2' 5"
Displ.12,500 lb
Fuel 158 gals/ Water30 gal
Waster  25 gal
Base Price  $495,000

It's one thing for a boatbuilder to produce a seaworthy, efficient, attractive hull, but another to create several different cabin/cockpit configurations on it without wrecking its balance. Judge Yachts has now met that challenge with its 37 Oxford, sister ship to the already-classic 36 Chesapeake. While the Chesapeake is geared to fishing trips and weekends, the Oxford is a full-on cruising boat for a couple, with a queen berth forward, separate head and shower, galley-up to starboard in the saloon, comfortable U-shaped dinette to port, and helm/companion chairs to keep skipper and mate comfortable during long passages. The single 480-hp Cummins electronic diesel offers quiet, efficient power at both trawler (8.4 mph at 2.2 gallons per hour) and cruising speeds (18.7 mph at 8.7 gallons per hour). Bow and stern thrusters make maneuvering easy in tight spaces. Judge Yachts, Denton, Md., 410-479-9770; www.judgeyachts.com