Selection 37

Selection 37 was specifically designed for the requirements of the “Tour de France à la Voile” (sailing competition), thus making her the successor of the Jeanneau Rush, that had been the boat chosen for this race during the two previous years. Jeanneau gave the design task to Michel Joubert and Bernard Nivelt, two naval architects who had already proven their skills with the Half Tonners. They came out with a beautiful piece of work: Selection 37 is lighter than its predecessor and tends to plane more easily. She is directly inspired by “Diva”, the Admiral's Cup winner of 1984.

The accommodation of the Selection 37, with her two separate companion ways, adapts fine to life at sea. There are two versions: “Tour de France à la Voile” (TFV) and “Owner”. The latter has two bunks and a double bed instead of the four bunks of “Tour de France à la Voile” version. “Owner” profits also from a big navigation table, thanks to the cooler that's been pushed at the kitchen's side of the boat.

Selection 37 remained as the official “Tour de France à la Voile” sailboat until 1991, after which she was replaced by the JOD 35 (Jeanneau One Design).

See the Selection 37's specifications on

Main Features

ModelSelection 37
Sailboat typeOne-design
Cruising-racing monohull
ClassTour de France à la Voile
DesignerMichel Joubert
Bernard Nivelt
Building years (first/last)1984 / 1991
Number built251
PredecessorJeanneau Rush
SuccessorJOD 35 (Jeanneau One Design)
Regulation1ere 7/8/10 pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester (Kevlar optionnal)
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all37.2 ft
Hull length35.7 ft
Waterline length29.4 ft
Beam over all10.7 ft
Draft6.2 ft
Mast length53.5 ft
Light displacement9039 lbs
Ballast2425 lbs
French customs tonnage9.93 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
MastKeel stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea756 ft²
Downwind sailarea1170 ft²
Mainsail area395 ft²
Genoa area361 ft²
Working jib area296 ft²
Jib area143 ft²
Stormsail area60 ft²
Spinnaker area775 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

43.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

16.4 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

38.9 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

12.1 ft

SPLSpinnaker pole lenght

13.0 ft


Ballast ratio26.8 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement184.4 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement285.4 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)26.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x '2,60H
Engine power1 x 15 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 18 hp
Fuel capacity9.8 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade folding propeller


Fresh water capacity15.6 gal
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room6.1 ft
Headroom5.9 ft
Length of berth6.2 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom4.9 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom6.1 ft

Based on specification1990

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