Originally Posted by coyotewrw
Been reading up on the Pacific Seacraft 37. Looks like a helluva boat. Any opinions?
When I was searching for my current
boat I had settled into the 37-38 ft range. I had developed a "wish list" that included several models. Although it was outside of my budget
, I included the Crealock
37 (Pacific Seacraft). Occasionally, I'd look at the listings and think, "If I could have the one I wanted, that would be it."
Once I narrowed my search down to a handful of boats, I hit the road, traveling up and down the east coast
(U.S.) to take a look. While I was on the circuit, I thought, "Why not take a look at a couple of the Crealocks?"
The problem was, once I'd taken a close look at the Pacific Seacraft boats, none of the others I'd been looking at came close by comparison. Big mistake, right? It's out of the budget
, so why did you do that?
I hadn't even considered the 34 at that point, but then after a broker showed me a 37 in Connecticut, he casually mentioned a 34 that he had listed. I went aboard and discovered that it is virtually identical to the 37 - just a bit smaller. I had one of those gut feelings from the moment I climbed aboard. That would be the boat.
So, to answer your question, I don't have experience with the Crealock
37 any more than a couple of sea trials, but I've owned Raven, my Crealock 34, for two years. In that time, I can honestly say that I have found virtually nothing to fault with the boat. She is in the medium displacement
range and has all the right numbers for a blue water
cruiser. She sails
extremely well and is easily handled singlehanded. Those who prefer the dockside party boats might not look at her the same as I do, though. Her canoe stern does not allow an aft cabin
and it limits the size of the cockpit
. (When scaling down from the 37 to the 34, the length of the cabin
was not sacrificed much at all, as a good bit of the length came out of the cockpit
.) Personally, I prefer a smaller volume cockpit at sea, though.
Everything about the boat is bombproof with top notch construction practices throughout. Mine was built as a sloop
rig, but most of the 34's and 37's are set up as cutters. I like the sloop
for shorthanded sailing, but will consider adding another stay if I decide to cross an ocean with her. I have a scheel keel
and draw 4' 1". I may lose a few seconds per mile to windward, but the advantages of the reduced draft
far outweigh that penalty. The rudder
is skeg-hung with the prop protected in an enclosure. The rudder assembly is as solid as I've ever seen. I have a Yanmar
3HM35F auxillary that has been trouble free.
layout is traditional with galley
to port, quarterberth and nav station to starboard, settees that also make good sea berths, plus a v-berth. My cabin is entirely teak
with heavy cast bronze portlights
hatches. The cabinetry is top notch and there are many little extra "touches" that clearly show that the design has been very thoroughly thought out.
Again, it's a very traditional design and mine is pretty low tech compared with many of the boats on the market. For electronics
, I run a VHF
at the nav station with a remote
mic at the helm
, a radar
, depth/speed/temp/wind, an ST6000+ autohelm
, and a stereo. The hull
has a copper ground for SSB
moulded in. Ice for cooling
the fridge. Sweat for cranking the windlass
and the winches.
Solid, well designed, impeccably crafted, and great fun to sail. Not a race
boat. Not a dockside party boat. A terrific, safe home for me, though.