We cruised our 37 for almost 10 years, in the Caribbean
. Very well built boat, very well designed boat. Mr Crealock designed what he thought was the ideal cruising boat, back when people sailed very seaworthy
boats, that design wise were meant for long safe passages,compared today where Boat Of the Year is a boat that has the deck
attached to the hull with adhesive
and self tapping screws, but sails
well in light air, and rivals a Florida
condo. They are narrow boats, but that reduces the wetted surface, and helps to make for a very comfortable, seaworthy boat, that truly will go anywhere. After 10 years, when we returned, we emptied 1 and 1/2 mini vans of stuff off the boat. There are enough storage spots that you can provision for a passage
, or load up at Costco in Florida
and spend the winter in the Bahamas
wonderfully. It reminds me of Marblehead Pond sailing model. When we put the Monitor
on, it took just a bit of time to get used to the Monitor
, not struggling with balancing the sails, and it just sailed. They do go to windward.
Construction wise, I wouldn't say a "tank", that reminds me of a Morgan Out Island
41. I think substantial is appropriate. Bolted deck to hull, solid core
, and substantial glass. Our dodger
fittings where drilled and tapped into the coach roof.
They are also Walter Mitty boats. Many were purchased with the thought that maybe, someday, we might... When looking, you will find well traveled boats, and also limited use boats, and they are usually priced accordingly. About the only real issue is the fuel tank
in the bilge
. We had ours repaired twice. What some do is coat the tanks with undercoating, or the material used on the bed
of pickup trucks. That being said, after the fuel
is out of the tank, it takes about 10 minutes to get the tank out and into the cockpit
access is tight.
We sold our 37 and went to the Bristol 41.1 because we thought that we would continue on, and possibly have grand kids
visiting, and could use more space. As things turned out, I might just go back to another 37, because we liked it so much. The 34 is very similiar, but the companion way ladder is a bit steep, and the space below is just that much less. The Crealock 37 is truly a proper yacht. Steve Brodie, in NC, would love to build a new one, and he is dedicated to the legacy and reputation that Pacific Seacraft deserves. H also is doing refits, with much of the staff that probably build the boat originally.