Originally Posted by coralreef
I am a new member
as of about 7 minutes ago and have specifically joined to see whether anyone can point me towards some knowledge on later built Creaklock Dreadnought 32's. I have an interest in buying
a particular boat but feel I have been given some spurious info by the seller regarding the fundamentals (I am 2500kms away from the unit). Some info to go on. Sloop/cutter rig. Larger SAAB diesel
than earlier models. Foam core
fibreglass construction. Owner claims a hull
length of 35" not including rudder
. Someone who could point me in the direction of reasonably accurate plans with dimensions, maybe in publications of the era (supposedly early 80's) would be wonderful.
Hey there Coralreef and WELCOME!...I don't know that this will help much but most of these were done as sloops or cutters using the same spars as were used for the Westsails.
Haven't heard that about the SAAB engine
in later models. All I know is that they were originally built with SAABs.
32' LOD is the proper length as per plans with 38'LOA with sprit and boomkin.
Foam core is not typical generally, with a few exceptions, balsa was used either throughout the hull or above the waterline only.
Check out my profile and go to the pics folder on Dreadnoughts. There you will find, among other things, a tiny bit of info and leads to other sites including a note from someone who knew the yard well that the only thing in common about the builds was that they were mostly all a bit different to suit owners needs. There is an untended Dreadnought 32 owners site with some detail... don't have the web address in front of me but will post it when I can. Also Carls Sail Calculator has the basic numbers on the boat and you can run a comparison with the Westsail to get an vague statistical idea of her sailing characteristics as compared to that boat. You might try contacting Bud Taplin through the Westsail owners site with specific questions. He was involved breifly with Dreadnought Boatworks and may be able to provide more detail. Feel free to PM me if I can help in any way in your consideration of the purchase