Roy and Gail
Welcome aboard and we may have some ideas that will help you with your questions.
First of all, you are sailing in some very beautiful country up there.
Long ago, 1964 to 1966, I was home based at Whidbey Island , Naval Air Station. We had 6 month deployments across the pond, and 6 months back at Whidbey Island.
As to the two boats that you mentioned. I am familiar with the Pacific Seacraft
vessels. Orion 27's , Crealock
34's and Crealock
37's. In fact, my lady of 35 years owned a 1982 Crealock 37 , cutter
Very high quality vessels, super well built, nice lines, sailed great, and when I first saw my first crealock, it was Erica's, and she had it on lease
back with the sailing club where I was employed for about 25 yrs. Back to my first comment upon seeing the Crealock 37, " There is a boat that will take care of you ! "
I was able to sail many, many different manufactures of sailing and motor
vessels over a couple of decades or sok. Actually we had several Crealocks, and Pacific Sea Craft was then here in Orange County and I toured the factory and new the employees.
Of course , in regard to any used vessel, it is very important that the owner of the vessel, took good care of it, and not neglect the boat. And that you do your own, several hour inspection
as well as the survey
, and on board several hour sea trial .
Upon seeing, Erica's vessel , Phalarope for the fist time, I could see the high quality of workman ship.
Also sailed our other crealock 37 and both of the crealock 34's that were yawl rigged cutters. Plus, the comfy, Orion 27's. All well found vessels.
Our boats in the sailing club, ranged from 25 , on up to 55 footers of all different types.
I was only on board an Islander one time, for drinks and sea stories on a mooring
, and I liked it from just that one few hours.
I would imagine with your vessel you stopped in Oak Harbor and Annecortes, and sailed under the Whidbey Island bridge.
My other experiences there in the PNW, along with sailing, I was also a commercial
pilot ( flight instructor, charter
pilot, and corporate pilot, and the last 17 yrs before I retired , was an instuctor pilot with Air Combat U.S.A, flying customers in 5 and 6 G dog fights. Out of Boeing Field.
Just a couple of things in common.
Welcome aboard, you will likely received many more helpful posts.
Oh, be sure and check the stowage capabilities for the Crealock 37, depending on how long of passages that you are planning.
Enjoy your sailing adventures, and live that dream.
Denny and Erica