"If you're in the market for an impeccably mannered lady under $100,000, check the Pacific Seacraft 31." - Rick Booth, Editor Offshore Magazine
Over the years, editor Rick Booth of Offshore Magazine has become acquainted with a good number of boats. Rick has cultivated some fairly respectable standards. But on a blustery November morning in Hingham Bay, even Rick Booth became downright ebullient over a brand new thirty-one footer from Pacific Seacraft Corporation: the Pacific Seacraft 31.
When Rick met Sam Lawson at Old Hingham Shipyard for sea trials, they watched Hingham Bay kick up her skirts. "It was gusting 35 and peaking 40," writes Rick. "Early November is a dicey time to try boats." So Rick took one quick look around, then did the sensible thing.
"I dashed through the companionway to secure my bags," he writes, "and stopped short at an interior I was wholly unprepared for. It's entirely wood, or so much so as makes no difference. I'd seen teak interiors before, but never so well done or on midsized boats." Throughout the 31's cabin, rich hand rubbed teak joinery radiates in proper counterpoint to a soft white matte finish.
"A sure sign somebody knows cruising"
The 31's interior is a product of Joseph Artese Design, and marks an entirely new and refreshing departure from earlier cruising accommodations. Artese is a specialist in innovative yacht interiors, having received much acclaim for his most recent work in the 72' ketch Victoria and the 90' sloop Whitefin . He has applied his unique experience to the Pacific Seacraft 31, developing an interior that is fresh, contemporary and versatile.
The spacious main salon is uncluttered and inviting. Two comfortable lounging settees stretch to port and starboard. Elegant lockers, bins and bookshelves keep personal gear and the ship's library stowed neatly away. A large dining table slides gracefully from below the vee-berth to comfortably seat six for sumptuous meals; when not in use, it literally disappears.
The vee berth forward is a full 6'6" long and 5'6" wide. "I fit comfortably," writes Rick, "and I'm far the biggest body yet in this editor's chair."
"And you won't starve," says Rick. "Another thing that has come a long way since I seriously shopped cruising sailboats is the marine galley, and the Pacific Seacraft 31 has an excellent one, double sink, oven, and LNG stove. The gas bottle is stowed in an ingenious cockpit compartment, out of the way on the starboard side."
"We realized it was going to be a hell of a sail"
Pacific Seacraft quality contributes a certain confidence to any voyage, whether across a wide ocean or into a blustery bay. "As we rounded the point and headed into the bay we realized it was going to be a hell of a sail." So Rick and Sam threw a reef in the main and hoisted the staysail.
"I was astonished to find how well the boat stayed on track without any prompting. Later, when I was below changing rolls of film, Sam stood helm watch and did just that. He watched. The boat sailed itself, and for a long time."
"From a proud legacy"
The Pacific Seacraft 31 continues a proud legacy from the design board of renowned naval architect W.I.B. Crealock. She was born of the same wisdom that conceived the immensely successful Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 and 34. Her hull configuration, rig and underbody echo her two forebears, yet she boasts a proportionately broader beam and longer waterline. The result is outstanding speed, comfortable motion, and superb ease of handling.
"The 31 performed pefectly"
"There wasn't much wave action on the bay that day considering the wind, but even so I wasn't all that anxious to fall off for the run home," writes Rick. "I've had my share of bobsled runs in a following sea, and what tide there was would be with us, too. So, I put a few helm spokes down and away we went.
"This is a first class boat"
There's no wonder well over a thousand Pacific Seacraft boats are plying the oceans and harbors of the world today in absolute comfort and confidence. The Pacific Seacraft 31 is built with the same exacting attention to quality and detail that is the hallmark of all Pacific Seacaft yachts, from the mighty Flicka 20 to the stunning Crealock 37.
The Pacific Seacraft 31. "This is a fiist-class boat," says Rick Booth. "An affordable cruising dream." Come, feel the assurance of Pacific Seacraft quality. Let the Pacific Seacraft 31 bring your dreams home too.
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