Len Olin's choice of a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 is based on some notable experience. It's the second Pacific Seacraft he's owned.
One tough boat"
In 1985 hurricane Gloria ripped through Marion Harbor and grabbed everything within reach-including Len's beloved Pacific Seacraft Orion 27. "The boat ended up aground, a quarter-mile inland. She had some bent stanchions and a few gelcoat scratches--and that was all." Glen shakes his head. "We used a helicopter to return her to her mooring. One tough boat."
And a hard act to follow. So when Len and his wife Nancy eventually decided the time was right for a bigger boat, it's no wonder they chose the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34.
"Quality designed, engineered and built-that's the difference"
"You know," says Len, "a lot of people talk about quality-I hear it all the time in my work as a management consultant. And what I find is that most companies simply inspect for quality-that's easy, anyone can do that. But Pacific Seacraft quality is designed, engineered, and built into their product. That's the difference."
Indeed, the construction details of every Pacific Seacraft boat are unsurpassed: 100% hand-laid and squeegeed hulls and decks; double flanged, thru-bolted hull-to-deck joints; solid bronze deck hardware, thru bolted and backplated; solid bronze seacocks and portholes; massive anchoring systems: fully protective propeller apertures; heavy bronze gudgeon supports; one-piece solid lead ballasts; impeccable joiner work; superb engine access through cabin and cockpit-sole hatches; and, American production, ensuring immediate service for any reason.
"Pacific Seacraft is so responsive," says Len. "Even to the smallest details. When I called Henry at the factory a couple of weeks after we'd taken delivery of our Orion, I mentioned that Nancy couldn't comfortably adjust the mainsheet-she couldn't get the right angle to cleat it off. Two days later I received hardware to reroute the mainsheet, and a new winch to mount on the deck- it completely solved the problem, and Nancy could handle the mainsheet with ease. That's standing behind the product. It's just another thing I appreciate about Pacific Seacraft."
The most important praise of all
Pacific Seacraft quality has inspired enthusiastic praise from an impressive variety of sources. Earlier this year FORTUNE magazine included Pacific Seacraft in its issue honoring the 100 American products recognized to be the finest of their kind in the world-the only sailboat manufacturer represented. Famed sailing author Ferenc Mate' (The Finely Fitted Yacht, From Bare Hull) writes in his newest book, The World's Best Sailboats, that "without a doubt the most outstanding cross section of cruising boats in this book is built by Pacific Seacraft Corporation. From the 20 foot Flicka to the Crealock 37, they are boats of great character, practicality and integrity." Yachting's Charles Barthold features the Crealock 34 in the magazine's August issue reviewing "modern day classics": a classic, writes Barthold, is that special sailboat with "the perfect lines, the perfect shape and was everything we ever dreamed of in a sailing yacht."
Len Olin echoes Barthold's sentiments: "My Crealock 34 is the most perfect thing I've ever owned. That's a nice feeling." And that's the most important praise of all.
"So much attention to the details"
"The Crealock 34 gives us such a wonderful escape from the pressures of the office," says Nancy, a clinical psychologist. "And when we spend the weekend aboard, it's no tuna sandwiches and hamburgers on the grill- I mean, we cook! We dine! Fresh baked biscuits in the morning and homemade croissants for dinner. The Crealock 34's galley provides ample space for preparing the most elegant meals. It's important that Pacific Seacraft has paid so much attention to the details."
Len and Nancy Olin are enjoying the confidence of Pacific Seacraft quality.
Nancy smiles, "She's the prettiest boat we've ever seen anywhere near her size. And she's sure strong." Len feels the Crealock 34 has no peers. "Everywhere we go, people admire the boat. I couldn't be more proud."
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