Nelson Baker spent a full year carefully inspecting nearly 50 different sailboats before investing in a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. It was a significant decision-- after all, Nelson Baker intended to do some serious cruising. So how does he feel about his choice now, after two trans-Atlantic passages, a cruise through the canals of France, a voyage around the Mediterranean and five roundtrip passages to the Caribbean (several single-handed)--all in his Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37?
"I just can't say enough about this boat," smiles Nelson. "Absolutely outstanding. She's one great boat."
The Crealock 37 is a true performance cruiser. Her speed is legendary and her balance is so positive that she is readily single-handed.
Pacific Seacraft's boats have long been the focus of sincere and heartfelt praise. Author Ferenc Mate', whose books include: From a Bare Hull, The Finely Fitted Yacht and Best Boats, 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 are built by Pacific Seacraft
From the mighty Flicka 20 to the stunning Crealock 37, Pacific Seacraft 's boats have been sailed with confidence and comfort to the far comers of the world. And with good reason.
"We were never concerned about our safety; this boat is extremely strong."
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, thrubolted and backplated; solid bronze seacocks and portholes, massive anchoring systems; fully protective propeller apertures; heavy bronze gudgeon supports, solid one-piece lead ballasts; impeccable joiner work; superb engine access through both cabin and waterproof cockpit hatches; and American production, ensuring immediate service for any reason.
Confidence in his yacht
Pacific Seacraft quality contributes a certain confidence to any voyage. Nelson Baker recalls a particularly violent storm during the Atlantic crossing with his son Michael: "Some good sized waves were smashing against the port side of the boat. The windvane was steering and we were down below eating some soup between lookouts, trying to pretend nothing was happening. Then every once in a while a wave would slam against the boat, and it was like someone was hitting us with a sledgehammer. But we were never concerned about our safety; this boat is extremely strong"
The Crealock 37 is a true performance cruiser. Her speed is legendary; her accommodations are splendidly luxurious; and her balance is so positive that she is readily singlehanded--even in adverse conditions.
W.I.B. Crealock designed her to his own ideals without obligation to builder or dealer. The result is a fast, lovely and honest yacht. "I did not have to pay homage to interiors festooned with bunks, or revered classic features, or long waterlines or short, or distorteded ends," says Mr. Crealock. "The 37 is an attempt to provide the weekender and the cruising man with a boat which will travel fast between ports under complete control and which will yet remind him that the passage itself should be one of the pleasures of the cruise."
Rock steady performance Nelson Baker fully appreciates the 37's balanced design. "We had some pretty wild conditions across the North Atlantic to Falmouth " he explains. "The quartering seas were heavy, the kind that usually shove a sailboat around pretty good--but we took them like we were on a railroad track. Hurri-Kayne hung in there real well. Of course the hull design played a very important part. The boat was just rock steady."
Nelson Baker has had ample opportunity to enjoy the assurance of Pacific Seacraft guality. After putting so many miles in his wake, is he still content? We just received a tape from Nelson, recorded aboard Hurri-Kayne half-way through a 1400 nautical mile single-handed passage from St. Maarten in the Caribbean to Ocean City, New Jersey. "The day is beautiful, and we're cruising at 6 knots under the genoa and staysail in a 10 knot breeze. It's just a beautiful day. This is the best trip I've ever had."
Isn't it time you let Pacific Seacraft bring your dreams home too?
Specifications and further facts:
LOA 36' 11 "
Draft: standard 5'6" shoal 4'5"
Lead ballast 6,200#·
Sail Area, sloop 573 sq. ft., cutter 708 sq. ft., yawl 619 sq. ft.;
W.l.B. Crealock designed her to his own ideals without obligation to builder or dealer. The result is a fast, lovely and honest yacht.
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