The Pacific Seacraft Corporation has forged for itself a unique niche in the fabric of US Boat builders. Allied with a legendary designer of seagoing cruising boats, W.I.B. Crealock, and truly dedicated to manufacturing the sturdiest, most unbreakable craft on the market today, the company has earned respect in marine and non-marine circles alike for its fundamental, vital approach to quality production. For cruising sailors who know these boats Pacific Seacraft conjures images of blue water, long passages and faraway places.
The Crealock 44 represents the logical evolution of the Pacific Seacraft troupe, preceded as, it is by two other very successful Crealock designs, the 34 and 37. All three are, marked by characteristic canoe sterns and all three stand out in a crowd. Traditional in concept, they subscribe to the timeless notion that a good cruising boat must have an unqualified affinity for heavy weather and a meticulous approach to comfort and accommodations.
The 44 is built of fiberglass and balsa core to rigid American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards. The decks are firm underfoot and the boat as a whole gives the impression of rocklike solidity, a product of well backed fittings and heavily spec'ed materials and structural components. A high-aspect, two-spreader cutter rig is supported by typically beefy wire shrouds anchored out-board to stainless steel chain plates that are thru-bolted to the hull, creating as wide a staying, base as possible and eliminating potentially leaky thru-deck elements.
The underbody is optimized for balance and stability offshore. Reserve buoyancy in the stern staves off the unlikelihood of pooping while the double-ended configuration presents a safer shape to following seas. A deep, full forefoot promotes tracking and a hefty skeg supports the rudder and protects the prop. Keel options include a standard 6'3'" flat keel and a hydrodynamically engineered 5'3" Scheel.
Below, hand-rubbed Burmese teak and custom bronze hardware abound in a three cabin scheme that includes double staterooms forward and aft, two heads, a large J-shaped galley, a roomy navigation area and a comfortable main saloon complete with a pilot berth behind the settee to port. The work is first class, tightly fitted and well finished.
Pacific Seacraft has saturated this boat with nothing less than a lot of quality and strength, in keeping with the high standards of boat production they've come to symbolize. There is satisfying attention paid to everything from the ergonomics of working the deck to the soundness of hoses and sea cocks. As a coastal cruiser, the 44 is comfortable and manageable; as a serious passage maker, it is capable and safe. Anyone considering a solid 44 footer for the long haul would do well to give this one a look.
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