Bluewater Sailboat – Pacific Seacraft 34

Overview

The Pacific Seacraft 34 might be thought of as the follow-up to the extremely successful Bluewater Sailboat Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. When Pacific Seacraft first bought the moulds for the Crealock 37 from Cruising Consultants and began manufacturing, the firm sought designer Bill Crealock to work on a smaller brother. This redesigned design was released in 1984 as the Pacific Seacraft 34 (“Voyagemaker”). In fact, this was the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between Pacific Seacraft and Bill Crealock.

So it’s no surprise that the boats have comparable beautiful lines and appearance. The 34, like the 37, prioritizes safety and comfort. Overall, a sturdy boat with a sea-friendly personality that is ideal for blue-water passage making for couples. 

Pacific Seacraft 34
Pacific Seacraft 34
  • LOA: 34′ 1″
  • LWL: 26′ 2″
  • Beam: 10′ 0″
  • Draft, Standard: 4′ 11″
  • Draft, Shoal: 4′ 1″
  • Displacement: 13,200 lbs.
  • Ballast: 4,800 lbs.
  • Sail Area: 534 sq.ft.
  • Bridge Clearance: 44′ 3″
  • Headroom: 6′ 4″
  • Engine: 40hp Yanmar
  • Designer: William I. B. Crealock
  • Year Introduced: 1984

Structure

The hull is made of exceptionally strong GRP, with an exterior coating of vinylester resin to prevent osmotic blistering. The deck of this Bluewater Sailboat has an end grain balsa core. The hull/deck joint is located above deck. The ballast is made of lead and is bolted on from the outside. The internal pan spans the entire length of the vessel. Overall, the craftsmanship is of very good quality.

Above Deck

The Pacific Seacraft 34 boasts a huge overhanging bow, a beautiful sheer line, and a typical canoe stern. Under the waterline is a rather long cruising fin keel with a very useful draw of 4’11 in standard trim that will get you into places that other boats won’t (a “very” shoal draught 4’1″ variant is also available). The rudder is skegged.

The rig is of cutter configuration, and all control cables are fed back into the cockpit for safety. The cockpit is small, which some would argue is a traditional blue-water design element to warn of the potential of pooping (flooding from a following sea), so don’t be shocked if it becomes uncomfortable soon as the number of passengers increases.

Below Deck

Inside, there is 6’4″ of headroom, a fairly sized galley, and a well-designed liveaboard cabin. There are berths for up to five people, two in the V, two in the saloon settees, and a single seagoing quarter berth that also serves as a nav table seat.

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Performance

Sailing performance is brisk, despite its rather heavy displacement. The boat has good upwind performance and is nicely balanced. The motion is seafriendly, as with other Pacific Seacraft boats, albeit there is some hobby-horsing to windward due to the overhangs.

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