The Bluewater Sailboat Pacific Seacraft 40, the modernized and larger sister of the famed Crealock 37, adopts the same design ideas that made the 37 such a classic bluewater cruiser – seaworthiness, sea-comfort, and real-world performance. Many will recall designer “Gentleman” Bill Crealock’s observation that a pleasant boat means less crew weariness, which means faster trips and thus safer passages.
The Pacific Seacraft 40 looks and feels a lot like the Crealock 37, which was released over two decades ago. The canoe stern hull features substantial overhangs and a low freeboard by modern standards. Below the waterline is a reasonably long cruising fin keel with a skeg-hung rudder far aft, and a cutter rig is utilized, as with all Pacific Seacraft boats.
The hull is built solidly and traditionally. Above the waterline, the fibreglass is hand-laid with osomsis-resistant vinylester glue and balsa coring (and away from any through hull fittings like chainplates). The coring significantly increases hull stiffness. The decks are similarly made of balsa wood. The hull-to-deck flanges are pulyurethane-bedded, through-bolted, and topped with a teak rubrail. Internal bulkheads are attached to the hull and deck through bolts and bonds.
Below decks is a practical bluewater plan that will work well both at anchor and at sea, with features such as a U-shaped Sailboats Galley and a seagoing double quarter berth. There’s lots of well-thought-out stowage, especially for long-distance travel. Engine access is also advantageous.
Undersail, this Bluewater Sailboat while not a speed demon, the Pacific Seacraft 40 can log consistent 140-mile days while maintaining excellent sea-comfort. The boat is perfectly balanced and has exceptional directional stability, making it particularly comfortable to steer.
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