Julianne told you a little bit about finding and purchasing Epiphany (you can read that story on our “About” page)……….. I was day dreaming about future possibilities and casually checking out the blue water boats around the ship yards in Anacortes, when, out of the corner of my eye, she burst into my visibility and awareness. I threw on the breaks and pulled a quick u-turn to go and check her out. I thought to myself, YES! One day……this is exactly the kind of boat I would like to have. Later, when I brought Julianne down to look at her, it was just for fun…….dreaming about a future that seemed vaguely obtainable, one day, maybe. But suddenly something miraculous happened, Julianne turned to me and said “she is beautiful, lets buy her”. I laughed, and so did she, and then we looked at Epiphany some more and back at each other and then again and then one of us said “ Maybe we could” and this time neither of us laughed.
It truly was an epiphanic moment for us, finding her and realizing that we could choose to purchase her.We had spent years of day dreaming about the type of boat that we would one day get. We had read and listened to all of the arguments about heavy displacement vs light displacement, finding the perfect size, necessary rigging, cockpit placement, salon necessities, boat age, fuel and water capacity etc. For each of these questions, you can find as many different, divergent opinions as you could wish for. In the end we decided that, for us, the right choice would be a medium to heavy displacement cruiser, no less than 34 feet (we hoped for a little more) and no more than 42 feet (we hoped for a little less). I spent a lot of idle time, looking at boats on line that met our specifications and creating short list of listings and manufacturers that we admired, only to tear it up and start the process all over again. There were a few boats though, that always ended up back on the list; and one of those boats was the Pacific Seacraft, Crealock 37.
The Pacific Seacraft 37 was designed by Bill Crealock. Bill was a sailor, an author and from the 1960s through the 80’s, one of the worlds leading yacht designers. He was born in Essex, England in 1920. As a young man he studied Naval architecture at the University of Glasgow; and he worked at the Glasgow ship yards during WW2.
The Crealock was conceived and sold as a go anywhere blue water cruiser; and in both construction and design it achieves this aim. The design was originally commissioned by Clipper Marine in 1970, that company went out of business before they ever produced one and the molds were then purchased by Cruising Consultants who produce the first 16 boats from the design. In 1980 Pacific Seacraft purchased the design and molds and began steady consistent production of the boat. The 37 has twice been named one of the top 100 products (of any kind) manufactured in the United States; they are included in both volumes of Fernec Mates Worlds Best Sailboats and in 1992 they were inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame.
They have a reputation, and Julianne particularly likes this quote, of “taking care of their owners”. In our relatively short time with her, we have already found this to be true. Even when we screw up, she still takes care of us…..when we accidentally get her balanced and trimmed just right…..she sails very, very comfortably. She is certainly not perfect, I doubt that any boat is, but she is perfect for us………..sometimes I wonder who found who; us her, or her us?
“The 37 was, throughout, aimed at those people who, while wanting a pleasant boat to sail locally, just might want one day a boat able to take them in safety to any part of the world – and this with as much speed and comfort as possible without detracting from seaworthiness. I consider crew fatigue to be a major enemy of seaworthiness, and this meant an easy motion, dryness, strength, windward ability, a comfortable deep cockpit, a safe interior and, above all, ease of handling and balance with or without steering aids. With a small crew, possibly no longer athletically endowed, these are what make for fast passages.” – Bill Crealock