'Hero', a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 Sailboat for Sale
by owner Jim Seal

'Hero', my Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 is currently sailing in the Caribbean (since July 2021) and is scheduled to return to the US east coast late spring 2023.

Update! 'Hero' is now on the hard at Bert Jabins in Annapolis, MD, so interested parties can take a look at her there.

She has had all her systems upgraded and improved upon since we purchased her in 2015. We have plans for extensive land travel in the next few years and sadly will be offering her for sale.

The Crealock 37, a sailboat designed by renowned maritime designer W.I.B. Crealock, has long been a favorite amongst sailing enthusiasts. Its timeless design combined with its rugged construction and outstanding performance make it an attractive option for those looking for a true blue-water cruiser.

Analyzing the design ratios of the Crealock 37 gives a clear understanding of its potential performance. The Sail Area/Displacement (SA/D) ratio is 16.41, which is indicative of a moderate cruiser. This ratio signifies the balance between the sail area and the boat's weight, with a higher number generally indicating a faster, more performance-oriented boat.

The Ballast/Displacement ratio of the Crealock 37 is 40.21%. This demonstrates the boat's ability to resist capsizing, with a higher number indicating better stability. This is a crucial feature for those looking to undertake long-distance cruising, particularly in rough conditions.

The boat's Displacement/Length (D/L) ratio is 324.48. This is slightly higher than some other boats in its class, indicating a heavier boat with more volume. This translates into more onboard storage and living space, a significant advantage for those planning extended trips at sea.

The Comfort Ratio of the Crealock 37 stands at 33.95. This indicates the boat's motion in a seaway, with a higher number representing a more sedate and comfortable ride. This makes the Crealock 37 well-suited for cruising rather than racing.

A Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.73 suggests that the Crealock 37 has good seaworthiness. The lower the number, the better the boat's theoretical capsize resistance, making it a safe choice for offshore voyages.

The original design of the Crealock 37 is a cutter rig, but alternative options are available. These include a sloop and a ketch design, each with its unique benefits and considerations for cruising performance and handling.

The Crealock 37 is renowned for its build quality and attention to detail. The boat is sturdy, well-constructed, and built to last, as evidenced by the many vintage models that are still sailing today.

In terms of strengths, the Crealock 37 scores highly for its safety, comfort, and efficiency. The boat's design ratios indicate good stability and performance, while its construction quality ensures reliability and longevity.

However, like all boats, the Crealock 37 does have some weaknesses. Some users find the boat a bit challenging for single-handed sailing due to its size and weight. Others may prefer a lighter, more performance-oriented boat.

Despite these minor criticisms, reports from seasoned sailors and accredited marine journals suggest a high level of satisfaction with the Crealock 37. Many praise its sturdy construction, comfortable interior, and excellent seaworthiness, confirming its reputation as a top choice among sailors.

The Crealock 37 is also popular on the secondhand market, with prices typically ranging from $75,000 to $150,000. The price can vary significantly depending on factors such as model year, condition, and included equipment.

When compared to other similar sailboats in its class, the Crealock 37 holds its own. Other boats may be faster or more modern, but few can match the Crealock 37's combination of comfort, seaworthiness, and design integrity.

The Crealock 37 is a boat that invites and conquers challenges, able to withstand various weather conditions and navigate challenging waters. The sense of accomplishment in successfully sailing a Crealock 37 adds to the thrill and adventure of the sailing experience.

The Crealock 37 is more than just a sailboat; it's a lifelong partner for countless maritime adventures. The boat's design and construction reflect a deep understanding of the sailor's needs, resulting in a vessel that is both practical and inspiring.

The Crealock 37 sailboat offers significant interior space and comfort. The well-designed cabin features ample living space, plenty of storage, and a practical galley for preparing meals, making it an ideal choice for long-term cruising.

A notable feature of the Crealock 37 is its moderate draft, allowing the boat to venture into shallower waters. This opens up a world of possibilities for exploration and adventure, taking sailors to less-traveled parts of the globe.

The Crealock 37 comes equipped with modern navigation tools, ensuring safe and efficient sailing across all water bodies. The onboard electronics are designed to make sailing the Crealock a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

The Crealock 37 embodies the inherent feeling of freedom that comes with cruising at sea. Its robust capabilities and comforting layout allow sailors to venture far from the shore, embracing the challenge and adventure that comes with sailing.

The Crealock 37 seamlessly merges the sense of adventure with home-like comfort, creating an atmosphere that is both thrilling and relaxing. This balance makes it an ideal companion for those seeking a long, sustained journey at sea.

Owning a Crealock 37 is not just about owning a boat; it's about owning a piece of maritime history. The boat's timeless design, consistent performance, and impressive build quality ensure that it holds its value well, making it a wise investment.

The Crealock 37's proven record for long voyages means it is more than capable of providing comfort and safety across different sea conditions. Its sturdy construction minimizes the need for repairs, making it a reliable and cost-effective choice for prospective buyers.

A Crealock 37 sailboat speaks volumes about its owner's passion for authentic sailing experiences. Owning a Crealock 37 is about embracing the unique relationship between the sailor and the sea, encapsulated in a craft designed to handle anything the ocean can throw at it.

If you are drawn to the classic, timeless appeal of the Crealock 37, you will be rewarded with a boat that offers dependable performance, sturdy construction, and a comforting interior environment.

Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a beginner, the Crealock 37 offers an engaging sailing experience that commands respect and admiration from the global sailing community.

In conclusion, the Crealock 37 is a well-crafted combination of sturdy construction, exceptional seaworthiness, and aesthetic appeal. Its outstanding performance, ruggedness, and beautiful craftsmanship have earned it a stellar reputation amongst sailing enthusiasts around the world.

Sailing on a Crealock 37 is about understanding the harmonious balance between man and nature. It's about harnessing the wind's energy to chart your course across the vast expanse of the sea, embracing the freedom, challenge, and adventure that comes with it. Whether you're looking at a Crealock 37 for sale or simply dreaming of the open sea, this vessel promises a unique and unforgettable journey.

A Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 under sail'Hero', my Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37.
We can deliver her to any port on the east coast of the USA.

'Hero' is perfect for a liveaboard couple, and can accommodate 5-6 for overnights.

Her first owner kept her in freshwater near Burlington, Vermont, for the first 20 years, so she has avoided a lot of saltwater wear. She's a very stable and reliable vessel with classic good looks.

Pacific Seacraft 37, interior layoutAccommodation layout

Material & Dimensions

  • Designer: Wiliam Crealock;
  • Fiberglass construction, Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder. Hull #252;
  • Draft 5’6”. Bridge clearance 50’2”;
  • Overall length 36’11”, Beam 10’10”;
  • Waterline length 27’8”;
  • Sail area 618ft2;
  • Displacement 16,000 lbs. Lead ballast 6,200 lbs;
  • Two 40-gallon water tanks, one 40-gallon fuel tank, one 15-gallon holding tank.
Pacific Seacraft 37, sailing under full main and staysail only'Hero' reaching comfortably under full main and staysail only

Sails, Rigging & Deck

  • Main: 272ft2, good condition. Two reefs, lazy-jack system;
  • Primary jib: North Sails 452ft2, 125% 3Di Nordac Offshore Ply (2020);
  • Staysail: North Sails 90% 3Di Nordac Offshore Ply (2021);
  • Backup jib: Doyle high clew, Condition good;
  • Asymmetric spinnaker: 860ft2, with ATN Tacker;
  • Orange Storm Trysail 86ft2;
  • 32-inch diameter Edson wheel with leather cover;
  • Block and tackle arm attached to wind generator pole for raising outboard engine onto rail;
  • Standing rigging, both furlers, boom vang and all lifelines replaced;
  • Barient 2-speed self-tacking main winches;
  • Lewmar 30 two-speed winches mounted to the mast;
  • Lewmar 30 self-tacking two-speed winches on the cabin top;
  • Sunbrella bimini and dodger, new mainsail and windlass covers.
Pacific Seacraft 37, exterior (starboard side)'Hero', having a canoe stern, is a 'double-ender'.

Engine & Mechanicals

  • Yanmar 4JH2E 50 hp diesel, 2350 hours as of Feb 20, 2023;
  • Variprop feathering prop (19” x 13 x 4-blade);
  • 55 Amp alternator, spare alternator, starter and water pump included;
  • Hot water tank, engine driven;
  • Engine mounts, oil cooler, fuel injection pipes and exhaust elbow recently replaced;
Pacific Seacraft 37, marine diesel engineHer Yanmar 4JH2E 50 hp diesel engine

Electronics, Navigation & Renewable Energy Equipment

  • Chartplotter in cockpit: 12" display B&G Zeus 2, NMEA2000 network;
  • C-Map US Coastal & Rivers Continental on Micro-SD 16 GB card, C-MAP MAX-N+ Electronic Chart Caribbean & Central America;
  • B&G 4G Radar System, B&G Wind sensor;
  • Vesper Marine WatchMate AIS with wifi;
  • CPT Autopilot system;
  • Airmar depth transducer;
  • Scad water tank monitoring system;
  • Battery bank: Four Firefly AGM 12 volt - new 2021. Total 464 Ah;
  • Victron Precision Battery monitor system;
  • Standard Horizons model GX1700 VHF, with remote radio and external speaker mounted in the cockpit;
  • Pro Marine 2000 Watt inverter;
  • 350 Watt solar array mounted to bimini; MPPT charge controller;
  • 400 Watt Marine Kinetix wind generator mounted at stern;
  • LED anchor, running and steaming lights;
  • Iridium Go satellite system.
Pacific Seacraft 37, chartplotterHer B&G Chartplotter is mounted at the wheel

Ground Tackle

  • Primary: 44 lb. Spade anchor with 80’ of 5/16" G40 high test anchor chain spliced to 220’ of ⅝” three-strand rode;
  • Stern: 30 lb. Danforth on stern pulpit, with 15' of 5/16" G40 High Test anchor chain spliced to 90' of 5/8" 3-strand rope;
  • Additional 300’ of 5/8" 3-strand rode accessible at bow as backup with spare Bruce anchor;
  • Lewmar H3 Windlass, with wireless remote, new 2022;
  • Snubber: 20' line with 6-foot long rubber elastic;

Interior/Galley/Comforts

  • 'Hero' is a very clean boat;
  • Two hatches and 10 ports for excellent air flow;
  • All LED interior lighting, including red lighting for night sails;
  • OzeFridge fridge/freezer combo. Compressor with twin cold plates, freshwater cooling. All refrigeration insulation replaced;
  • Hot pressurized water (engine provided with 6 gallon tank) for hot showers;
  • Spectra model 200T watermaker - 7 gallons of freshwater per hour;
  • Interior analog clock and barometer;
  • All interior and cockpit cushions replaced;
  • Interior wood walls/tables refinished;
  • Galley countertops and sink replaced with Corian;
  • Galley and head faucets with hot and cold pressurized, filtered water;
  • Durable Groco manual head;
  • Handheld shower spray and freshwater foot pump in head;
  • Galley has saltwater and freshwater foot pumps;
  • Lee cloth on port side;
  • Force 10 two-burner stove and oven;
  • Force 10 propane fueled cabin heater;
  • Two propane tanks secured in ventilated stern locker;
  • Propane grill mounted to stern rail;
  • Fusion Stereo AM/FM/CD/DVD Wifi player w/NMEA control at chartplotter, Infinity 8" speakers in the cockpit, Bose 101 speakers in the salon;
  • 32-inch wifi TV mounted in the salon;
  • Three 7-inch Caframo fans mounted in the salon and v-berth;
  • Multiple USB ports and AC power access in cabin;
  • Bimini and stern rail hardware replaced;
  • Teak cockpit table with folding leaves.
Pacific Seacraft 37, cabin (aft view)Looking aft, showing the quarterberth on the port side

Safety Gear

  • Datrex 4-person canister liferaft (new 2021), cradle mounted on deck;
  • Switlik Man Overboard Module (MOM-8S) self-inflating ring with pole, light and weight;
  • McMurdo EPIRB SmartFind G8 AIS registered through Dec 2023;
  • Jacklines affixed along port and starboard cabin tops, harness tethers;
  • Lifesling Throwable PFD;
  • Electric bilge pump, Whale manual bilge pump;
  • Emergency tiller steering;
  • Para-Tech Delta Drogue - 48";
  • Four fire extinguishers;
  • Fire blanket stored near galley;
  • High intensity spotlight, runs off C batteries or 12-volt boat system;
  • Off-shore flares, smoke signal canisters and supplies in ditch bag.
Pacific Seacraft 37, life raftHer deck-mounted Datrex 4-person canister liferaft

More Pics, Asking Price & Owner's Contact Details...

1 - Hero's Interior

Pacific Seacraft 37, galleyThe galley is on the starboard side at the foot of the companionway
Pacific Seacraft 37, nav stationThe navigation station is on the port side at the foot of the companionway
Pacific Seacraft 37, cabin (forward view)The main cabin
Pacific Seacraft 37, cabin (port side)A Force 10 propane fueled cabin heater is mounted on the forward bulkhead
Pacific Seacraft 37, cabin (starboard side)Plenty of solid handholds throughout the interior
Pacific Seacraft 37, interior (bow)The forward cabin
Pacific Seacraft 37, Head 2The head...
Pacific Seacraft 37, Head 1...and wash basin
Pacific Seacraft 37, battery bankFour Firefly AGM 12v batteries make up the domestic bank, totalling 464Ah
Pacific Seacraft 37, inverterPro Marine 2000 Watt inverter
Pacific Seacraft 37, watermaker 2The Spectra model 200T watermaker makes 7 gallons of freshwater per hour

2 - Exterior Pics...

Pacific Seacraft 37, exterior (port side)Showing her fin keel and skeg-hung rudder
Pacific Seacraft 37, staysailHer North Sails 90% 3Di Nordac Offshore Ply staysail
Pacific Seacraft 37, solar panelsThe 350 Watt solar array is mounted to bimini
Pacific Seacraft 37, autopilotThe wheel-mounted CPT Autopilot system

3 - Asking Price and Contacting the Owner

Pacific Seacraft 37, under sail 5'Hero'

I'm asking $139,000* for 'Hero', my 1992 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 cutter.

*Now $125,000!

If you wish to get in touch, you can find my contact details here...

Owner: Jim Seal

What is the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37 sailboat like to sail?

Based on Published Design Ratios for the Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37:

Her Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.6 suggests that she will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

Her Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 38.8 means that she's likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

Her Displacement/Length Ratio of 334 tells us she is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline.

Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 33.4 suggests that the comfort of her crew in a seaway would be similar to that associated with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

More about Design Ratios...

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