1980 Pacific Seacraft

Newport Beach, California, United States
$70,000 USD
Condition: good

The fiberglass hull and deck were purchased direct from Pacific Seacraft manufacturing in 1978. It took two years for a retired LA County Fireman, Robert Doezie, to build-out and rig the boat with the help of his family in their house backyard on the Balboa Peninsula.
This is a custom designed boat. It differs from the standard Crelock 37 design to support deep-water cruising. All changes from the normal floorplan and design were consulted with the boat designer and builder, Bill Crelock. Examples of differences includes moving the engine from the aft of the boat to the center to help with sailing balance and to make it easier to work on the engine when needed. An extra-large diesel fuel storage tank was installed (65 gallons), and bulkheads were moved to provide a more open-concept floorplan inside the cabin.

Equipment:
The name of the boat, My Fairlady, was inspired by the Broadway play of the same name. Robert Doezie liked the idea of taking something raw and turning it into something beautiful.
Construction was completed in early 1981 and the boat was launched in March 1981 in Newport Harbor. After outfitting and local offshore trips, Robert and his two sons took My Fairlady to San Diego and Mexico in December 1981.
Robert sailed around Mexico with friends, family, and sometimes by himself until April 1982 when he and a crew of three journeyed from Mexico to Hawaii. This crossing took about three weeks. The boat stayed in Hawaii for a year. Family and friends met Robert and sailed around the Hawaiian Islands and departed for Tahiti in April of 1983.
It took 20 days to make the crossing from Hawaii to Tahiti. My Fairlady arrived in the Tahitian islands in early May 1983. After cruising around the Tahitian islands for a few months, Robert took the boat to Pago Pago, American Samoa; arriving there in late August 1983.
Some minor repairs were done in Pago Pago, and a side-trip to Western Samoa occurred as well. In September 1983, Robert had to leave the boat at anchorage due to business demands. The boat remained in Pago Pago for about five months when Robert returned and set sail for the Kingdom of Tonga in April 1984.
Arriving in Tonga, Robert met one of his sons and turned the boat over to him. Robert had to return to the United States for business. His oldest son, Jim Doezie, sailed around the Tongan islands solo for about three months until Robert returned to Tonga and together, they left for Fiji in September 1984.
Getting different crew and family members, My Fairlady returned to Tonga and then back to Fiji over the course of the next couple of years. Leaving Tonga in March 1986, Robert sailed to New Zealand, arriving in early March. The boat stayed in New Zealand until May, when the boat was cradled and shipped back to Long Beach, California on a commercial container ship. Again, Robert had to return to the United States for business and did not have the time to sail the boat back to home port.
Since that time, the boat has been permanently stationed in Newport Harbor. It has been taken out for weekend trips to Catalina, and multi-week trips to the Channel Islands including Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands.
Due to the age of the engine, it was replaced in 2007 with a larger version for more power.
Frequent maintenance, haul-out bottom jobs and general maintenance has been performed on schedule. This includes a new jib-sail in 2016, a bottom-job in 2017, and pulling the mast for new rigging and electrical wiring in 2019.

DESCRIPTION

The interior is custom designed in collaboration with the original Pacific Seacraft designer, Bill Crelock.

Starting forward is the chain locker, accessible through the forward v-birth.

Under the v-berth are three large storage compartments for plenty of storage.

Ample ventilation is provided by a large overhead opening hatch and two opening ports. Continuing aft, is a double hanging locker to port finished with cedar and the head is to starboard. There is a privacy door for the forward cabin.

The Salon has a 6' settee berth to starboard and seating for four to port. The settee converts with filler cushion to a double wide berth. The salon also features several additional bulkhead-mounted teak bookshelves on both the port and starboard sides plus two starboard side lockers.

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About the Pacific Seacraft 31

Designer
William Crealock
Builder
Pacific Seacraft
Associations
?
# Built
100
Hull Type
Fin with rudder on skeg
Construction
FG

Dimensions

Length Overall
31 9 / 9.7 m
Length On Deck
30 6 / 9.3 m
Waterline Length
24 1 / 7.4 m
Beam
9 10 / 3 m
Draft
4 0 / 1.2 m 4 11 / 1.5 m
Displacement
11,000 lbs / 4,990 kg
Ballast
4,400 lbs / 1,995 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Type
Cutter
Reported Sail Area
487 ft2 / 45.2 m2
Total Sail Area
487 ft2 / 45.2 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
204.4 ft2 / 19 m2
P
32 6 / 9.9 m
E
12 6 / 3.8 m
Mast Height
?
Foresail
Sail Area
282.6 ft2 / 26.3 m2
I
38 8 / 11.8 m
J
14 7 / 4.5 m
Forestay Length
41 4 / 12.6 m

Auxilary Power

Make
Yanmar
Model
3GM30F
HP
30
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
30 gal / 114 l

Accomodations

Water Capacity
65 gal / 246 l
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
6 0 / 1.9 m

Calculations

Hull Speed
6.59 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
15.75
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
42.73
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
348.22
heavy
Comfort Ratio
30.39
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
1.77
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Not to be mistaken for Pacific Seacraft’s earlier 1977 full-keeled Mariah 31, the Pacific Seacraft 31 introduced in 1987 shares its heritage with the celebrated Crealock 37 which earned a spot on the American Sailboat Hall of Fame for its seaworthiness and build quality. The diminutive 31 foot design encapsulates the same concepts of comfort and safety but in packs it into a much smaller package. It’s a pricey boat given her size, but you can expect Pacific Seacraft’s usual high build quality. Overall she’s proven to be a surprisingly roomy boat, easily handled and well suited to couples.

History

To describe the history of the Pacific Seacraft 31 we need to go back a few years to 1980 when Pacific Seacraft acquired the molds for a boat called the Crealock 37, the previous owner, Cruising Consultants, had built a few boats before going bankrupt. The Crealock 37 was designed by Bill Crealock, and over time it garnered such a reputation that it entered the Sailboat Hall of Fame. By the early 1980s Pacific Seacraft recognized the need for a smaller version and Crealock was approached to design the smaller sibling along the same concepts of the 37. This smaller boat was launched in 1984 as the Pacific Seacraft 34.

In 1987, an even smaller 31 foot version was introduced to fill out the range. This boat, also designed by Crealock, became the Pacific Seacraft 31 and it enjoyed an initial twelve year production span between 1987 and 1999 with 79 hulls produced. In 2002 production was restarted after Pacific Seacraft continued to get numerous customer request for a smaller boat. Total production stands at some number over 100 boats thus far.

Configuration & Layout

The Pacific Seacraft 31 differs from the larger boats in the range in that it makes a departure from the traditional double ender styling in favor of a near vertical transom which opens up more space in the aft sections. The long cruising fin, bustle and skeg hung rudder is still there and above deck a cutter rig is retained, though there is an option for a simpler though less ocean-going sloop rig.

There is a shoal draft version which features a Scheel keel drawing 4′ over the standard 4′ 11″. The patented Scheel keel is said to reduced leeway and improve tracking over a standard shoal draft fin. Other variations include tiller steering found in earlier boats, later boats offered Edson rack-and-pinion steering.

On deck is a relatively large cabin truck with lots of portlights. The cabin top is flat featuring a large forward two-way hatch as well as twin dorade vents. Further back in the cockpit are seats that are 7 feet long with contoured backs; three lockers are below the seats, there’s also a vented gas locked on the starboard coming. The helmsman also has a contoured seat.

Down below the boat has a very open feel which is usually the domain of much larger vessels. The V-berth is 6′ 6″ in length with plenty of storage alongside the hull, as well as above and below the berths. A curtain separates the V-berth from the main saloon. In the saloon are twin settees either side of the table which seats six comfortably and attaches to the compression post. The table can be stowed away completely beneath the V-berth.

Further back on port is the galley with its two burner stove and twin sinks, unfortunately both are a decent distance from the boat’s centerline . Opposite on starboard is a standup nav-station. There’s also a seagoing double berth on the port quarter which can be access by climbing through behind the galley.

The engine is located in the usual location below the companionway stairs which forms an engine cover, there is very good access from all sides to the engine and the stuffing box is very easy to reach.

Construction

The hull is laid up by hand in solid fiberglass and water resisting vinylester resin is used on the outermost layer and isophthalic polyester resin in the layers below. This combo should provide excellent resistance to osmosis. Some articles document the hull being hand-laid with vinylester resin throughout with kevlar fiber reinforcing which provides excellent toughness; this may be true for later boats.

Lead is used for ballast. The fiberglass rudder has internal reinforcing from a steel plate and mounted to the fiberglass skeg which itself is reinforced with steel. The pivot is bronze.

The deck is made of marine plywood sandwiched between GRP on both sides with a non-skid pattern molded on the top. The hull-to-deck join is glued and is solidly through-bolted with 1/4 inch stainless bolts every four inches.

The interior is built from a single full-length molded pan bonded to the interior of the hull. It’s a method that’s consistent with many modern production boats, cheaper to build with advantages in increased hull stiffness, reducing creaks and groans but has the sacrifice of accessibility to all areas of the hull.

Under Sail

The boat with its long cruising fin and skeg-hung rudder tracks well. The best point of sail is beam or broad reach, however it’s not particularly close-winded with boat speed dropping off quickly with apparent wind angles of less than 40 degrees. Overall the boat is well balanced and is easily sailed short handed.

Buyers Notes

There are no reported weaknesses for this boat, in general Pacific Seacraft build very strong purpose-driven boats. Most problems that have been reported have resulted in owner neglect and to a lesser degree age. Prices have remained high reflecting buyer demand.

As of 2010 the asking price is in the range of:
1987-1999 $90k – $110k USD
2003-2007 $155k – $180k USD

» Pacific Seacraft 31 info at the official Pacific Seacraft website.
» Twenty Affordable Sailboats to Take You Anywhere by Gregg Nestor (Ch 16. p145-p152) ISBN:978-0939837724
» Blue Water Sailing Magazine, Jan 2005, review of the Pacific Seacraft 31 by Greg Jones.
» Latitudes and Attitudes Seafaring Magazine, Feb 2009.

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