The modernized and bigger sister of the famous Crealock 37, the Pacific Seacraft 40 employs the same design principles that made the 37 such a classic bluewater cruiser – seaworthiness, sea-comfort, and real world performance. Many will recall designer “Gentleman” Bill Crealock’s point that a comfortable boat translates to less crew fatigue which translates to swift passages and therefore safe passages.
The Pacific Seacraft 40 retains much the same look and configuration as the Crealock 37 introduced a whole two decades earlier. The canoe stern hull has large overhangs and there’s a low freeboard by modern standards. Below the waterline sits a moderately long cruising fin keel with a skeg-hung rudder far aft, and like all boats from Pacific Seacraft, a cutter rig is used.
Below decks is a sensible bluewater layout which will serve well both under anchor as well as at sea with considerations such as the U-shaped galley, and a seagoing double quarter berth. There’s plenty of well thought out stowage particularly suited to extended voyaging. Engine access is also good.
Hull construction is solid and traditional. The fiberglass is hand-laid with osomsis-resisting vinylester resin with balsa coring above the waterline (and away from any through hull fittings like chainplates). The coring provides greatly increased hull rigidity. The decks are also balsa-cored. The hull to deck flanges are bedded in pulyurethane and through-bolted and capped with a teak rubrail. Internal bulkheads are both bolted and bonded to the hull and deck.
Undersail, though not considered a speed demon, the Pacific Seacraft 40 can log consistent 140 mile days and do so with very good sea-comfort. The boat is well balanced and directional stability is good making her particularly easy to helm.