The overhanging canoe stern has become a permanent feature of all the new Pacific Seacraft designs out of Crealock's office. These boats are very well accepted. Now nobody loves double-enders more than I do, but even I can't convince myself that double-enders make the best sea boats. Certainly a moderate approach to volume in the ends and an effort to create nearly-symmetrical waterlines fore and aft can result in a well-mannered boat. But not all double-enders are well mannered and not all transom-sterned boats are bears offshore. Personally, I like the looks of a double-ender and Bill Crealock is a master of this shape.

The Crealock is an inch wider than a Valiant 42 and weighs the same, while being three feet shorter on the DWL. This gives the Crealock a D/L ratio of 351 compared to the D/L of 260 for Valiants. This qualifies the Crealock as heavy in my book. You will get a comfortable and stiff boat at this weight, with enough volume below for decent cruising tankage. Ballast is about the same as a Valiant, as is draft.

The biggest differences between the two boats are in the shapes in the ends and the DWL difference. The Crealock also has a more rounded sectional shape amidships compared to the deep V, high-deadrise shape of the Valiant. The Crealock shows 16 degrees of deadrise at station 5 compared to the 20 degrees of the Valiant; 16 degrees is a lot of deadrise by today's standards and should help provide a high degree of positive stability for the Crealock, along with a nice motion.

Rigwise, the two boats are very close. Both have short bowsprits. The SA/D ratio of the Crealock is 16.26 and that should be fine for cruising. I noticed on the drawings that the main chainplate of the Crealock is mounted outside the hull, while both the forward and aft lowers are inboard. The mast is well aft in relation to the leading edge of the keel in order to make room in the foretriangle for a useable staysail. I prefer masts forward of station 4 (40 percent of the waterline aft). The leading edge of the Crealock mast is at 43.2 percent. This sometimes can make for a boat that is difficult to balance.

I like the interior layout. The galley is quite large with the sinks near centerline. The head is big and has a shower stall. Note how the reefer box extends into the aft cabin to make a small shelf. This is a clever touch. The mast placement certainly makes sense when you look at the interior. With the mast in this location, there is access to both ends of the dinette. There are two layouts offered forward, i.e., island double berth or conventional V-berth with filler. I need a way to keep my pillow from falling off the head of the berth.

A new design from the master of the double-ender.

Boat Specifications

Draftstandard 6', shoal draft 5'1"
Displacement24,000 lbs.
Ballaststandard 8,700 lbs., shoal 8,800 lbs.
Sail Area846 sq. ft.
SA/D ratio16.26
D/L ratio351
AuxiliaryYanmar 4JH2E 50-horsepower
Fuel70 gals.
Water150 gals.


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