S/V Ubiquity
Pacific Seacraft 34 Sailboat

S/V Ubiquity at anchor before rounding the Brooks Pennisula, Klashkish Basin, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada:

- See below (after sailing photographs) for more details and photographs of Ubiquity's specific equipment and outfitting. -

Ubiquity is a 1987 Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat, hull #67. Designed by Bill Crealock as a smaller successor to the Pacific Seacraft 37, the Pacific Seacraft 34 is sometimes called the "Crealock 34".*

I am outfitting Ubiquity for my post-retirement cruising plans. I bought her for her offshore cruising design, her good construction quality, and the considerable cruising gear already on the boat.

The Design Characteristics I Like about the Pacific Seacraft 34 for Cruising:

My sailing experience with Ubiquity has impressed me with her virtues as an offshore boat, including her excellent tracking ability and easy motion in a seaway, combined with acceptable maneuverability in the marina. Whereas more performance-oriented cruisers would prefer a lighter fin keel with spade rudder design, and more traditionally-oriented cruisers would prefer a heavier full keel design, for me S/V Ubiquity occupies the sweet spot for serious offshore cruising, especially as an older person cruising with one crew member or perhaps by myself. You can view video clips I took on Ubiquity sailing around the Brooks Pennisula during a gale warning, crossing the Columbia River Bar (view over the bow), crossing the Columbia River Bar (view looking towards stern and helmsman), broad-reaching off the Washington coast in heavy fog and 20+ knot winds, and sailing south from Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island, in beautiful sunshine.

Specifications, Approximately:

Cruising sail inventory: Light-air sails keep her moving in light air--a large asymmetric spinnaker (with dousing sleeve) and a drifter. For higher winds she has the staysail, two deep reefs (65%, 39%) in the mainsail, and a trysail (on a separate track) and storm staysail for very strong conditions. Her new mainsail is heavily made by Eric Taylor of Taylor Sails in Port Angeles. Counter to current trends, I decided on a battanless, roachless mainsail. Combined with Strong Track hardware for the luff, the mainsail hoists and drops very easily, allowing me to dispense with lazy jacks and instead of flaking the mainsail on top of the boom I roll it into a bunt and tie it on the side of the boom, as my experienced cruising friend Dave Mancini--captain of S/V Swan, a sister ship to Ubiquity--taught me. Her standard cruising headsail is a new 110% genoa, heavily made by Taylor Sails in Port Angeles. I also carry a high-clew 55% Yankee I sheet to the inner genoa track when sailing close to weather in strong conditions, plus it looks great when sailing as a cutter with the staysail (see photo below).

Anchoring: Her primary ground tackle is a 44 lb. Rocna 20 anchor (true weight 47 lbs.) on 207' of 5/16" high-test chain, with 200' of 5/8" 3-strand nylon that I spliced directly to the chain. The vertical Muir windlass operates either manually or electrically. The manual mode using a winch handle works excellently, and I prefer the exercise of manually retrieving the rode. I use 1/2" 3-strand nylon for snubbers. A washdown pump I installed, with a hose connection near the windlass, allows cleaning of the ground takle when hauling anchor, helping to keep the anchor locker and bilge clean. A Fortress FX-16 (10 lb. aluminum Danforth-type anchor with adjustable fluke angle) stowed on the stern pulpit, on 20' 5/16" high-test chain and 300' 1/2" Sampson Super-Strong nylon double-braid, serves as a stern, backup, and kedge anchor. A huge Fortress FX-37, with 8' of chain and 300' of 5/8" Sampson Super-Strong, serves as a storm anchor and another backup anchor. The FX-37 Fortress anchor with the chain attached is in a Stowaway Anchor Bag in the V-berth ready for quick assembly if needed. Used on all anchors: 7/16" Crosby USA-made alloy shackles, 2.6t WLL rating, breaking strength rating over 25,000 lbs.

Pacific Seacraft 34 Further Information and Reviews:

*As an aside, my friend Dave Mancini, an experienced cruiser and captain of Ubiquity's sister ship S/V Swan, reports that in a conversation he was privileged to have with Bill Crealock, Crealock discussed what he had learned from the 37 design that he used to refine the 34 design.

Sailing on the Columbia River in light winds, March 2013:

Sailing on the Columbia River for a meetup introduction to sailing class outing, 2012:

Flying asymmetric spinnaker (left), and beating (right) in very light air with the drifter on the Columbia River, sailing class outing, 2014:

Two photos (on left) of S/V Ubiquity sailing off Port Angeles in 2011, before she received her new white paint job (Photos taken by my friend Dave Mancini, sailing his sister ship, S/V Swan), plus one photo (on right) of S/V Ubiquity at the dock with Yankee and staysail hoisted:

S/V Ubiquity sailing as a cutter, early morning crossing of the Columbia River Bar, October 2012:

On the hard, showing her underbody design with elongated fin keel, slight bridge to the skeg, propeller in an aperature, skeg-hung rudder, and canoe stern:

Some Other Specific Equipment and Outfitting Details for S/V Ubiquity:
(Many with my photos, so click on the links)

Ship radio call sign: WDG5380
My HAM call sign: KF7QCX
Ship MMSI No.: 367546050