Pacific Seacraft 34 Sailboat

The Pacific Seacraft 34, also called the "Crealock 34", was Bill Crealock's design for a slightly smaller and updated version of his classic cruising sailboat, the Pacific Seacraft 37. Pacific Seacraft Corporation's sales brochure called her a "refined sibling", a "slightly smaller sister". Dave Mancini 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.

Crealock described his goals for these cruising designs as "an easy motion, dryness, strength, windward ability, a comfortable deep cockpit, a safe interior and, above all, ease of handling and balance with or without steering aids".

A Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat at anchor in Klashkish Basin, Vancouver Island, Canada, waiting to round the notorious Brooks Pennisula:

I bought Pacific Seacraft 34 hull #67, built in 1987, for her offshore cruising design and her good construction quality. I named her "S/V Ubiquity", with the hope that other cruisers would see her and say, "There's Ubiquity; she's everywhere!" Then I worked on and outfitted the boat for my post-retirement cruising plans.

      See my blog, photos, videos, and where I have cruised my Pacific Seacraft 34.

Design Characteristics of the Pacific Seacraft 34 that I Like for Cruising:

Pacific Seacraft 34 Reviews and Information:

Specifications (approximate) for Pacific Seacraft 34:

Performance Statistics (approximate) for Pacific Seacraft 34:

Sailing Characteristics of the Pacific Seacraft 34:

Below you can see videos showing the Pacific Seacraft 34 sailing in different conditions, on different points of sail, with a variety of sail configurations, and with different types of steering (windvane, autopilot, manual, and locked).

My experience has impressed me with the virtues of the Pacific Seacraft 34 as an offshore boat. She tracks well and can steer to weather with the helm locked, yet has acceptable maneuverability in the marina. Her motion in a seaway is easy. She heaves to on a mainsail (usually reefed) alone. Whereas more performance-oriented cruisers would prefer a lighter fin keel design, and more traditionally-oriented cruisers would prefer a heavier full keel design, for me the Pacific Seacraft 34 occupies the sweet spot for offshore cruising, especially for an older person cruising with one crew member or perhaps alone.

Heaving-To the Pacific Seacraft 34 on Mainsail Only:

My cruising friend Dave Mancini first alerted me to how well the Pacific Seacraft 34 design could heave-to using mainsail, usually reefed, alone (See the link to Dave's web site above, and also the video above of S/V Ubiquity hove-too on mainsail alone).

This characteristic saved me after getting hurt trying to round Cape Blanco off the Oregon coast. In much stronger conditions than in the hove-to video shown above, the boat stayed hove-to all night while I lay on the cockpit sole in my foulies recovering from a head injury.

You can read about that incident on my sailing blog, and you can see my injuries the next day, after on-board first aid.

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:

Equipment and Outfitting Details for S/V Ubiquity, my Pacific Seacraft 34 :
(Many with photos, so click on the links.)

Big following seas rushing by south of Cape Mendocino:

Sailing as cutter at sunset, Sea of Cortez, Mexico:

Sailing on the Columbia River in light winds:

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

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

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

Sailing as a cutter off the Washington coast, beating into winds in the 20's, Yankee headsail sheeted to inside track, toerail in the water:

At anchor, Isla San Cosme, north of Aqua Verde, Sea of Cortez, Mexico: