The Pacific Seacraft 34 is a vessel worthy of offshore adventures yet equally at home on protected waterways. Designed by William Crealock, the 34 is considered the encore act to a very successful Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37. The 34 was introduced in 1984, and was the start of a long and very successful association between a legendary designer and a well-respected builder.
It’s not surprising then that the boats share similar graceful lines and appearance. As with the 37, the 34 is focused on safety and comfort. Overall a tough boat with a seakindly nature very well suited for blue-water passage making for couples.
As Crealock himself, states: “Seaworthiness in a cruising boat has to be the No. 1 consideration. It doesn’t matter how cute the boat is if it doesn’t get (the cruisers to their destination) in one piece … Just about any boat does well in Southern California. A bathtub would do fairly well. But when things get bad, when it’s blowing hard and rough, that’s when the difference between boats shows up most. But beyond safety, you must give up in some areas to achieve in others. The boat must be aesthetically pleasing to the owner and not too slow – nobody likes a slow boat.”
The Pacific Seacraft 34 has relatively large overhanging bow, a handsome sheer line, which ends with a traditional canoe stern. Under the waterline is a relatively long cruising fin keel with a very handy draft of 4’11 in standard trim that will get you into places that other boats won’t.
Starfish’s rig is of cutter configuration, all control lines are feed back into the safety of the cockpit. The cockpit is small, which some would say is a traditional blue-water design feature to advert the risk of flooding during a following sea, but don’t be surprised if it gets cramped quickly as the people count climbs.
Inside, there is 6’4″ of headroom, a comfortably sized galley, and an interior that is well laid out for liveaboard. There are berths for up to five, two in the V, two in the saloon settees, and a single seagoing quarter berth which doubles as a seat for the nav table.
Starfish appears to have been well-maintained and in ready to go shape.