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Dave Newberg ( compiled and posted all the responses to his question, should I buy a Crealock 37. Below are two responses from the then owner of Kerry Dancer. If I come across anything else I'll let you know. Good luck in your search!

Jay, PSC 37, Kenlanu, # 171.

Date: September 9, 2004 11:46:25 PM CDT
Subject: RE: [pacificseacraft-list] 37' Pacific Seacraft vs Island Packet
I have been asked over and over, "How may people does she sleep?" It sleep me
and whomever I care to have over on the boat. I can sleep up to 30+ if we are
all friendly and the weather is good. I can only sleep one if I am in a
bad mood and don't want company. Where you stand on an issue depends entirely on
which side you sit.
Island Packets have placed well in a goodly number of races. I have been on
Island Packets and on a number of racing boats and they all place well. When we
get to our destination, we require major R&R before we can attend the parties.
Both are well built and each has a certain amount of compromise.
The question remains, "On which side do you sit?"
Thomas R. Wright, MBA, CISA, W4TRW
S/V Kerry Dancer
Crealock 37, #14

From: "Thomas R. Wright" <>
Date: September 10, 2004 12:17:50 AM CDT
Subject: RE: [pacificseacraft-list] 37' Pacific Seacraft vs Island Packet
I am sending off list because I have a lot of opinions, but I don't have the
time to respond to all of the people that would like to argue them, ad nauseam.
The difference between the Crealock 37 and the IP are tremendous. At anchor and
at the dock the party will always be on the IP, but coming into the dock, the
Crealock crew will usually arrive more rested and ready for the party than just
about any boat out there. When it comes time to sail with company, my racing
friend's wives and the IP wives all ask if we can go on my Crealock for the
afternoon. No fancy amenities, wet in blustery weather, but an extremely
comfortable and seaworthy ride.
When it comes down to the basics of boats, the Crealock is a no-compromise, good
sailing, no frills, basic boat. The bolt on keel is far preferable to the
encapsulated keel. There are a lot of problems with the encapsulation and if you
are into SSB radio or Ham, the bolt on keel makes a great counterpoise for the
entire rig. The bolt on keel will take a beating and with a little yard time and
some readjustment be as good as new. Not so for the alternative. The IP will
have much more interior room. This is a comfort at the dock and at anchor in a
quiet cove. This is a liability in a seaway or a rough anchorage.
By the way, they only two boats on my short list, if I ever had to replace my
darling Crealock... would be another Crealock 37 or a Valiant.
As my recently late father used to say, "Opinions are like rear ends; everybody
has one and they all stink!"
Thomas R. Wright, MBA, CISA, W4TRW
S/V Kerry Dancer
Crealock 37, #14
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