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Smile WINDFLOWER -1988 - #198 Total Factory Refit

I am pleased to report that my Crealock 37 is now ready to leave Washington and the PSC factory after being completely refurbished by the talented staff at Pacific Seacraft.

The lengthy process of removing and reinstalling all hardware/fittings including the thru-hulls, hatches, port lights, top side teak, stanchions, all wiring, all plumbing as well as the engine and transmission was the initial job completed. Since we took WINDFLOWER down to the bare hull, updates to the holding tanks, fuel tank, rudder assembly (converted to tiller steering) were also conducted at this opportunity of a total refit.

Once the hull was completely stripped of all fittings and hardware, a high quality fairing of the underside was performed which resulted in a very smooth and even surface for the new finishes for the hull and top deck. ALEXSEAL was used for the new finish and nonskid additive used for the areas where appropriate on the factory patterned nonskid on top deck. All lockers were removed and new gelcoat was applied in those areas as well as a complete bilge refinishing to "as new" standards.

At the conclusion of these tasks, WINDFLOWER was moved into the production area of the PSC factory and Raul along with his crew from California did what they have done for over ten years, they used all new components and installed everything new leaving only the original teak cabinetry (properly protected while interior fiberglass was refurbished). Corian countertops were installed, AC and refrigeration. New Bowmar hatches were installed with the slide screening and privacy shades. Interior teak upgrades included battens forward and in the quarter berth.

The list of decisions made in the 7 month process at the factory is much too lengthy for posting here but Pacific Seacraft's Steve Brodie, Thumper, Victor and Raul participated in all decisions for this complete and total factory refit and surely any questions you may have about the process and products used to render my former old and tired Crealock into essentially a brand new beauty with polished bronze hardware has been thoroughly examined by PSC and the solutions to whatever project you are contemplating is available by calling the factory.

I can truly report that PSC is being guided by sincere professionals that will go the extra mile in helping you get your Pacific Seacraft in the bristol condition you seek. Kudos to them, they are real professionals that have your agenda as their focus.

Call or email me anytime if I can provide any insight to you on your project. I have extensive photo's of the complete refit but not smart enough to figure out how to post them here but will email to you any specific images you'd like. And, much thanks to those of you that sent to me advice along the way. I am delighted to be amongst this PSC Community.

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KArlin,

Thanks for that great report, and congrats on your "new" boat.

What year is your Crealock 37?

For a while now I have been wondering if PSC ought not to carve out a little niche market in refurbing their own boats. Many of their current models have been in production for 25+ years now and while the hull, deck, rigs, and interiors remain sound, there's no denying that components do wear out and gelcoat takes some licks from the sun and docks.

Did you get the impression that PSC is interested in taking on more of these projects? Or were they reluctant?
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Good morning John.

WINDFLOWER is a 1988. Interestingly, she is one of the few hulls that was produced with an inner core.

In my addressing my desires, I sought a bronze edition with the oval port lights. Call it a thing of passion.

Steve Brodie was very receptive of the refit and during the time WINDFLOWER was at the factory, a couple of other "old ladies" were at the factory getting various updates. I think Steve is very aware of the moribund market for new boats and by providing the updating service to PSC owners, they learn the areas that have needed improving. During the slow times, the revenue must also be a real plus.

PSC is in the business of taking care of our boats. Hooray!
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Thank you Karlin, congratulations on the upgrade. I'm very interesting in learning more about the results.

JP,
I think some of us PSC owners would be interested in seeing as many of the refit photos as Karlin may be willing to upload so we can get a better idea of whether that's something we might be interested in doing in the future. If he is willing to do this, is there a way Karlin could farily easily upload a set of photos to the gallery and then link to them from here, or would he need to post the photos to an external site instead and then create a hyperlink to that?
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Thank you Karlin, congratulations on the upgrade. I'm very interesting in learning more about the results.

JP,
I think some of us PSC owners would be interested in seeing as many of the refit photos as Karlin may be willing to upload so we can get a better idea of whether that's something we might be interested in doing in the future. If he is willing to do this, is there a way Karlin could farily easily upload a set of photos to the gallery and then link to them from here, or would he need to post the photos to an external site instead and then create a hyperlink to that?
MC1,

I agree, it would be nice to see photos of Karlin's project if he has them.

There are various ways to show photos, but in my opinion the preferable approach is to host them at Flickr or similar and then paste them right here into the thread via the "insert image" button in the compose window (it's the little yellow button with the mountain range and moon/sun in the sky). When you press that button, a pop-up dialogue box appears, into which you paste the link to the photo (from the photo hosting website) and viola it appears in the thread.

PSC would be smart to document these projects and post them on their website -- it would be good marketing.
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Great post/report... must feel good to have start out with your boat all 'new' again....

Not that it's any of our business, but I'm thinking that, like a major home renovation, more money may have gone into the 'refit' than the original purchase.....
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Thanks for the comment.

Yes, it was expensive and I spent considerable time due to my passion for the bronze and a more "classic" looking boat than the new version. I did save a few bucks from the cost of new but my motivator was the product desired at the end of the day. If I had ordered the boat new, it would have had a price tag of at least $50K more than the fully optioned new 37 current pricing from PSC.
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Karlin,
Congrats on your new boat. My wife and I were fortunate enough to see your Windflower at the factory a month ago and she truely looks like a new boat. The exterior had been completed and she looked absolutely amazing, nice windlass. I could not believe that the tiller steering was not original equipment. At the time the interior was completely apart, it's hard to believe the boat is ready to go.
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For a while now I have been wondering if PSC ought not to carve out a little niche market in refurbing their own boats..
Hi John,
When we were at the factory a month ago there was a 34 in the shop ready for a re-fit and by the original owner. I can't recall the date of the boat, early/mid 80's? Although the re-fit was not planned to be as extensive as Windflower, it was to be major. Some items I recall were all new exterior teak, new gel coat and a total upgrade of interior systems. There was also a Fisher 34 Pilothouse in the shop for a major re-fit. Last year they restored a 40 that survived a hurricane in Texas. She was refaired and gelcoated, most of the exterior teak was replaced also, she looked like a new boat. It looks like the word may be getting around.
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John,

The interior went together quickly and it turned out great!

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