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bjung 01-14-2011 07:36 AM

37 vs 37 yawl
I would like to hear from members who have sailed/owned a 37 yawl.
How does the performance compare to the 37 sloop/ cutter rig?
How much does the mizzen mast get in the way?
And any other opinion pertaining to the 37 yawl.
PSC 31

BirdBrain333 01-14-2011 09:06 AM

I have little direct experience but read somewhere the comment of some crusty old naval architect who opined that the best way to improve a yawl was with an axe. Given how much I value simplicity, the benefits of a mizzen simply don't outweigh the added "stuff" which has to be bought and maintained.

I'll be interested in the epxeriences (and prejudices) of others.

Jay, PSC 37, Kenlanu, a cutter.

brokesailor 01-14-2011 01:55 PM

I must respectfully disagree. Having sailed extensively offshore on a Hinckley yawl, the Mizzen mast allows you to to place many accesories on without having to put all that stuff on the main mast, wind generator/radar/AIS/VHF/Sat phone etc. When the wind pipes up you can sail jib and jigger and not have to worry about going on deck to reef the main. At anchor you can raise the Mizzen sail and use it as an anchor sail. Not to mention how pretty they look!
Beware though I have a contract on a Crealock 37 yawl so I am probably not thinking straight.

ellenwhite2 01-15-2011 07:46 AM

We love our yawl! As Brokesailor mentioned, she does balance beautifully under jib and jigger and is much easier for us (not you!) slightly aging sailors to manage. For anyone interested, the Feb issue of Blue Water Sailing features an article by Tor Pinney on The Amazing Mizzen with even more uses.

Brokesailor - We pass by your yawl each day we visit ours. She's a beauty! We have recently discovered our mainsail is smaller than the newer PS boats, as our boom is shorter. Do you know the E value of Skalliwag? Or may we visit with a tape measure?

C37 #7

brokesailor 01-16-2011 05:54 AM

I have not closed on her yet so she is not legally mine. I'll let you know when she is. I don't know the E value. Thanks for the complement! I will be down there probably Superbowl weekend, maybe we can get together. Would like to see you all's yawl!

ellenwhite2 01-16-2011 06:42 AM

Brokesailor - Sounds good! My e-mail is my first and last name at We may be a bit messy, as we are pulling the mast and doing some other prep to get her ready to move aboard. (Also prepping the house for renters, but that's another story!)


brokesailor 01-16-2011 07:54 AM

I'll email you then. I'll be flying down there hopefully Sunday Feb 6th for seatrials and survey on Monday flying back on Tuesday.

tmoose 06-23-2011 05:49 PM

I've owned a 1978 Crealock 37 yawl for almost 20 years (will be selling it soon) and have loved it. True, the mizzen is so small that it doesn't provide much power, but it sails beautifully under genoa & mizzen, and at anchor does not wander back and forth *at all*. Also, she heaves to nicely with just the mizzen up.

Plus, the rigging around the cockpit gives me a great sense of security, there's plenty to grab onto when necessary, and the mizzen halyard can be used to hoist the outboard motor!

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