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Hi, I'm new to the board and am on the verge of getting my dream boat, a Crealock 37. I'm wondering if I'm biting off too much since I've been boatless for about 12 years, although my last one was an Island Packet 35. The one I'm looking at was built in 1987 and looks to be sort of rough around the edges, dated electronics but overall pretty much what I expect. At this point I have a couple of questions:
  • Are there any areas I (and the surveyor) should pay particular attention to, that have proven to be recurring problems?
  • What is under the plywood panels in the quarterberth and the pullman berth? They look like they are made to come out but not without a fight. If it's tankage, it's not as easy to get at as the fuel tank.
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Re: Newbie looking to buy

With regard to known potential issues with PS 37's there are a couple of areas to check. 1) The aluminum fuel tank can become corroded by bilge water. Later boats came with fiberglass tanks. 2) The wood compression post can be water damaged by leaks from the mast step or from the head (if used for showering). 3) Older boats should also have their chainplates checked for cracking though this applies to all boats, not just PS 37's.
The plywood covers in the quarter and pullman berths are the tops of the fresh water tanks. I have heard of some owners having to replace these on some boats.
That's about all I can think of. Others may be able to offer more.

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Water tank interior may be blistered. Ours was. Required digging out the blisters and applying an epoxy that was more water resistant. Also, check under the head. THe support is wood and if it's been wet there may be rot. You can put an inspection port in the water tank tops, then bed them and screw them down (after you clean the tank and fix any blisters). Check wiring where the hull-deck screws came through. In older boats (ours was 1983) the screws were left as-is and some eventually chafed/poked through wiring. Ditto screws in the cabinetry. Make sure the famous Pacific Seacraft "stinky locker" (the one just forward of the nav station) isn't beyond your tolerance with diesel fumes. They can be masked by various tricks (cleaning only helps for a week or two--the diesel smell comes right back, especially if there is a tiny seep). On the fuel tank, a good yard can remove the tank (after you empty it as much as you can), clean it, and fix the corrosion if it's not major. Pacific Seacraft might be able to build you a fiberglass one like the newer boats have--check with Thumper.
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Don't be intimidated. You'll be happy with the purchase.
1. Check the sliding hatch. On an 81, my plywood substructure was rotted and I replaced. Pretty big job and expensive if you have someone else do it.
2. I also replaced all the laminate glass in the portlights. Most looked terrible, some were showing signs of leaking (may have been condensate). Also a relatively big job because about 50% of the 10 macine bolts/portlight had to be drilled out and retapped. I was very careful and in almost every case was able to keep the same size.
3. Check the seacocks. If it's an older hull, they may be the old rubber plug type. Replacement plugs are almost impossible to find. I replaced all seacocks, not hard but you don't want to make a mistake.
4. Check the engine heat exchanger if you have an Atomic 5432.
5. Agree with chainplate comment. I found a hairline crack and replaced them all.
6. If you have an older traveler, check the blocks for cracks.
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