Former Marketing Director, CR38 Owner Offers His 2 Cents


Practical Sailor reader Allen Taylor so loved his Cabo Rico 38 that he eventually started working for the company as the marketing director. Now, with his stint at Cabo Rico far behind him, the former marketing director offered this insightful view of the Crealock 38, which he lived on and cruised for several years. Although he still holds the boat in high esteem, he offered this list of potential trouble spots.

As Crealock pointed out, she was underpowered, both in sail area and the standard engine. The Westerbeke 46 in Taylors boat was not enough. Some owners have repowered to larger engines, but the Yanmar 56 found in later boats is probably about right.

In the tradewinds, she moved along nicely, even with rough seas, but she did not point nearly as close to the wind as the builder claimed. Taylor sometimes had to motorsail to make reasonable progress when close reaching to Trinidad. He said she needs a stiff breeze to really move.

While the inside teak adds a richness and beauty to the vessel, it also tended to add a good bit of weight. Although the builder tried to reduce this by using thinner teak, the weight still dragged down the boats performance.

The exterior teak is a large chore to keep up during an extended cruise. Toerail maintenance- a seasonal chore in Newport or Annapolis-is a never-ending chore in the southern waters. In many cases, cruisers just let the rail go natural in order to eliminate that job altogether. The teak takes on a nice gray color, quite attractive once you get used to it.

Take a close look at boats with teak in the cockpit. This is an area where rot can occur and is very costly to repair properly. If the steering pedestal has leaked over time, the floor can become soft and rotten.

In the offshore model, the mast passes through the bathroom cabinet inside the head. While this makes it harder to step the mast, this location opened up the main saloon. Taylor suggests using Spartite around the mast rather than the rubber original wedges, which tended to work their way loose over time when the mast was working

The fiberglass fuel and water tanks have lasted well, but the water tanks can impart a very strong taste of fiberglass to the water. The tanks do have clean-out ports, and Taylor suggests keeping the tanks very clean and installing a good filter like the General Ecoloty Seagull, which eliminates the tank taste.

Taylor recommends closely inspecting all chainplates, particularly at the shrouds. These passed through the toe rail and were subject to some corrosion. He said there was a period where Grade 304 plates were mistakenly installed instead of 316 stainless and the lower-grade chainplates failed more frequently.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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