Pacific Seacraft’s new Pilothouse 32 is the result of a request which came from dealers in northern Europe who wanted an all-weather high-quality pilothouse yacht for the North Sea. Some yachts have pilothouses that seem like afterthoughts or, even worse, look like a condo grafted atop an otherwise pretty boat. This new 32 is neither, and it was obviously conceived from the beginning by those who know the sea as well as yacht design.
The hull is a larger version of the Bill Crealock-designed 31-footer and, like other Pacific Seacraft, has a solid fiberglass hull, balsa coring in the deck for stiffness, and a 10-year warranty against blisters. The rudder is skeg-hung, the prop is protected within an aperture, and a Scheel keel is available for those needing shallow draft.
The cockpit is comfortable and deep, with an Edson pedestal and raised helm seat aft, oversized drains with ample gutters, and truly huge cockpit seat lockers. The salon has a compact dinette to port, oversized quarter-berth to starboard, and an inside helm with wheel, engine controls and duplicate instruments. Overhead, a clear hatch allows the helmsman to see the sails, and the big windows allow views even while seated. Forward and down to port is the galley, with deep double sink, microwave, propane two-burner stove/oven, deep refrigerator, and superb storage space. The head is just opposite and has a teak seat, a shower pan under a teak grate, and enough storage to satisfy live-aboards.
The stateroom forward features a large V-berth, seat, hanging lockers, and four opening ports plus an overhead hatch. Decor throughout is yar, with teak-and-holly sole, teak planked ceilings, and louvered teak lockers set off by white mica bulkheads.
It is the seamanlike touches that mark a Pacific Seacraft, however, like 10-inch mooring cleats, double anchor rollers, deep bulwarks with hawses, and welded double pulpits and lifelines.
A long list of standard equipment at the $147,900 base price includes gear such as Harken roller furling, Ullman main and 130% genoa, Muir electric anchor windlass, Lewmar self-tailing winches, dual Ritchie compasses, three-bladed feathering prop, and 12-volt refrigeration.
Best of all, there seems to be no compromise to her sailing ability as is often found in pilothouse yachts. She pointed well with no bad habits, tacked easily and for long periods while reaching and running (a result of the skeg, no doubt). When steering from the cockpit, the large pilothouse windows allow full visibility forward with none of the usual blind spots.
Standard power is a 43-horsepower Volvo diesel which pushes her at well over hull speed but, because of the superb insulation, with minimal vibration and noise.
Most buyers assume that a pilothouse is intended as protection from foul weather, but it is also a defense against weather that is too good, also. With the optional 5-kilowatt Northern Lights generator (which tucks neatly under the cockpit) and air-conditioning, the Pilothouse 32 was born for the North Sea but would be equally at home in tropical climes such as Florida, the Caribbean or Mexico.
|Draft (full keel)||5′|
|Draft (Scheel keel)||4′ 1″|
|483 sq ft|
Builder: Pacific Seacraft Corp.
1301 E. Orangethrope
Fullerton, CA 92631
fax: (714) 879-5454