Overview

Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 Sail Plan Penned by the late great Bill Crealock and introduced by Pacific Seacraft in 1984, the Dana, at only 24 feet on deck, is perhaps the consummate pocket cruiser. The boat combines traditional styling with the kind of keen craftsmanship and solid construction upon which Pacific Seacraft built its reputation.

Like all good boats, the Dana 24 is well balanced, fast for her size and seakindly. Her shallow draft allows for exploration in cruising grounds larger yachts cannot, and her design, now over 25 years old, is well proven with a number of ocean crossings to her credit. Yet for all her offshore capabilities she is one of a select few that can go home on a trailer.

Although the Dana 24 has never been a cheap boat to buy, owners can console themselves with the lower maintenance bills from a blue water cruiser of diminutive size. Perhaps Crealock best sums it up, “It’s a wonderful entry level, genuine go anywhere cruising boat”.

History

It could be said that the Pacific Seacraft of yesteryear had an affinity for pocket cruisers. Right from the get go, the company introduced the Pacific Seacraft 25 and later the Orion 27, both strong and capable offshore cruisers designed by one of the co-founders himself, Henry Morschladt. However it’s the Flicka 20 that we remember most when we think of small and capable. Pacific Seacraft acquired the Flicka 20 around 1977 and became a hit for the company. By the early-1980s the company was looking to augment Flicka with a larger boat of similar style.

It was Bill Crealock, well respected for his seaworthy designs, who got the commission for the new boat and by 1984 the Dana 24 was introduced. She was fairly well received, in fact a respectable 222 boats were sold in the subsequent fifteen years before a booming mid-1990s economy shifted interest to bigger boats.

“The taste went to bigger boats for a while and smaller boats just got put aside… The size of boats people get seems to vary with the square root of the Dow Jones average” – Bill Crealock

Pacific Seacraft ceased production of the Dana 24 in 1997, but after a three year hiatus interest was reignited as the economy slowed. The company recommenced limited production in 2000 however only a few were sold.

In 2007, Pacific Seacraft entered receivership before changing hands to its new owner, Stephen Brodie. Interestingly, the Dana 24 molds were not part of Brodie’s acquisition. Instead the molds passed to a dealership in Seattle called Seacraft Yachts who have made the boat available once again (starting with hull number #351).

In total at least 250 boats have been built. In this time there’s been little to improve upon the little Dana 24, the boat remains almost unchanged, a true testament to the quality of Crealock’s original design.

Configuration and Layout

Dana 24 Interior Layout The Dana 24 is a moderate displacement cruiser, below the waterline you’ll find a full keel with a forefoot cutaway and a keel-hung rudder. Her sheerline is elegant and she has a memorably plumb bow with a teak bowsprit platform. Compromise on her size means that she is lacking the distinctive Crealock double-ended stern in favor of a wide and almost vertical transom.

The boat retains the signature cutter rig, that’s so popular among the blue water fraternity. Some have optionally been setup for single handing with sheeting and halyard lines led back into the safety of the cockpit.

The cockpit provides good protection from the elements and there are two generously sized cockpit drains. The two cockpit seats are long enough to sleep on at 6′ 3″ in length, and have large lockers are below. There’s a watertight hatch on the cockpit sole to provide access to the engine.

Down below you’ll find of 6′ 1″ of headroom and it’s apparent that 8′ 7″ of beam has been plenty for Crealock to play with. The interior layout demonstrates excellent functionality and clever use of space. Her interior space is around 50% larger than other boats of similar length, making her feel like a much bigger boat.

She has an open plan interior with hand rubbed oiled teak cabinetry, and a teak-and-holly sole that gives her a beautifully warm and inviting feel.  As you descend the companionway, on the port side is a full galley with a gimballed two-burner propane stove, a large insulated icebox and a 10-inch-deep sink with hand-pump. A flip down cover over the stove provides extra counter space to work with, as does another in the seating area. To starboard there is an enclosed head are with head, integral shower pan, hanging locker and sink with hand pump.

The four available berths are generous and comfortable a v-berth berth that is 6′ 8″ long and 6′ 9″ wide, as well as two 6′ 6″ settees with cleverly placed foot room that tucks beneath the v-berth.

Beneath the forward berth are two large drawers and a drop locker. The cabin shelving has removable fiddles and the hanging locker is louvered for extra ventilation. The dining table slides out from underneath the v-berth,  above the two drawers, and is a particularly clever feature, having a hinged center which fits around the interior metal post and can be fully or partially extended.

Construction

True to Pacific Seacraft tradition, the hull and deck are solidly constructed from hand laminated fiberglass. The innermost layers are polyester and the outermost layers have utilized osmosis resisting vinylester resin since 1989. The deck is balsa cored with plywood core in high load zones. The hull to deck joint is a double flange bedded in high tensile polyurethane adhesive compound and through-bolted with stainless bolts.  The interior module is also of vinylester resin and is bonded to the hull with fiberglass mat and woven roving.

The interior fittings are white matte below counter height and teak above. Lead is used as ballast and is encapsulated in fiberglass.  All through-hull fittings are solid bronze. Chainplates are through-fastened to the hull with stainless steel bolts and full backing plates.

Since 1989 the boat has had eight rectangular bronze port lights in place of the original round bronze ports.

Under Sail

Like all Crealock designs, the Dana 24 integrates a good deal of comfort in a well controlled and balanced hull. She’s seakindly boat with a mellow motion through the water and her high ballast ratio (nearly 40%) no doubt helps her ultimate stability. The Crealock philosophy being comfort and stability translates to lower crew fatigue and faster, safer passages.

Light air performance is not her strength, unless set up particularly well and skillfully sailed, don’t expect too much boat speed, she is after all a heaver displacement boat on the grand scheme of things. In a breeze the Dana comes to life, she points well to windward and sails her best on a reach, while downwind her keel and hull form tracks well without a hint of squirming and with less roll than most.

One acknowledged weakness is her inability to hove-to, her high freeboard in her bow sections coupled with a big forefoot cutaway on her keel means her nose is too easily knocked away.

Expect a top speed around 6.5 knots, and we’ve heard reports that well set up examples can top 120 mile days under during long passages. Not bad for a boat her size and displacement.

Specifications

LOA: 27′ 3″
LOD: 24′ 2″
LWL: 21′ 5″
Beam: 8′ 7″
Draft: 3′ 10″
Displacement: 8,000 lbs.
Ballast: 3,200 lbs.
Sail Area: 358 sq. ft.

Headroom: 6′ 1″
Fuel: 18 US. Gal.
Water: 40 US. Gal.
Engine: 18 hp Yanmar 2GM20F / 21hpYanmar 3YM20

Designer: William I. B. Crealock
Builder: Pacific Seacraft Corporation / Seacraft Yacht Sales
Year Introduced: 1984
Total Built: 250+

Buyer’s Notes

The Dana 24 is a well proven boat and to date no significant weaknesses in her construction have been found. For further research, it’s recommended buyers consult the active community of Dana 24 owners who have an email list running at Yahoo Groups (see below for a link).

In the used boat market the Dana 24 has enjoyed popularity and prices reflect this. As at 2010 the asking price for a used Dana 24 is in the range of $40k-90k USD. A new Dana will set you back in the region of $150k USD for the basic model without any of the large range optional and extras.

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Links and References

» Dana owners group on Yahoo
» An owner’s in-depth review of the Dana 24 by Benjy
» Article on the Dana 24 by Heather Frickmann
» Review of the Dana from 48 degrees North by Richard Hazelton
» Dana 24 video review by Lattitudes and Attitudes, Seafaring Magazine
» Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere by John Vigor, (Ch11, p65-70) an in depth look at the Dana 24. ISBN:978-0939837328

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19 Responses to “Dana 24”

  1. Neal says:

    if the base price was reduced to around $70,000 after the reintroduction in 2001, does anyone know how they accomplished that? From pictures it looks like the interior teak was reduced substantially, were there actual changes or did they just take a hair cut on the profit margins?

    Also,
    did the base price rise much in the following years? I’m particularly interested in the base model price near 2004. Most of these recent boats are listing for more than that 2001 base price in 2014 which is interesting.

  2. Spokinlakefarms says:

    I bought a Dana last year and her name is Wizard’s Tide we were wondering how she got that name. She was built in 1987 and we have her out on Quesnel lake for the summer. She has been a good boat to sail. We were interested in finding out more about her past history and were she has been. If you know this boat could you e-mail me at [email protected]

  3. Bobby Beard says:

    Hi. My name is Bobby Beard. I ordered, bought, and still own Pacific Seacraft’s Dana 24 Hull #348, the last Dana made by Pacific Seacraft. It’s a good boat and has treated me well. I have used the boat for local coastal cruising in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound. I had the boat delivered with a minimum of extras; for example, all three sails are traditional hank-on types. The boat is now about four years old. Tom Cooper of Seacraft Sales in Seattle, Washington has continued the Pacific Seacraft production of the Dana 24, and knowing Tom, expect that his boats will be very well make also.

  4. Laurence Boag says:

    Very nice and accurate article. I saw Benji's boat being built down in Costa Mesa right before PSC failed. What a beauty and what a voyage she has been on since her commissioning! Great photos! And thank you so much for selecting some of mine as well.

  5. Rosiemac says:

    As you queried I have been unable to find the information to verify the claim of circumnavigation in a Dana 24 and have altered the article accordingly. Perhaps more information will come to light on that.

    Tom Cooper at Seacraft Yachts replied to my e-mail on production numbers as follows:

    “I would have to go through the files to determine the exact number of boats actually built. Pacific Seacraft issued hull numbers:001 – 226 and 301 – 348. We have built one boat starting at 351. Between 001 and 226 there were some cancelled numbers – but I have not taken the time to determine how many. I believe it would be fair to say that ‘around 250’ Dana’s were built. The last Pacific Seacraft built Dana #348 was delivered to Bellingham WA.

    Also: I am not sure about your information on the Dana being the first commissioned boat Crealock designed for PS. I believe the Pacific Seacraft 34 was actually introduced and built prior to the Dana. We had Crealock 34 #16 and Dana #3 featured at our very first Seattle Boatshow in January 1985.”

    Thanks again for your input
    Rosemary

  6. Rosiemac says:

    Thanks everyone for your input. Article has been edited/added to where appropriate. Seacraft yachts have been contacted for info re. production numbers and some lovely pics of Doolittle have been added

  7. Rosiemac says:

    Thanks everyone for your input. Article has been edited/added to where appropriate. Seacraft yachts have been contacted for info re. production numbers and some lovely pics of Doolittle have been added

  8. Len Egan says:

    You can disregard my comment on LOA as I see you have already made that correction. Good work. Thanks.

  9. Len Egan says:

    You can disregard my comment on LOA as I see you have already made that correction. Good work. Thanks.

  10. Len Egan says:

    Seacraft Yachts is in Seattle, not in California. There is a good YouTube review of their Dana. I trust that you didn’t include the bowsprit in the LOA measurement and instaed used the LOD, referring to it as the LOA. The Dana with the pulpit and bowsprit is actually 27’3″. In the newest Danas they use a 3GM engine with 21 hp versus the 18 hp in the 2GM20 original.

  11. Len Egan says:

    Seacraft Yachts is in Seattle, not in California. There is a good YouTube review of their Dana. I trust that you didn’t include the bowsprit in the LOA measurement and instaed used the LOD, referring to it as the LOA. The Dana with the pulpit and bowsprit is actually 27’3″. In the newest Danas they use a 3GM engine with 21 hp versus the 18 hp in the 2GM20 original.

  12. Jerry Casby says:

    The Dana mold was purchased by Seacraft Yachts, of Seattle Washington. They are not in California to my knowledge, but they certainly are in Seattle.

  13. Jerry Casby says:

    The Dana mold was purchased by Seacraft Yachts, of Seattle Washington. They are not in California to my knowledge, but they certainly are in Seattle.

  14. Brian L. Weir says:

    Seacraft Yachts is located in the state of Washington. Great article other-wise!

    Location: Seattle on Lake Union
    927 North Northlake Way, Suite 100
    Seattle, WA. 98103

  15. Brian L. Weir says:

    Seacraft Yachts is located in the state of Washington. Great article other-wise!

    Location: Seattle on Lake Union
    927 North Northlake Way, Suite 100
    Seattle, WA. 98103

  16. History: I’m sure the Dana has circumnavigated but I do not personally know of such events. I would be very interest in “chapter and verse,” as it were.
    I do know personally of at least two Atlantic crossings; and four Pacific crossings (including one to New Zealand and one to Japan). I’m sure there are many others.
    Production: I would check on the numbers. I believe that total run is not 348. Also that the total run would include the 2001-2007 boats. When reintroduced in 2001, the price was reduced significantly to a base of $69,900.
    The pre-1998 run ended with a hull number in the 200s … #222 was built in 1997 and the last one of which I know in the series. The 2001+ run started with hull number 301 (Solace) and ended at 348 (believed to be berthed in Bellingham). Seacraft Yacht’s first hull number is 350.
    You can verify these numbers with Max at Seacraft Yachts but a total run of 348 is NOT accurate.
    Configuration and Layout: The boat is a “cutter” design but (except for maybe the very earlier iterations) the inner forestay and the stays’l were always optional. With the stays’l deployed in stronger conditions, running backstays are typically required to prevent mast pumping.
    Rectangular portlights (PSC design) replaced the ovals in the 1989 model year. I believe the addition of vinylester to the layup also occurred with the 1989 model year.
    Under sail: “manoeuvrability” is spelled incorrectly; correct spelling is “maneuverability.”
    Buyer’s notes: “It’s recommended is an active owners group on Yahoo.” ??? I am a moderator of the Yahoo! group and will provide any help I can. The Dana following is at (or near) cult levels. Her owners are “true believers.”
    Deficiencies: Most owners report difficulty in “heaving to,” probably due to the upturned nose and excessive windage forward combined with the cutaway forefoot diminishing below waterline resistance.
    See previous comments about stays’l deployment.

    Ben C. Alexander
    s/v Puffin
    Dana 24 #127
    Hailing: Bellingham, WA
    Home: Byers, CO
    303-424-2540

  17. History: I’m sure the Dana has circumnavigated but I do not personally know of such events. I would be very interest in “chapter and verse,” as it were.
    I do know personally of at least two Atlantic crossings; and four Pacific crossings (including one to New Zealand and one to Japan). I’m sure there are many others.
    Production: I would check on the numbers. I believe that total run is not 348. Also that the total run would include the 2001-2007 boats. When reintroduced in 2001, the price was reduced significantly to a base of $69,900.
    The pre-1998 run ended with a hull number in the 200s … #222 was built in 1997 and the last one of which I know in the series. The 2001+ run started with hull number 301 (Solace) and ended at 348 (believed to be berthed in Bellingham). Seacraft Yacht’s first hull number is 350.
    You can verify these numbers with Max at Seacraft Yachts but a total run of 348 is NOT accurate.
    Configuration and Layout: The boat is a “cutter” design but (except for maybe the very earlier iterations) the inner forestay and the stays’l were always optional. With the stays’l deployed in stronger conditions, running backstays are typically required to prevent mast pumping.
    Rectangular portlights (PSC design) replaced the ovals in the 1989 model year. I believe the addition of vinylester to the layup also occurred with the 1989 model year.
    Under sail: “manoeuvrability” is spelled incorrectly; correct spelling is “maneuverability.”
    Buyer’s notes: “It’s recommended is an active owners group on Yahoo.” ??? I am a moderator of the Yahoo! group and will provide any help I can. The Dana following is at (or near) cult levels. Her owners are “true believers.”
    Deficiencies: Most owners report difficulty in “heaving to,” probably due to the upturned nose and excessive windage forward combined with the cutaway forefoot diminishing below waterline resistance.
    See previous comments about stays’l deployment.

    Ben C. Alexander
    s/v Puffin
    Dana 24 #127
    Hailing: Bellingham, WA
    Home: Byers, CO
    303-424-2540

  18. Benjy says:

    Ahoy,

    Very concise article. Excellent. The new 3 cylinder engine is a 3YM20. There’s a word missing second sentence of ‘Buyer’s guide’ and if you want more pics you’re welcome to use any of mine (see group picture folder #342 ‘Doolittle’) Doolittle was one of the last Danas made by PSC and was sailed to Europe from Miami in 2005.

    Cheers

    Thanks Benji, we’ve uploaded some of your images. Nice! – W.L

  19. Benjy says:

    Ahoy,

    Very concise article. Excellent. The new 3 cylinder engine is a 3YM20. There’s a word missing second sentence of ‘Buyer’s guide’ and if you want more pics you’re welcome to use any of mine (see group picture folder #342 ‘Doolittle’) Doolittle was one of the last Danas made by PSC and was sailed to Europe from Miami in 2005.

    Cheers

    Thanks Benji, we’ve uploaded some of your images. Nice! – W.L

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