William Ion Belton Crealock (Aug 23, 1920 – Sep 26, 2009) was a yacht designer and author. He was one of the world’s leading yacht designers from the 1960s through the 1990s, and his yachts were owned by the famous and wealthy, including Walter Cronkite and William Hurt. Perhaps his most successful production boat was the Westsail 32 (1971) which hit a chord with the American public and helped the cruising lifestyle come out of the fringes and into the mainstream. Another of his all-time classics is the Crealock 37 which he penned in the mid-1970s. The boat, which is still in production, helped forge a long and successful association with Pacific Seacraft and in 2002 was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame.

“Seaworthiness in a cruising boat has to be the No. 1 consideration. It doesn’t matter how cute the boat is if it doesn’t get [to the destination] in one piece … Just about any boat does well in Southern California. A bathtub would do fairly well. But when things get bad, when it’s blowing hard and rough, that’s when the difference between boats shows up most. But beyond safety, you must give up in some areas to achieve in others. The boat must be aesthetically pleasing to the owner and not too slow – nobody likes a slow boat. But you can’t take a camper and put it on a Ferrari and say you have the ideal combination.” – Bill Crealock.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Wikipedia, William I. B. Crealock.

Designs by William I. B. Crealock

Columbia 22, 1966
Ericson 26, 1966
Columbia 28, 1967
Columbia 36, 1967
Excalibur 26, 1967
Columbia 21, 1968
Columbia 28 (Coronado 28), 1969
Islander 23, 1969
Clipper Marine 4C, 1969
Sailcrafter 36, 1969
Clipper Marine 26, 1970
Columbia 36, 1970
Kendall 32, 1971
Westsail 32, 1971
Clipper Marine 21, 1971
Willard 30/8T, 1973
Dreadnought 32, 1973
Cortez 16, 1973
Westsail 42, 1974
Fales Navigator 32, 1974
Clipper Marine 30, 1974
Tiburon 36, 1974
Clipper Marine 1/4 Ton, 1974
Harstad 31, 1975
Clipper Marine 23, 1976
Cabo Rico 38, 1976
Clipper Marine 32, 1976
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, 1978
Pacific Seacraft 34, 1984
Pacific Seacraft 31, 1985
Dana 24, 1986
Cabo Rico 34, 1987
Pacific Seacraft 44, 1990
Pacific Seacraft 40, 1995
Cabo Rico 45, 1998