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Smaller boats are far cheaper to buy and cost far less in maintenence, are easier to manouvre in confined spaces like a marina – yet a boat around 24 feet can average well over 100 miles per day in good conditions and can be adequately seaworthy. The mast is easy to look after as it is well painted. I never did discover why they stopped using them but it was a mistake as they gave the boat a nice individual look that no other boats on the market could match. Also hatches that leaked. Short film made with GoPro HD under and above water. The toilet is a Grocco HF. They can also be unzipped when leaving the boat for a bit of ventilation. As soon as you add a few new toys there will be an unhelpful voltage drop. I have done my time on that score. When he designed the Dana back in the early 1980s he was about 65 years old and he used all his hard earned experience gained from a lifetime of creating and sailing yachts. The bow’s entry is quite fine and the bows not particularly flared and there is little overhang. The two cockpit seats are long enough to sleep on at 6' 3" in length, and have large lockers are below. The company recommenced limited production in 2000 however only a few were sold. The only evidence of what had happened was a small dent on the hanging locker door opposite the galley where the kettle had simply fallen off the stove because of the extreme angle the boat had got to and bashed into it. The lead ballast alone weighs 1.4 tons, or about 40% which is quite a lot by today’s standards. Save. They are top loading. It’s also easier for PSC to fit the seacocks centrally as they are easier to fit and connect. It has a cutter sloop rig, a spooned and slightly raked stem, a nearly vertical transom, a keel-mounted rudder controlled by a tiller, a bowsprit and a fixed long keel. A light boat might be faster but it’s more susceptible to waves and the quicker movement will tire you out quicker. Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 . The cabin shelving has removable fiddles and the hanging locker is louvered for extra ventilation. In fact, once the wind gets up, I drop all the foresails and carry on with just a reefed main. 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. I’m incredibly jealous of the traveling you’ve done in this little boat. They are all either below the water or exit through the transom. The basic boats are built to last with the best materials. Often in a good breeze we’ve averaged 6 knots to windward. If ever there is a problem with this I will have to somehow cut a hole to get access to it. Her interior space is around 50% larger than other boats of similar length, making her feel like a much bigger boat. Having said that, you seem to have prefered the original bronze portholes on Doolitle; I agree, great for looks but would that not be an enourmous hassle to keep shining? Despite these cosmetic problems we still launched the boat and after just one week set off home across the Atlantic. Under the table are two large sliding drawers and a third locker where the speed transducer is fitted. In fact it is there as a foot hold. The rain was torrential and horizontal in the strong winds. The company recommenced limited production in 2000 however only a few were sold. Water doesn’t collect anywhere on a Dana, all the surfaces and locker openings have angles or deep gutters to allow the water to flow away. For offshore cruising I would always take the cutter rig over a sloop. In 2007, Pacific Seacraft entered receivership before changing hands to its new owner, Stephen Brodie. Some problems have come to light since but because PSC no longer exist (at least as they were – they are now on the east coast) I have no come back. Beautiful photos too. The deck is balsa cored with plywood core in high load zones. The Pacific Seacraft 25 was eventually phased out when the company introduced Bruce Bingham's Flicka 20 to its lineup of yachts. The foredeck is spacious enough for sail handling and the front of the cabin makes an excellent back rest for two. The Dana 24 is a cruiser that will feel at home anywhere winds blow more than five knots. ‘Dave’ the Navico autopilot in charge. It’s true that in fine weather the Dana is better ventilated than most boats but as soon as it starts raining you need to close the ports or water will run in from the cabin top. All the woodwork that was made in the shop and later fitted was beautifully made. Indiantown, Florida; Pacific Seacraft Boats For Sale / Sloop Sailboats; Yanmar 2GM20F / 18 hp / 1428 hrs updated 2020-12-03T16:01:37.066Z $ 32,800. Perhaps he thought PSC was a cash cow and he’d make a packet but I think he soon tired of the idea and lost interest. By the time I got to the cockpit, any water that had filled the cockpit had already gone through the two cockpit drains. It’s very smart and a vast improvement on most manufacturers efforts. Mind you, it’s a small price to pay for the safety that a completely separate locker for the gas gives you. Another advantage of the mizzen is when you come to pull up the anchor. Pacific Seacraft preowned sailboats for sale by owner. ft.Headroom: 6' 1"Fuel: 18 US. By using more laminates you introduce more glued area and the chances of the sprit delaminating are reduced. In light airs many big boats do not do so well. In fact she’s quite happy in nasty conditions like this but she would be better if she would just sit at 45 degrees to the wind. She makes no leeway that I can discern. Boats, reviews, photography, bikes and an occasional rant. $24,500. I did ask PSC at the time why they fitted such a big engine to such a small boat. That is the question. Nothing fell off the shelves, in fact the motion down below was actually rather mellow and well damped. All This Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 Needs is a Destination. Pacific Seacraft Yachts are built for the seas. Excellent review! I keep an eye open for bubbling paint and scratches and take care of them as soon as I get a chance. Save This Boat. I googled “Dana 24” after seeing an ad in my regional sailing magazine – your review was the first result. Key characteristics such as draft, beam, length overall, … I did this for many reasons. Close Map. A jaunty sheer and a traditional look. My last boat was covered in varnish. There’s not much that can be done. A jaunty sheer and a traditional look. I have never seen a more detailed report on a yacht in 58 years of sailing. The Dana was designed in 1984 and the then owners of PSC did an absolutely brilliant job on the Dana. They are all oversized and totally solid. There is no flex on the boat anywhere. I often wonder how many people get to fall asleep while looking at the stars. What happened? View Seller Inventory Call Now 781-905-8311 Send Email Request Information. The wood can move so much that the glue line can simply break. We had some heavy weather but no anxious moments. The Dana is also built to a specification and not to a price and because of this she could never be described as a cheap boat. The fridge lid is sensibly made in two parts hinged in the middle so you don’t have to shift everything off the top to get into the fridge. After all the Dana is just 24 feet on deck and that is often forgotten. Because people insist on aft cabins these days, sterns have become wider and wider making steering the boat difficult and possibly dangerous in heavy weather situations. From one Dana owner to another, this is a very well written piece that certainly does justice to what this vessel is. She’s a proven performer in short, choppy conditions, and sailing down a Pacific wave. On Doolittle I wash the teak with soapy water from time to time but I never scrub it. Best advice: Don’t drop anything in there! A well designed small boat can be much better than a poorly designed big boat. Crew ‘On watch’. I love the feature of the head near the companion way…fantastic…hate those that are up the bow of the boat…single handing its a nightmare & and the kettle so close too It would be true to say that I am fairly intimate with my boat, it’s construction and behaviour. It was Laurent Giles who said: Your sailing yacht can never be better than a skilful compromise between conflicting considerations. Judging by the many mistakes and shoddy work done on my boat I think there was more going on that I can ever know. From day trips around the Puget Sound, to weeks long excursions to the San Juan Islands – these and even blue water adventures are all possible with this Pacific Seacraft Dana 24. £29,460 Seller POP Yachts 48. My last boat was simply dreadful and I’ve seen many small boats rolling so badly one wonders how the occupants can survive with their sanity intact. The William Crealock-designed Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 is well known in the sailing world for its sturdy construction, its compact efficient design and for being comfortable and capable in the waters of the Pacific Northwest or in the open ocean. If the whole boat was wood it might be a bit much. The first Danas cost about $100,000 at the time but later on, a cheaper way of building the hulls was found ( I never did discover what this was – I know the layup and types of cloth were changed and the Dana also lost a bit of weight). There is a switch by the sink which operates the shower pump which is installed in the stb cockpit locker. Even the saloon bunks are fully 2 metres long and easily wide enough for bottoms and sleeping. The Dana does come as standard with a swimming ladder whose bottom step goes far into the water making getting in and out of the water a doddle although it does make getting on and off from the stern at the quay rather inconvenient. Note: The new Danas made by Seacraft use cherry wood down below. Mexicans build my boat, deck visible in background. Secondhand ones start from about $50,000 if you can find one as they get snapped up pretty quick. She will happily go backwards as well. Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 Specifications / Specs & Details Brought to you by Cole Farms, Inc. Under the bed is a very large locker which runs the whole width of the boat. You can jump up and down anywhere on deck but you’ll see no movement. Nothing affects a boat’s steering more than a hole in the rudder! $40,000. The layup is generous indeed and the Dana’s hull is much thicker than any other contemporary boat of the same length. Pete Gallienne. Good sails, Yanmar 2GM20F diesel, starts right up and runs clean. Perhaps he wasn’t joking. They say you can’t polish the paint when it dulls because it ruins the paint but I have successfully polished the mast and it still looks good today. Bigger boats might be faster but when you’re so happy and comfy at sea, what’s the rush? Request Information. Pacific Seacraft used sailboats for sale by owner. All pipes are top quality and reinforced, held in place correctly where necessary. Proof of this can be seen in the Dana’s high second hand values. Sails are in good shape, main, jenny, working jib and spinnacker. 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. It’s times like this when you realise the importance of good design and solid build. Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. There are full length teak handrails on the cabin top so there’s no shortage of places to grab when going forward. Each vessel is hand crafted in Washington, North Carolina by master shipbuilders. I find the best sail set up for downwind sailing is to put the main on one side with a preventer line tied up forward. 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. In fact one did the Transpac and another the same as mine was sailed from New Zealand to France via Cape of Good Hope. Contact Us; Find a Trailer; Quote Request; To Place Your Order Call (919) 782 – 6007 or email email@example.com. And for the cabin top they offered stainless handrails. Keep up the reports on your incredible adventures. The cockpit is over 6 feet long. At the stern there is a gas locker which vents over the stern. The hull to deck joint is a double flange bedded in high tensile polyurethane adhesive compound and through-bolted with stainless bolts. Downwind the Dana is a witch. The Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 combines moderate displacement with a high ballast ratio to provide speed, stability and sea kindly cruising performance. The cabin is uniquely spacious and comes with everything needed for offshore sailing. Apart from these slight issues the Dana is not a hard boat to maintain. I recently became fascinated by sailing and joined a sailing club. year manufactured: 1985 1985 Pacific Seacraft 24, in good shape, equipped for coastal sailing and very capable of ocean crossings. This picture shows the Dana’s spacious oiled teak interior. The deck/cabin of mine had a number of bad design and construction faults that I have spent quite a few years correcting, one being water collecting in the cockpit seats and well. The fridge has a 100 litre capacity and is actually big enough for me to get into. To starboard there is an enclosed head are with head, integral shower pan, hanging locker and sink with hand pump. Above the locker is a useful fiddled space which is used for fruit mainly. The Dana might be a practical boat but she’s noticed everywhere she goes and passers by always comment positively. Clever stuff. There is a large panel under the companionway that comes out and also a very large cockpit engine panel held down with four knurled bronze nuts. I am a big guy and the Orion 27 fit the best. However it's the Flicka 20 that we remember most when we think of small and capable. Eastern Yacht Sales, Inc. 170 Shipyard Drive . What she was looking at was the sea! Small price to pay really. Over 6 foot of headroom and even a table that slides away under the V berth. Freestyle is a very nice example with all the … On the Pacific Seacraft Flicka, there is a deep quarter berth that is excellent for things like that but the Dana lacks this feature. I did some Googling, and found this video that seems to show a Dana24 heaving to – and so I’m just wondering if you had any input on that. Fuel tanks were made of aluminium until recently and after 20 years of sitting in bilge water many of them corrode and start to leak. New York, United States. PSC did all the important bits right. The interior is much larger than other boats her size with 6'1" standing headroom, berths for four, … […] the Dana 24 as an example. I too am a little biased since I own a Orion 27, but when I was looking for my Pacific Seacraft sailboat I checked out used Flickas, Dana24s, and PS31s. New on the market is a sharp looking Pacific Seacraft Dana 24. However this is not an easy job as the stanchions and life lines get in the way when working and varnishing around the genoa track is a pain, there’s also the bowsprit to consider. This is one of those classic ‘It will do because any other way is just too complicated’ decisions by PSC but it does make getting to the bowsprit to varnish it almost impossible. She might be small but she does all I could ever hope for. The factory maybe applied 3 or 4 coats and this is no way near enough. This is a photo of the inside of the Dana mould. The Dana 24 is obviously a fine vessel, but the insights and pictures given in the review are superb. Pacific Seacraft is best known for producing the Crealock line of sailboats. Sails are in good shape, main , jenny, working jib and spinnacker. There’s not much that can be done about this. It has a capacity of 150 litres. There is an excellent light on the mast that illuminates the foredeck perfectly at night. Once with a completely flat sea and a very light breeze, I was able to get Doolittle to hove to for half an hour with just the main sail. Thank you for all of this! It is made of pvc and has full length zips in it. I’m obviously biased as I hate varnishing but teak oil does protect the wood and that is what matters to me. All through-hull fittings are solid bronze. The rudder is fully protected behind the Dana’s full keel. That about sums up the interior although I haven’t mentioned the stainless steel pole right in the middle of the table. The Dana takes it one stage further though. By flying the mizzen, she behaves impeccably at anchor facing directly into the wind as if aground. What people fail to realise is how much work it is keeping a boat in shape. I can get speed up in moments but more importantly I can stop the boat instantly as well. $66,607 Seller Eastern Yacht Sales, Inc. 20. Both boats are extremely capable bluewater cruisers. ISBN:978-0939837328, Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere by John Vigor. Visible in the background are the open sheds where the boats are laid up. The mast and rig on the Dana is also heavy duty yet simple. It’s the down side of owning such a solid boat! Nothing much. Because the boat was designed for Americans all the dimensions are generous. It might be better to carry a spare engine fuel pump as they are very small and simply change it if it fails, rather than having a heavy, large and mostly useless electric pump in the engine bay. She sails upwind well and although she doesn’t point as high as some more modern yachts, she never disgraces herself. There are 3 lockers under each bunk which can take a huge amount of food. Manoeuvring the Dana is made easier by a tiller that lifts up and allows you to stand in the cockpit and look right along the boat. Ny boat is a modified version on the Dolphin 24 or Yankee Dolphin 34 built in USA. Going to sea should be taken seriously and many modern boats have far too many compromises to safety because of the need to compete in the market place. Even from new it was a noisy and clattery installation. Like most boats, the Dana has no dedicated place for rubbish as standard. The original owners had sold PSC to a Singapore company that ran the company for many years. How many ocean going yachts can also motor along canals? She’s responsive enough and changes direction quickly but there’s little feedback. Pacific Seacraft preowned sailboats for sale by owner. 1 talking about this. Even allowing for the fact that I was buying a production boat I was shocked at some of the bloody awful work he did. There is room here for most of our clothes. Later Danas are fitted with fibreglass tanks which should last a lifetime. 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. This Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 is a design ideal for daysailing and weekending, but also packed with features allowing her to make extended ocean passages if desired. Not many manufacturers today can say the same! Most Danas have a wooden cap rail and many of them are varnished. 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. There’s no place to stow anything over six feet long down below. It is a full 28mm thick! In the old days, PSC had their own portholes cast in New Zealand. After all, it was exactly what Slocum did with the Spray, and if it was good enough for Captain Slocum, then it’s good enough for me! On most voyages we can expect to average about 120 miles a day (5 kts ave) and this is most respectable. I contest this and blame the many owners who load up the boat with drag inducing additions like mast steps, fixed 3 blade props, bbqs, outboard engines, davits, solar panels etc. Here is a 2003 Dana with chromed bronze fittings and varnish. Post author By admin; Post date July 11, 2010; This is a Photoshopped picture of Doolittle to see how she would look with a tan coloured mizzen sail. 25 knots of wind in the Straits of Gibraltar on route to Africa. I too would be proud to own such a vessel. There is also a large locker under the stove. For a long time it had me puzzled. The Dana 24 has always been a head turner when you sail her, but she also typifies the quality that the sailing world has come to expect from Pacific Seacraft. On some Danas the shelf is turned into cupboards but I think they make the boat look a bit fussy and cluttered. 914-506-5372 × Advertisement. 781-469-0775 × Save This Boat. It was definitely one of those, ‘What the hell are we doing here’ situations. However, they’re nothing to the problems I have seen on many other modern boats. In total at least 250 boats have been built. Go small, go now. The Dana has one peculiar trait that I have not yet managed to fully understand. An open plan accommodation that allows a heads compartment that is large enough for a sink, toilet and a shower, and indeed has a shower tray already fitted as standard, it sleeps 4 very comfortably, two in the forward V berth and one either side on the saloon bunks, your feet go into a large space under the V berth. Yet for all her offshore capabilities she is one of a select few that can go home on a trailer. Every fitting on the boat is bolted through with backing pads. Having the Kiwiprop helps a lot and I can now confidently moor Doolittle in the most demanding conditions. If I won the lottery I wouldn’t buy a bigger boat. This seems a good choice for the heavy Dana. There are no visible seacocks on either side of the hull. Most Danas have wooden handrails bolted through the cabin top and again, many are varnished. When we ordered Doolittle we asked PSC to fit a closed cupboard which has worked well. This photo shows a Dana 24 with the inner liner bonded in. I work on small areas at a time. There is no stretch of water on the planet that the Dana couldn’t get to. Because she has no overhangs, her ultimate speed is limited but she gets to hull speed very quickly and will hold it for weeks on end. Considering how important a rudder is I applaud PSCs efforts. Modestly equipped and in good shape, 2GM20F Yanmar diesel, fresh water cooled, starts without hesitation and runs clean, low hours, can't be verified. There’s plenty of room behind the engine for a decent sized hot water tank. There is a table that slides away under the front bunk which can seat 4 around it. Other things that might not be so obvious are the numerous and large cleats on deck. It has not been very reliable and has needed repairs a few times. Photo of Doolittle taken at Cannes by James Taylor Nikon D3 All photos in this post taken with a Leica Digilux 2 unless otherwise stated. I might not always agree that PSC chose the right way but they did at least consider it and then chose the best compromise that fitted into their philosophy for building boats. The interior layout demonstrates excellent functionality and clever use of space. It’s not a big deal. And the principles in the review can be applied to almost any boat. The design was built by Pacific Seacraft in the United States from 1974 to 1999, but the company went out of business in 2007. The company was featured in the book The Worlds Best Sailboats by Ferenc Mate. Design. Interestingly, the Dana 24 molds were not part of Brodie's acquisition. Most Danas were finished down below with teak oil rather than varnish. It’s an excellent oven with flame failure devices and a spark for lighting the various flames. 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. However there’s no reason why it should cause trouble for decades but…. The William Crealock-designed Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 is well known in the sailing world for its sturdy construction, its compact efficient design and for being comfortable and capable in the waters of the Pacific Northwest or in the open ocean. A very traditional boat, with great lines. It’s relatively easy to access the contents even though it is placed far aft in the galley. This is something I just cannot imagine happening on the Dana. Often moving the boat with the old two bladed prop was impossible, the prop just didn’t have the bite and the boat was too heavy. Chainplates are chunky and bolted through with backing plates. Here’s yet another nice feature: The life lines come off on either side of the cockpit and at the stern making getting aboard, no matter how you are tied up, very easy indeed. …Excellent review btw, I have been looking fo rthe ‘right’ Dana 24 and when I find it… Also I love the dark hull wish I cold find one with dark gelcoat like yours. Offering the best selection of Pacific Seacraft models to choose from. This is more than just helpful, dirt and grime will damage gel coat given time so by staying clean, it stays good looking and shiny for longer. Again, practical but somehow out of character, cold and unfriendly. However PSC have used it well as it makes a good thing to grab at sea and it also supports the table by the use of a stainless pin which slots into a hole in the post. You would be amazed at how many modern boats have omitted this basic and sensible feature. This Dana 24 in particular was outfitted for … Since my boat has the 3YM I can’t really comment about the way the Dana works with the 2GM as I have only been on an old Dana briefly. This was a steady speed we maintained. The boat is all teak below. Long exposure, early morning. 2003. By the way could you tell me the name of the band playing that fine music on your video? This mizzen mast is also very helpful at the anchorage. For most people an inflatable boat is the best compromise. There were other owners who had similar problems. The heads compartment has all you need but is small. The misconception being that big boats are better, more comfortable and faster. Chainplates are through-fastened to the hull with stainless steel bolts and full backing plates. Better glue lines on this bowsprit and much easier to maintain and inspect. The interior module is also of vinylester resin and is bonded to the hull with fiberglass mat and woven roving. Thanks. The bulkheads are fitted and glassed in as well, and in places they are also bolted in. I f I was to change my Colvic Watson 32 Motor Sailor the Dana would be my only choise. Behind the sink and cooker is a deep cupboard with two sliding doors. When you’re not feeling well this can be unhelpful. I don’t really mind but when it’s very windy, the bows catch the wind and she drops downwind and pulls up hard against the anchor and because the boat is so heavy it can have enough force to rip the anchor out of the sea bed. It is a full 2 metres long and wide, tapering as it goes forward. Early Danas had frames with external brass hinges. 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