The Pacific Seacraft 31 differs from the larger boats in the range in that it makes a departure from the traditional double ender styling in favor of a near vertical transom which opens up more space in the aft sections. The long cruising fin, bustle and skeg hung rudder is still there and above deck a cutter rig is retained, though there is an option for a simpler though less ocean-going sloop rig.
There is a shoal draft version which features a Scheel keel drawing 4′ over the standard 4′ 11″. The patented Scheel keel is said to reduced leeway and improve tracking over a standard shoal draft fin. Other variations include tiller steering found in earlier boats, later boats offered Edson rack-and-pinion steering.
On deck is a relatively large cabin truck with lots of portlights. The cabin top is flat featuring a large forward two-way hatch as well as twin dorade vents. Further back in the cockpit are seats that are 7 feet long with contoured backs; three lockers are below the seats, there’s also a vented gas locked on the starboard coming. The helmsman also has a contoured seat.
Down below the boat has a very open feel which is usually the domain of much larger vessels. The V-berth is 6′ 6″ in length with plenty of storage alongside the hull, as well as above and below the berths. A curtain separates the V-berth from the main saloon. In the saloon are twin settees either side of the table which seats six comfortably and attaches to the compression post. The table can be stowed away completely beneath the V-berth.
Further back on port is the galley with its two burner stove and twin sinks, unfortunately both are a decent distance from the boat’s centerline . Opposite on starboard is a standup nav-station. There’s also a seagoing double berth on the port quarter which can be access by climbing through behind the galley.
The engine is located in the usual location below the companionway stairs which forms an engine cover, there is very good access from all sides to the engine and the stuffing box is very easy to reach.
The hull is laid up by hand in solid fiberglass and water resisting vinylester resin is used on the outermost layer and isophthalic polyester resin in the layers below. This combo should provide excellent resistance to osmosis. Some articles document the hull being hand-laid with vinylester resin throughout with kevlar fiber reinforcing which provides excellent toughness; this may be true for later boats.
Lead is used for ballast. The fiberglass rudder has internal reinforcing from a steel plate and mounted to the fiberglass skeg which itself is reinforced with steel. The pivot is bronze.
The deck is made of marine plywood sandwiched between GRP on both sides with a non-skid pattern molded on the top. The hull-to-deck join is glued and is solidly through-bolted with 1/4 inch stainless bolts every four inches.
The interior is built from a single full-length molded pan bonded to the interior of the hull. It’s a method that’s consistent with many modern production boats, cheaper to build with advantages in increased hull stiffness, reducing creaks and groans but has the sacrifice of accessibility to all areas of the hull.
The boat with its long cruising fin and skeg-hung rudder tracks well. The best point of sail is beam or broad reach, however it’s not particularly close-winded with boat speed dropping off quickly with apparent wind angles of less than 40 degrees. Overall the boat is well balanced and is easily sailed short handed.
There are no reported weaknesses for this boat, in general Pacific Seacraft build very strong purpose-driven boats. Most problems that have been reported have resulted in owner neglect and to a lesser degree age. Prices have remained high reflecting buyer demand.
Equipped with the following:
Engine – Yanmar 3YM30F Diesel, PSS Shaft Seal.
Edson CD-I wheel/Steering single lever engine control. Hull finished in three coats of epoxy below waterline
Force 10 2-Burner stove with oven
Harken blocks and deck hardware. Single harder’s package: Main halyard, Genoa halyard and two single line reefs led aft
Spinlock line clutches
Teak rubstrake, Teak cabinets over settee, Privacy curtain track for V-berth, bottom paint Interlux two coats,
Teak caprail with hand fitted butterfly joints, two tone, teak eyebrow on cabin side, Harken #16 Halyard winches llos, coaming boxes port and starboard, teak dorade boxes with chrome dorades, stainless steel dorade guards, Harken #44.2 STC primary winches llos, varnished exterior teak six coats.
Spars and Rigging
Harken roller furling system unit 1, Harken #BBC Genoa halyard winch on mast, 4:1 block & tackle self cleating boom vang, cutter rig deck hardward and winches only.
Upgrade to three group 31 lifeline batteries, 110 volt AC shore power system, lightning ground, accessory 12-volt DC breaker panel, Sea Frost BD3 12 volt DC refrigeration, PSS mechanical shaft seal, PYI shaft saver.
Electric bilge pump with float switch, hot and cold fresh water system. Galley and head sink faucets fitted with temperature mixing valves. Back up foot pump at galley only. Head faucet is also a shower. Electric shower sump pump with overboard discharge. Req. shore power system.
Full batten mainsail with two reefs and cover, 130% RF Genoa with UV cover, 100% RF Yankee with UV cover, staysail hank on, removable stay and rigging, custom dodger with grab bar.
RayMarine ST 60 Instruments: speed/log/temp/timer/depth and wind on steering pedestal, RayMarine 6002+ Autopilot, Icom VHF radio with antenna and RAM Mic, Ritchie SP5 compass with cover.
Ground Tack/Safety 25 pound CQR with 25′ chain, 200′ 1/2″ nylon rode, 4-8×20 fenders, 4-dock lines, 2-fire extinguishers, boat hook, USCG required safety package.