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. 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. It could be said that the Pacific Seacraft of yesteryear had an affinity for pocket cruisers. 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. Pacific Seacraft ceased production of the Dana 24 in 1997, but after a three year hiatus interest was reignited as the economy slowed. In 2007, Pacific Seacraft entered receivership before changing hands to its new owner, Stephen Brodie.
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. The boat retains the signature cutter rig, that’s so popular among the blue water fraternity. The cockpit provides good protection from the elements and there are two generously sized cockpit drains. 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. 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.
True to Pacific Seacraft tradition, the hull and deck are solidly constructed from hand laminated fiberglass.
Since 1989 the boat has had eight rectangular bronze port lights in place of the original round bronze ports. Like all Crealock designs, the Dana 24 integrates a good deal of comfort in a well controlled and balanced hull. 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. 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. The Dana 24 is a well proven boat and to date no significant weaknesses in her construction have been found.
Add your stories, experiences, tidbits, updated information - whatever you think is useful to others. I bought a Dana last year and her name is Wizard’s Tide we were wondering how she got that name. 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.
Also: I am not sure about your information on the Dana being the first commissioned boat Crealock designed for PS. I do know personally of at least two Atlantic crossings; and four Pacific crossings (including one to New Zealand and one to Japan). 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.
You can verify these numbers with Max at Seacraft Yachts but a total run of 348 is NOT accurate. I drew up the plans over about 8 weeks with assistance from John Woods, who also had worked for Bruce Roberts when I did. I designed other frameless steel boats, notably the Amazon 29 and the Opal 28, neither of which came anywhere near the 24 in popularity.
Thanks goes to Tony Fountain (co-writing and research), and also designer Grahame Shannon (designer comments used under permission). However I know that western junk rigged boats have a rather bad reputation against the wind, and it is because almost all of them had quite low aspect ratio and flat sails in the past. I read your comment with interest and as I have just finished reading a wonderful book an an Englishmen that sailed his junk rigged 20 footer to the Arctic Circle and back, I am getting interested in the rig concept, Any information would be appreciated. It is a distinct pleasure to represent such a well designed, well built, and well found cruising yacht in great condition.


Her interior is bright and open with a lovely teak finish, The design affords great visibility, ventilation, and light, as well as the option of steering while out of the elements.
Propane stove, oven, ice box, pressure water, stainless steal sink, hot water heater, ample storage.
The boat combines traditional styling with the kind of keen craftsmanship and solid construction upon which Pacific Seacraft built its reputation. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Some have optionally been setup for single handing with sheeting and halyard lines led back into the safety of the cockpit. 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.
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.
The innermost layers are polyester and the outermost layers have utilized osmosis resisting vinylester resin since 1989. Lead is used as ballast and is encapsulated in fiberglass.  All through-hull fittings are solid bronze.
She’s seakindly boat with a mellow motion through the water and her high ballast ratio (nearly 40%) no doubt helps her ultimate stability.
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.
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). 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?
At 24 feet of length this little boat by conventional standards would be too heavy to work, but Shannon shed weight with clever use of steel as a skin over a frameless interior, stiffened by only interior furnishings much like the interior lining in modern fiberglass designs. In spite of her short hull, heavy displacement and wide beam, the Tom Thumb 24 has a reputation for surprising speed.
As with the nature of home build projects you can expect interesting variations between boats. Then I placed an advert in Cruising World offering plans for $99 with a small line drawing. In fact until I designed the Walker Bay 8 dinghy, the Tom Thumb 24 outnumbered all of my other designs put together in terms of boats built. Send them to us (1024x768 or better) at [email protected] or post them to our Facebook Page. This rare 32? pilothouse yacht was designed and built for easy cruising in comfort and safety. Built to owners coastal cruising needs- this classic cutter rig- has a 50hp Yanmar diesel, full galley, enclosed head, roomy salon and sleeping quarters, updated sails.
Yet for all her offshore capabilities she is one of a select few that can go home on a trailer. 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). A flip down cover over the stove provides extra counter space to work with, as does another in the seating area.
Chainplates are through-fastened to the hull with stainless steel bolts and full backing plates.
The Crealock philosophy being comfort and stability translates to lower crew fatigue and faster, safer passages.


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. Most of these recent boats are listing for more than that 2001 base price in 2014 which is interesting. I ordered, bought, and still own Pacific Seacraft’s Dana 24 Hull #348, the last Dana made by Pacific Seacraft. And so the wee Tom Thumb 24 makes an appearance as the smallest of steel go anywhere cruisers.
She can easily surpass her theoretical maximum hull speed of 6.2 knots, can point reasonably well, and thanks to her weight her motion remains comfortable. The design has enjoyed unexpected success and has inspired a range of siblings including the Tom Thumb 26, 28, 305 and 330.
She points reasonably well, as a full keel sailboat with fine entry can tack through 90 degrees of apparent wind in flat water, 100 when it becomes rough, but thanks to her weight she remains quite comfortable. I have Annie Hills book and I have taken many tips fro it, not the least of which is learning to cook in a pressure cooker! I created this site mostly for my own browsing pleasure, but if you like it too - all the better.
She is fully equipped for offshore passage-making and she would be welcomed back to the islands of the South Pacific with open arms!
She?s rugged, well equipped, and quite suitable for island hopping, a summer in Alaska, or that offshore passage you have always dreamed of. The name Graceful Exit came from the prior owner to signify his retirement and when Laurence took over the tiller the name was a fitting statement of his retirement as well,  and the name stayed. So dependant upon the tack,  you can always choose the high side and just securely roll into the cloth. To starboard there is an enclosed head are with head, integral shower pan, hanging locker and sink with hand pump. 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. Then I had the idea that if we designed her like a GRP boat with a monocoque hull, frameless, using interior plywood furniture as stiffening, that the weight would be within reason.
Then I sold the rights to Bruce Roberts, and he has sold many hundreds more, I don’t know how many exactly.
By the early-1980s the company was looking to augment Flicka with a larger boat of similar style. I have used the boat for local coastal cruising in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound.
Between 001 and 226 there were some cancelled numbers – but I have not taken the time to determine how many.
I had the boat delivered with a minimum of extras; for example, all three sails are traditional hank-on types. 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. Dodger; I have lived on boat for a couple of years and engine has run fine, oil and filters change regually. Here you can find some of the major brands for sale from other cooperating brokers in our industry. Take a look and give us a call on any of these listings, and we'll not only negotiate on your behalf, we'll represent you throughout the entire transaction!Search for Boats by Brand Although we're licensed to sell you ANY YACHT IN THE WORLD, here is the inventory of yachts that are for sale in Southern California.
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