"The Cabo Rico 38 hull shape is the one in which everything came together best." - Bill Crealock

 



It was love at first sight.

We first met Dream Time on April 22, 2000. She was out of the water and looking wet, cold, lonely, and out-of-place. Her clipper bow, teak decks and classic lines suggested she belonged somewhere warm, tropical and romantic, not stranded in a car park in Glen Cove New York.

At the time we had no idea who designed her (Bill Crealock) or where she was built (Costa Rica), but we knew, just by looking at her, that she was the right cruising boat for us. We made an offer that day, bought her three weeks later, then after just six weeks, to get acquainted, sailed her from New York to Bermuda.

We quickly discovered that Dream Time (then named Salty Dog) was as solid as her reputation. Unfortunately, however, we did experience a few 'minor issues' on our 1,260 nautical mile round trip journey from New York to Bermuda: Ol' smoky - the Perkins diesel engine refused to run on our return passage, the main bilge pump, autopilot, refrigerator and airconditioner also all decided to stop working. The worn genoa ripped down its entire length during a Gulf Stream squall, and a fracture down the forward diesel tank spilt over 20 gallons of diesel into the bilge. We made it back to New York safely and despite our minor problems and set-backs, we were ecstatic with our achievement. For the next seven years we dedicated much of our spare time and energy to fully restoring Dream Time in preparation for her world circumnavigation.

View our annual restoration and project work on Dream Time >

 
  Hull number:
Built:
Builder:
Designer:
Rig:
Hull material:
LOA:
Hull length:
Beam:
Draft:
Displacement:
40
1981
Cabo Rico
W.I.B. Crealock
Cutter-rig sloop
Fiberglass
41’
38'
11’ 4”
5’ 6"
9 tons





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Working at sea
In addition to being our home, Dream Time is also a floating office. In preparation to sail around the world and continue working for i&D, a multimedia design agency based in New York, Neville installed communication hardware that enables him to stay connected with his business partners and clients, keep working and remain powered, even in the remotest corners of our world.

Read some of Neville's articles and magazine contributions (PDFs) about working at sea, and view his floating office schematic below:





 


 

 

2002:

Replaced Perkins 4108 diesel engine with a new Yanmar 4JH3E (50hp).
Replaced forward diesel tank with new 25 gallon aluminum tank.

2003:

Installed stern-mounted Ampair Pacific 100 wind generator.
Installed new Adler Barbour, air-cooled refrigerator with large vertical evaporator.
Installed new 12,000 BTU Mermaid air conditioner.

2004:

Installed new 3-burner Force 5 stove & solenoid, Wilcox Skipper II toilet with all new hoses & valves.
Installed new Furuno radar, Garmin chartplotter & B&G wind system.
Installed new Edison 'off-shore' grade pedestal & steering system.
Removed old cockpit teak, cut-away fiberglass & balsa core. Layered new foam/epoxy core,
    fiberglassed, & installed new teak planking.
Removed/inspected all chainplates, removed & rebedded rubrails, painted hull with Interlux Awlgrip.

2005:

Complete deck restored: removed old teak planking, cut away fiberglass & removed old balsa core. Removed bowsprit. Installed foam/epoxy core, new fiberglass top-layer (solid fiberglass at bow for
    deck cleats & windlass installation - no core), installed new teak planking with no fasteners.
New lifelines & complete new deck hardware (cleats, deck fills, padeyes etc.).
Fabrication & installation of new stern railing with seats.

2006:

Replaced all thru-hulls.
New suit of North Sails – main, yankee, 135° genoa.
All new Lewmar cockpit winches & sheets fitted.
All bronze portlight removed, cleaned & rebedded. Teak hatches removed & revarnished.
Coachroof stripped - 2" core holes removed from each fastener fitting, epoxy applied.
Coachroof painted with Interlux Awlgrip. New hardware installed into epoxy core.
New aft 60 gallon water tank installed under cabin floor.
Salon floor stripped, sanded & revarnished.
Installed new Lewmar V4 windlass with 300’ of 5/16", high-test anchor chain & primary 60lb CQR.


BEGAN CIRCUMNAVIGATION:



2007:

Rudder removed, core reinforced with steel plate.
New standing rigging & turnbuckles.
Mast & spars stripped, sanded & painted.
Installed complete new Tides Marine mainsail track with new sail slides.
Installed new B&G autopilot RAM & serviced old RAM for spare.
Installed new Garmin 3206 color chartplotter.

2008:

Installed two 85-watt solar panel.
Installed new Catalina 150 Spectra watermaker.
Installed new iCOM IC-M802 SBB radio.
Installed new Iridium 9505A satellite phone with externally mounted antenna.
Insulated fridge and improved compressor air ventilation.
New set of Sunbrella bimini, dodger & sun awnings.
New cockpit cushions.

2009:

Stripped caprails, installed new headsail tracks. Raised bootstripe 4".

2010:

Full osmosis treatment under waterline with epoxy vinylester coating system.
Installed two new 225 amp gel house batteries.
Installed new wiring & master breaker panel.
Fitted new glass in all portlight windows.
New sun awnings, sail covers & salon cushions.
Removed, sandblasted and painted main traveller.
Serviced liferaft & new hydrostatic release.
450 feet of new 9mm DIN766/A anchor chain (primary & secondary anchors).
Installed new Isotherm (BD50), air-cooled refrigeration system.
Installed windlass rocker switch in cockpit.
Purchased step-down (230 - 115 volts) transformer.

2011:

Installed locking ABI floorboard latches.
New quarter deck sun awning.

2012:

Installed new Shurflow freshwater pressure pump.
Replaced membrane, feedpump & high-pressure o-rings in Spectra watermaker.

2013:

Replaced failed Raritan tank with new Isotemp 24 liter water heater.
Installed new Tides Marine Strong mainsail track.

2014:

Installed new B&G wind vane / anemometer.
New Edson instrument pod at helm.
Sanded & painted pedestal with International Perfection. Installed new engine control kit.
Installed new D400 Eclectic Energy wind generator.
Reinforced bowsprit mounts: removed bowsprit, cut away deck & fiberglassed solid white cedar
   block inside hull (from hull to deck) to add strength to deck to hull joint. Installed custom sleeves
   through bowspirt & deck for mounting bolts to prevent wear. Faired, painted & new teak trim.
Removed forward aluminum diesel tank & replaced with new stainless steel tank.
Repaired minor leak in forward watertank (loose baffle bolt).
Remodeled head with new hardware & custom Corian counter top.
Galvanized primary & secondary CQR anchors.
300 feet of new 9mm chain for primary anchor.
Removed mast winches, addressed aluminium corrosion, repainted & mounted hardware.
Complete new set of cockpit cushions (with closed-cell foam), covers & canopies.
Serviced all sails.


2015:

Installed new Mastervolt 12/2500-100 Inverter/Charger with Masterlink MICC.
Installed new Ample Power alternator regulator.
Installed new Balmar high-output alternator.
Organized wiring in main battery compartment.
Complete service & rebuild of Spectra watermaker - replaced all high-pressure gaskets & o-rings.
Serviced Liferaft & EPIRB.


2016: Installed new Garmin 741xs touchscreen chartplotter.
Installed new 115 volt air conditioner pump.
Installed new Velvet Drive transmission and spring damper.
Installed new transmission and engine oil coolers.
Installed new starter motor.