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


Cabo Rico - voted the
'Ultimate Bluewater Boat'
by SAIL Magazine



It was love at first sight.

We first met Dream Time on April 22, 2000. She was on hard stands looking 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 issues on our 1,260 nautical mile round trip journey from New York to Bermuda: the original Perkins 4108 diesel engine refused to run on our return passage, the main bilge pump, autopilot and refrigerator/freezer also decided to stop working too; the worn genoa ripped down its entire length during a Gulf Stream squall, and a fracture down the forward diesel tank dumped 20 gallons of diesel into the bilge.

We made it safely back to New York and despite the setbacks we were proud of our achievement. For the next seven years, and with the help from Brewer Yacht Yard in Glen Cove, New York, we dedicated much of our spare time and energy to fully restoring Dream Time in preparation for her world circumnavigation.

Hull number:
Hull material:
Hull length:

Cabo Rico
W.I.B. Crealock
Cutter-rig sloop
11’ 4”
5’ 6"
9 tons

In addition to being our home and transportation to explore the world, Dream Time is also a floating design studio. View a schematic below to see how Neville works from sea. Click here to learn more about the design agency Neville founded in 1997, his creative diversity, and to view some of his International Davey award-winning designs >

From masthead to rudder post, Brewer Yacht Yards helped fully restore Dream Time to cruising readiness. So whether you're planning a world circumnavigation or a summer sail to Block Island, visit Brewer Yacht Yards and learn how their outstanding services and support will ensure your voyage is a successful one.


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


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.


Installed new 3-burner Force 10 stove & solenoid
Installed new Wilcox Skipper II head with all new hoses.
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.


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.


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 & polyurethaned.
Installed new Lewmar V4 windlass with 300’ of 5/16", high-test anchor chain & primary 60lb CQR.



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.


Installed two 85-watt solar panel.
Installed new Ventura150 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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.
Built new fridge / freezer box with 4" & 6" of insulation, custom stainless steel interior, custom shelving & teak counter top with folding extension.


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 & spring damper.
Installed new transmission & engine oil coolers.
Installed new starter motor.


Installed new Vesper Marine XB-8000 Transponder / SP160 AIS/VHF Splitter.
All new standing rigging & fittings (offshore cruising insurance requires new rig every 10 years).
Serviced all canopies, dodger & bimini.
New Aqua Signal tri-color / anchor masthead light to replace failed unit.
Rebedded stanchion bases with custom backing plates / welded mounting bolts.
Galvanized primary anchor chain.


Replaced 1997 Viking life raft with new 4-man Zodiac.
Installed and bonded custom engine zinc to raw water intake.
Fitted new lifelines.
Fabricated & installed new stainless steel pulpit frame.


Installed new feed pump for Spectra watermaker.
Fabricated Sunbrella chaps for dinghy.
Sanded teak decks to remove proud seams & low spots.
Restitched genoa, replaced clew webbing & serviced mainsail.
Replaced all head discharge hoses & serviced Y-valve & syphon break.
Installed new air-cooled refrigeration system (BD50 compressor) for fridge/freezer.
Installed new Aquair (Ampair) tow generator.
Serviced watermaker, installed new annular rings, reversing valve & o-rings.



2020/21: Replaced heat exchanger core, all coolant hoses & gaskets.
New engine mounts.
New sound proofing in engine compartment.
New exhaust mixing elbow.
Removed & inspected oil coolers.
Re-galvanize primary chain and both anchors.
New gelcoat on head floor.
Re-built Skipperhead II. All new gaskets / valves. Stripped & painted.
Removed, serviced & painted Lewmar V4 windlass.
Cleaned, painted and organized wiring in all lockers, cupboards, storage areas, bilge & lazarette.
New lightening grounding wires. / New bonding wires.
New LED cabin lights & all new 120 volt outlets with USB ports.
Renovated galley: new solid quartz counter top, fixtures, plumbing & macerator pump.
Rebuilt book shelves backs & salon cupboards with easy access to chainplates.
Stripped, sanded & varnished entire cabin (two months of restoration).
Stripped, sanded & polyurethane entire cabin sole.
View project photos >

2022: New entertainment system (TV, bluetooth stereo both AC & DC, internal and external speakers).
New Sunbrella dodger, bimini, connector & full Strataglass cockpit enclosure.
Two new Gel-Tech 4D 200 amp hour house batteries.
New Optima Redtop starter battery.

2023: New Tides Marine Strong mainsail track.
New iCOM Command Mic.
New shower sump pump.

2024: New North Sail fully-battened main.
New North Sail 135° genoa.
New running rigging & main halyard.


View Dream Time's complete
2020 / 2021 cabin refit >