Yacht designer W.I.B. Crealock dies

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Yacht designer, sailor and author W.I.B. Crealock died Sept. 26 at his home in Carlsbad after breaking his hip in a fall, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 89.

Crealock worked for several boat makers during his career and designed several bestselling yachts. In 2002, his “Pacific Seacraft 36” was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame. He was part of the “golden age” of fiberglass design in the 1960s, the Times notes, when the use of fiberglass made boats quicker and less expensive to build and easier to handle.

“Crealock was known for his meticulous concern for details and his rigorous work ethic,” according to the article. “He rode his bicycle to work and could be seen late into the night working at his office in Newport Beach.”

He is survived by his wife, Lynne; a daughter, Anne; a stepson, Bevan Iredell; and a grandson.

Crealock’s ashes will be scattered at sea on Nov. 8. The public can watch from Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Brigantine Project Completion Loan, www.lamitopsail.org.

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