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Gulfstar Yachts 50 Boats for sale
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La Salle, Michigan
1981 Gulfstar 50' Ketch Gulfstar Yachts was founded in 1970 by Vince Lazzara, an industry pioneer who in the early 1950s helped make a success of Aeromarine, one of the very first fiberglass boatbuilders. In the early 1960s he did the same at Columbia Yachts, which became the worlds biggest sailboat builder in its day. Early on Gulfstar emphasized low price and maximum interior space over build quality and sailing ability, but in the mid-1970s the company shifted gears and worked to deliver a more high-end product. The most notable manifestation of this was the Gulfstar 50, a large center-cockpit cruiser first introduced in 1975. The GS 50 was the best boat Gulfstar ever built and also the most popular, with 172 hulls launched during a six-year production run that ended in 1980. Designed by Lazzara himself, the GS 50 boasts superior interior joinery, generous accommodations, robust construction, and a well proportioned hull and rig. These days it is one of the best values on the brokerage market in a larger center-cockpit boat. Though better built than most Gulfstars, the GS 50 is not without its faults. Construction is simple and straightforward, with a solid hull laminate composed of multiple layers of mat and woven roving. (Note, however, a few hulls may be cored with balsa.) The hull is stiffened, not with liners, but with full bulkheads and furniture components that are tabbed in place. The deck is balsa-cored, with a through-bolted joint glassed over from below. The full-length rudder skeg is also bolted in place. The ballast, which consists of lead chunks embedded in concrete slurry, is encapsulated within the long fin keel. Problems over the years have included hull blisters, which normally are just cosmetic, but in some cases have involved saturated cavities surrounding the ballast. These must be drained and flushed before they are filled in. The mainmast step, an iron plate in the bilge directly over the keel, is subject to corrosion, while the mizzen step on ketch-rigged boats may have crushed the deck core beneath it. Leaking deck fixtures, hatches, and port windows are other common complaints. In some boats the bronze stern tube housing the rudderstock may eventually separate from the surrounding hull laminate and must then be rebonded in place. There have also been reports of loose tabs around bulkheads and sub-floor structures that also need rebonding. The good news is that many owners value their GS 50s enough that they are willing to make repairs. Well-maintained boats are not hard to find; boats in poor condition are priced accordingly and normally are worthy of reconstruction. For most owners the boats most attractive feature is its interior. The more popular layout, originally developed for the charter trade, features three staterooms and works very well for families. The master stateroom aft with an en sui
1974 Gulfstar Sloop Lazzara Yachts designed this Center Cockpit Ketch to provide remarkable living space for a 41 footer. She has a molded fiberglass hull and deck and offers Two Staterooms and Two private head compartments. The main salon has a convertible dinette and large settee that provides extra berths. She is powered by 2005 Yanmar 4JHE 50, has a Windlass, Opening ports for ventilation, varnished interior teak trim, She is powered by 2005 Yanmar 4JHE 50, has a Windlass, Opening ports for ventilation, varnished interior teak trim, U shaped Galley, Fin Keel and Keel Stepped Mast. Sails appear to be in very good condition. The Gulfstar yachts were built The Gulfstar yachts were built rock solid to withstand rigorous conditions at sea. 2005 Yanmar 4JHE 50HP under 2000Hrs 10' AB Dinghy with 9.9 Yamaha Outboard Honda Generator 200EU Call for your exclusive showing in the Abacos.