Last summer I purchased a Gulfstar 53 Pilothouse MS. Mine has an aluminum
pilot house over the center cockpit
. It had just returned from a 10 year around the world trip when I purchased it. I am still in the process of updating everything for another trip.
A MS is not a sailboat. It is also not a trawler. The Trawler had two motors and was top heavy with the fiberglass
superstructure and fly bridge.
You have to take in consideration, when you are talking about ballast, the Fuel
onboard. Mine has a 500 gallon fuel tank
and 350 gallon water.
A MS will never point as well, be as fast, or sail as well as a traditional sailboat. But, you have the best of both worlds.
My boat has been around the world twice. The previous owner bragged to me that this boat has a 2000 max. mile range just on fuel
I have the original sales paperwork from when the boat was new. Gulfstar bragged of being able to run 10 to 12 knots at 4 gall per hour, but I have not confirmed this.
Personally, I would recommend a Motorsailer
, but you have to understand what it is that you are buying