Sean...as to the name, it matters little since it is so often mis-spelled but since I owned a Hirsch/Irwin 44 with the little gold Hirsch plate on the side I learned to properly spell the name. I even spelled it that way on my website when I described the boat some years ago. This is where the boat will be described
Further...here's a couple who chartered from the company's log..Walker and Nancy's BVI Bareboat History
Finally..go to the Gulfstar
Go to Gulf Star Owner's Club
click on "library" then "models and totals" and you will see Hirsch spelled properly.
Spelling aside...the boat was constructed for the charter
business like mine was. My point was not to dis the boat as a liveaboard
cruiser...only to note that the reason the price
is so much lower than similar aged center cockpit
boats...is because of the construction. In heavy seas one can expect a significant amount of hull
flex, and mast
pumping and hull
joint and port leaks
are common. You are right...it is no worse than a lot of boats that are taken across oceans. All depends how much risk you like. We will have to disagree on this Sean...but think it is rather uncivil of you to suggest someone disregard my advice. I think the price and the venue they were built for may suggest more to Eric about whose opinion is more valid.
ERIC....I have two friends with Gulfstar
50's that have made numerous passages offshore
to the islands without significant issues. These are solid boats for offshore
Mid-1980's Hylas44's and Tayana42CC should sell for in and around $150k and there are several T42 listings in that range now. I thought that price range was not too far off the 100k or so for a Hirsch...for real blue water
boats. As far as I know, only the Whitby42's are bluewater CC boats in and around the 100k range...BUT...unless the owner specified bolt fastenings...the standard was a pop rivited hull deck
joint. If looking for one of these...hold out for the bolted!
The oft cited (but admittedly incomplete) Mahina Expeditions BlueWater boat list does not include any Gulfstars but DOES include the Brewer and Whitby42's, the Norseman 447, and some of the older Amels...as the only affordable CC boats that can be found in the 100-150 price range.
Good luck on your search.