I have done a TON of research
on the Gulfstar 50 and it heads my list of cruising boats that would meet my families needs.
The Gulfstar 50 is a very solid, comfortable, good sailing (though pointing more than about 40 degrees apparent is said to be largely a waste of time) boat... tons of bang for the buck. They are very robust boats and offer tons of space.
But... the boats you can buy for $100K or less will need LOTS of refitting. The one that is currently for sale
I looked at several weeks back. It has been on the hard
for well over a year and I crawled all over it and spent a couple of hours looking it over. Its not a horrible boat but it needs LOTS of pretty much everything.
I reviewed all that that boat really needed and added it up and spending an additional $100K to really have the boat totally refit and ready to go would be very easy.
Then again, when done the boat would be worth what you have in it and you would have what would be in effect a new boat, with all modern gear
and ready to go anywhere.
Some things I like about the Gulfstar 50, particularly after looking at one in depth
: the hull
to deck joint is really well done. Through bolted, bonded and then well glassed over from underneath. Unless the hull to deck joint area is seriously damaged you can forget about water leaks
there. The heavily bonded to the hull chain plate
mounting points are massive and the chain plates themselves are well engineered (though I would add backing plates
rather than just the large washers the boat I looked at had.) All the rest of the rigging
and deck hardware
layouts are nice, but lots of the materials are very cheap
. I would figure to budget for an extensive cosmetic refit of the interior including replacing many of the thin veneer plywood
facia boards with real teak planking and such. But thats just me.
Other seeming cheap
stuff includes the hatches and ports
. If the boat is in largely original condition (and all the cheap ones are) then figure all this kind of stuff needs replacing.
It sounds to me like the 2 cabin
version could work for you. It gives a really huge nav station and expands the engine
room giving great access.