Originally Posted by Rubikoop
I own a 39' Express not the PH Freedom. A good friend owned a 32' Gulf for many years and single
handed it into his late 60s. For living aboard
the Freedom is going to provide much more space. The Gulf is definitely a solid boat but didn't seem to sail particularly well. The owner seemed to be forever chasing electrical
issues. I don't know if that was caused by the age of the vessel or a poor initial installation
from the factory. He did eventually have nearly all the wiring
replaced with new breaker panels
installed $$$. I believe the owner told me concrete was used for ballast. I would think that on all points of sail there would be a substantial advantage to the longer waterline of the F39PH. Tacking the F39 is much easier. I second all comments made by PAF above.
Spent 7 years on a gulf 32, 3+ on a hook and never had a single electrical
issue, and the ballast is lead shot encased in concrete. Very comfortable boat for me, being 6'8" the only boat I've ever found that I could both afford and stand up in. My biggest issue were the waste storage
tank de-lamed from the wall it was attached under the front v-berth, it wasn't a huge deal it just settled into the compartment no leaks
but it should have been better attached.
Also the steering
uses a keyed clamping setup that after single-handing from ventura to sd had loosened up to the point that I came into mission bay in a steady 20+ k wind steering
with my feet with a screwdriver jammed into the ruder post emergency
tiller attachment point, hint owning a emrg. tiller is no good if you can't reach/find it..
And as far as pitching, the only time I had issue was trying to leave sd harbor during the americas cup when caught between and Aircraft Carrier incoming and a cruise-ship outgoing and me in the middle.. sky.. sea.. sky.. sea.. f-this run for the shelter island fuel dock
, buy $10 fuel
& $10 six pack, drink 6 pack..