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Old 26-05-2011, 12:23   #1
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Gulf Coast 23 or a Spirit 6.5 ??

Has anybody ever heard of either of these boats or owned one? Im trying decided between the two and would like to get some of yalls input. Any pics or details you might have would be of great help!

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Old 03-06-2011, 08:55   #2
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Re: Gulf Coast 23 or a Spirit 6.5 ??

I owned a Gulf Coast 23 for awhile. It was a good sailing, simple, and cheap boat. The swing keel was made of cast iron and unless you keep up the maintainance on it, it'll swell with corrosion and cause problems. You have to keep the cable that hoists that keel and it's attachment in good shape. The hull was not very thick and riggng is fairly light so it's not a heavy weather boat. I had to reseal the hull to deck joint and chainplates on mine. I'm not familiar with the Spirit though I have seen a couple. They look like much more modern style boats where the GC 23 is a more traditional design.

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